Broncos regain form at home

By Jesse Tovar

The Broncos bounced back after losing two consecutive games on the road by defeating Stanislaus State 77-57 at Kellogg Arena Thursday.

Sophomore guard Casey McWilliam came out firing, making three 3-pointers to start the game giving the Broncos the spark they needed to dominate the game.

McWilliam ended the first quarter with 11 points. The Broncos ended the quarter on a 10-0 run and led 26-8.

“She came out aggressive and on fire and it was exciting to see,” coach Danelle Bishop said of McWilliam who was battling the flu before the game.

The Broncos went away from their strength inside to shooting 3-pointers, shooting six for nine from beyond the arc in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Broncos’ offense did not slow down, getting points from the outside from senior forward Alyssa Benton and also inside from senior forward Chelsea Waddy-Blow. The Broncos lead the Warriors 43-28 at the half.

Benton finished the game with 22 points leading the Broncos on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and 6-of-8 from three.

“When’s she’s confident it makes it harder for other teams to guard us when we are hitting the shots from the outside. She’s capable of doing it on any giving night,” Bishop said.

In the third quarter, the Broncos’ defense locked down on the Warriors only allowing them to score 11 points.

“I wanted to come in today and just do whatever I have to get the win whether it’s shooting the ball well or playing defense,” Benton said.

The Broncos led by as many as 28 points.

Junior guard Jackie Ricketson was one assist shy of a double-double collecting 14 rebounds to lead the Broncos while also contributing with six points.

“We challenged her this week and she stepped up and was aggressive,” said Bishop. “She saw the floor great tonight and made some great passes.”

Waddy-Blow had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds adding two blocks.

The Broncos defense held the Warriors to 22 percent shooting in the game and out rebounded the Warriors 60-35. Of the Broncos 60 rebounds, 24 came from the offensive end helping the Broncos outscore the Warriors 17-9 in second chance points.

The Broncos shot 50 percent from three making 12-of-24, their best percentageof the season.

“When we are home we have this sense of pride that the girls feel and I love it right now because we should have that sense of pride at home and should protect our home floor,” said Bishop.

The Broncos continue to dominate at home with a record of 9-1 and look to improve their record as they play Cal State San Marcos (7-12, 7-8 CCAA) tonight before travelling to UC San Diego and Cal State San Marcos this weekend.

Jackie Ricketson led the team in rebounds with 14 and was one assist shy of a double-double against Stanislaus State.

Anthony Carrillo / The Poly Post

Jackie Ricketson led the team in rebounds with 14 and was one assist shy of a double-double against Stanislaus State.

Ricketson is averaging 9.4 PPG this season.

Anthony Carrillo / The Poly Post

Ricketson is averaging 9.4 PPG this season.

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