Broncos ready to shoot, score

By Joshua Manly

Starting a season is nerve-racking enough for players at Cal
Poly with expectations ahead and tournaments looming in the
distance.

For Cal Poly’s women’s basketball team, it is a chance for
change.

After a disappointing season last year, the team is heavy on
senior leadership, including Ashley Moody, who was the team’s
second-leading scorer and floor leader for much of the campaign.
This season looks to other seniors such as forward Cassey Brick to
step up to the baseline with huge games on offense and defense.

Moody led the team in field goals made with 109 and was named to
the all-California Collegiate Athletic Association team for the
first time. The only other returning all-CCAA player is senior
Vanessa Dominguez who was named to the second team.

There is also the future to look forward to with the Broncos as
the floor leader of California Interscholastic Federation champion
Lynwood High School, Reyana Colson, is expected to have an
immediate impact as a ball handler for a team that struggled with
turnovers and ball movement in the paint.

The team will also need to improve it’s outside shooting, an
area where junior Lauren Kitaguchi should look to lead after making
34 three-point field goals last season.

While the Broncos look to be in form against stiff competition
from the CCAA, there is a certain feeling of calm around the gym as
well with first-year head coach Scott Davis. Davis comes in with
much less fanfare than last year’s head coach Michelle Fortier, who
was embattled much of the season with rumors of other candidates
being chosen ahead of her.

Davis has a set of accolades all his own, however, as he spent
the last two seasons as assistant coach at Sonoma State, which
earned its first tournament appearance since 2004 and Sacramento
State, which won more games in the 2005 season than it had since
moving up to Division I.

Davis was also the head coach of National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics school Dominican University for three
seasons between 2002-2005. During his tenure, Davis recorded a
record of 81-20 with two California Pacific Conference
championships and a conference tournament title.

The Broncos open home play this week Nov. 6 in exhibition play
against Cal State Fullerton as they look to finalize their active
roster and position players.

The Broncos open conference play on Nov. 30 against San
Francisco State, a team who split the season series last year, 1-1,
in nail biting fashion. The game should prove as a good indicator
for how the new look Broncos will fare in conference play.

Davis looks to lead the Broncos to the top of some significant
categories, as they finished near the bottom of the pack for most
offensive and defensive stats. They finished eighth in average
points allowed at 67.3 per game and ninth in points scored per game
with 61.3.

The Broncos will also need to vastly improve their free throw
percentage as they made only 64.7 percent of their attempts at the
charity stripe. The champion UC San Diego Tritons shot 75.1 percent
and scored 73.8 points per game.

Cal Poly will be looking to make a leap forward this season and
recapture success it hasn’t seen since the 2004-05 season, when it
went 20-8 and made it into the second round of the NCAA West
Regionals.

Broncos ready to shoot, score

Brandon Tan

Broncos ready to shoot, score

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