Broncos rule road against No. 20 Tritons

By Michael Zavala

The women’s basketball team faced its toughest challenges of the
season last week against two of the top teams in the California
Collegiate Athletic Association.

While the Broncos’ efforts may have fallen short in one of those
games, they picked up the pace when they needed to with a tough
road win.

Cal Poly (7-7, 4-4) defeated No. 20 UC San Diego on the road
Friday, 66-61, at RIMAC Arena. Two days earlier, the Broncos were
defeated by Cal State San Bernardino, 78-64, in front of a crowd of
361 during Pack the Gym Night at Kellogg Gym.

“[The San Diego game] is a big win for us,” said head coach
Scott Davis in a statement on the athletic department’s Web
site.

With the victory, the Broncos retained a .500 conference record
and stand alone in fifth place in the CCAA. They are only a half
game behind UC San Diego for fourth place in the conference.

As has been the norm this season, defense led the way in Cal
Poly’s victory against the Tritons, especially in the first half.
The Broncos led for nearly the entire first period by holding UC
San Diego to a 27.9 percent field goal percentage, which gave Cal
Poly a comfortable 32-25 lead at the half.

The game became a bit less comfortable for the Broncos in the
second half, however. After Cal Poly built its biggest lead of the
night, 42-32, UC San Diego went on an 8-0 run to come within two
and eventually took a three-point lead, 55-52, courtesy of a
3-pointer from the Alexis Mezzeta.

But Cal Poly kept its own despite UC San Diego’s efforts.
Freshman Reyana Colson hit a layup with 1:55 remaining to put the
Broncos up by two, 59-57, and senior Ashley Moody hit six free
throws down the stretch to secure their victory.

“We handled our composure pretty well,” said Davis in the
athletic department’s statement. “Ashley did a nice job of hitting
those shots late to seal it. We don’t hit those free throws and
it’s a different game.”

Colson led Cal Poly with 16 points, while junior Andrea Ohlssen
scored 14 and senior Vanessa Dominguez had 11. Moody had eight
points, with her six free throws coming in the game’s final
1:03.

The Broncos’ defense wasn’t quite as sharp Wednesday against Cal
State San Bernardino. They did a solid job of limiting Vanessa
Wilt, the CCAA’s leading scorer with 22.7 points per game, to only
10 points, but other Coyotes were ready to step up in her
place.

San Bernardino’s Rachel Johnson scored a game high 24 points,
most of which came via her 5-of-7 night beyond the arc. Overall,
the Coyotes hit 8-of-14 3-pointers.”We didn’t step on the floor
ready to play,” said Davis. “We tried to limit [Wilt]. We knew San
Bernardino was going to shoot threes … we allowed the players who
can shoot to shoot it well.”

Cal Poly kept it close for most of the first half, but San
Bernardino closed the period with an 8-2 run that gave it an
eight-point lead at halftime. The Coyote offense was too strong to
be stopped in the second half, and the Broncos were never able to
get closer than seven points.

“We just didn’t play well,” said Davis. “We didn’t hit good
shots.”

Colson led the Broncos with a season-high 20 points in the
losing effort. Dominguez, who had 11 points, was the only other Cal
Poly player to score in double figures.

Cal Poly returns to the court at home Friday against Humboldt
State and again Saturday against Sonoma State, which is tied with
Cal State San Bernardino and No. 16 Chico State for first place in
the CCAA.

Broncos rule road against No. 20 Tritons

Robert Jackson/Poly Post

Broncos rule road against No. 20 Tritons

Broncos rule road against No. 20 Tritons

Robert Jackson/Poly Post

Broncos rule road against No. 20 Tritons

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