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CSUB 'Runners basketball programs ready to return to the court in 2019

Credit: 23ABC News | Bakersfield
Published on October 16, 2019 - Duration: 02:09s
CSUB 'Runners basketball programs ready to return to the court in 2019
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CSUB 'Runners basketball programs ready to return to the court in 2019

RUNNER BASKETBALL INBAKERSFIELD.FOLLOWING MEMORABLE SEASONS FORBOTH THE MEN'SAND WOMEN'S PROGRAMS. .

.BOTHTEAMS ARE EAGER TO GETTHEIR FINAL SEASON IN THEWESTERN ATHLETICCONFERENCE GOING.STARTING WITH THE MEN.

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.WHOHAD A ROLLER COASTER YEAR INCONFERENCE PLAY LAST SEASON.

ATONE POINT THE RUNNERS LED THEW-A-C BUT WOULD FACE SOMEHEARTBREAKERS AND THEN BOW OUTOF THE WAC TOURNAMENT INTHE FIRST ROUND.THIS SEASON THEY ARE RETURNINGSIX OF THEIR ATHLETESAND PAIRING THAT WITH A MORESIZABLE TEAM.

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.AS THEY LOOK TOBALANCE THAT SPEED ANDATHLETCISM WITH SIZE ANDSTRENGTH.

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.A FACTOR THEYMISSED LAST YEAR.ROD BARNES: "WE COULDN'T THROWENOUGH BODIES AT PEOPLE, WECOULDN'T PLAY TWO POST PLAYERSTHAT WERE INSIDE TOGETHER ANDNOW WE GET AN OPPORTUNITY, WEHAVE REALLY, REALLY GOOD SIZE.WE WANTED TO ADD SOMETHINGDIFFERENT WHERE WETHOUGHT WE WERE HURTING AND THATWAS ENTIRE SCORING ANDREBOUNDING ANDHOPEFULLY WE ADDED THAT WITH THEGUYS THAT WE ADDED."THE RUNNERS OFFICIALLY BEGINTHEIR SEASON ON NOVEMBER FIFTH..

.AND HEAD INTO A COMPETITIVENONCONFERENCE PLAY FEATURING ATOTAL OF NINE OPPONENTS WHOPLAYED IN POSTSEASON AYEAR AGO.THE WOMEN FOUND SOME MORESUCCESS IN THE POSTSEASON.

.GETTING TO THE SECOND ROUNDOF THE WAC TOURNEY BEFOREFALLING TO UTRGV.THEY CARRIED THE PAIN OF LOSINGANOTHER SEMIFINALMATCHUP INTO THE OFFSEASON ANDNOW ARE HUNGRIER THANEVER TO RETURN TO THE TOURNAMENTAND MAKE A FINALSTATEMENT IN THE W-A-C BEFOREENTERING THE BIG WESTCONFERENCE THE FOLLOWING SEASON.GREG MCCALL: "WE KNOW THAT THISISOUR LAST TIME BEING IN THE WAC,I GUESS YOU CAN CALL IT OUR WACFAREWELL TOUR,THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN CALLINGIT, BUT WE WOULD DEFIINITELYLOVE TO FINISH IT OUTSTRONG AND LEAVE OUT ON TOP INTHE WAC MAKE HISTORY FOR THELAST TIME.WE WOULD LOVE TO DO THAT AND IKNOW THESE YOUNG LADIES AREWORKING SOHARD TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT ANDTHEY'RE PRACTICING HARD AND I'MCHALLENGING THEM."THIS WILL BE THE 'RUNNERS 20THSEASON FOR WOMEN'SBASKETBALL AND MCCALL AND HISLADIES OPEN THE SEASON AT HOMEON NOVEMEBER FIFTH AS WELL.

..AGAINST DOMINGUEZ HILLSBEFORE A TOUGH NON CONFERENCESLATE LIKE THE MEN.THIS PAST WEEKEND.

..WE HAD A

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