By Samantha Calderon
The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team came back with an 83-64 win against CSU Stanislaus Saturday night after losing to Chico state Thursday night 85-73.
The Broncos were on a five game winning streak before Thursday’s loss, having not lost since Jan. 3 against CSU East Bay. Despite the loss, CPP continued to hold first place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association at 9-2 and 13-3 overall.
“When your at the top, you have a red target on your back and every team is going to bring their A-game; every team wants to beat you,” said head coach Danelle Bishop. “It’s about getting that focus where you understand that, accept it and embrace it to come out with that same focus and mentality that ‘no, we’re coming after you’ and that’s where we are getting to.”
The Broncos didn’t hold a lead against Chico State, but they did stay strong in their defensive rebounding throughout the game.
“It’s good adversity to go through at this point in the season,” said Bishop. “A lot of things we have been trying to focus on getting better at, those things really showed tonight, so we take it as a learning experience and I think we will be just fine and adjust just fine.”
In the first half, junior center Jada Blackwell led the team with 11 points. The Broncos made nine of 13 free throw attempts and shot 10 of 22 from the field.
The Broncos came back protecting their home court in the second half, making five of the eight attempted three-pointers and doubling their rebounding and assisting.
“On [Thursday], if we would have came out like we did in the second half in the first half, that would have been a whole different ball game,” said Bishop.
The Broncos recognized the pressure being put on them by CSU and made some changes during halftime, taking care of the ball more and putting pressure on their three point shooters.
“I think we let them control the tempo of the game and I think that is where we could have done a lot better in the first game,” said redshirt-junior Ariel Marsh. “We needed to control the tempo and control the level of aggression and that’s why the first half was not our typical showing of basketball.”
Overall, Marsh and Blackwell led CPP with 24 and 15 points, respectively. Twenty one of the 46 attempted field goals were converted along with six of the 13 three-pointers.
“We definitely don’t like losing at home because we like to protect our home court,” said junior guard Mian Dingle.
Saturday’s game against CSU Stanislaus resulted in an 83-64 win.
The Broncos bounced back and did not let Thursday’s game effect their focus.
“We just played our game [on Saturday] and were more focused,” said Marsh. “We controlled the things we could control and didn’t worry about the rest.”
Four CPP players scored in double figures, including Marsh, 23, junior forward Ashley Lovett, 20, Blackwell, 17, and senior guard J.J. Judge, 10.
As the Broncos outrebounded the Warriors 36-31, Lovett and Blackwell led the team with 10 rebounds each.
CPP distributed the assists evenly, but Tyler Woods recorded a season best six assists.
“[CSUS] is hard to guard because they share the ball so well and have a lot of scorers,” said Marsh. “We made a lot of extra unselfish passes that led to easy shots. The assists were a testament to our unselfish playing.”
The Broncos will be on the road next week to take on UC San Diego on Friday and Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday.
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