Women’s basketball team stays undefeated

By Justin Park

Cal Poly’s women’s basketball team pushed their season record to
2-0, following a 79-55 victory over the Dominican University of
California last Tuesday.

The away game in San Rafael, Calif. maintained the momentum
gained in the season opener, in which they defeated the Notre Dame
de Namur Argos, 61-44.

“It was nice to be 2-0 after playing a team I used to coach, so
it had some extra meaning for me,” said Broncos head coach Scott
Davis.

Davis, who coached the Penguins from 2002 to 2005, brought his
knowledge and expertise to Cal Poly, allowing the Broncos to
dominate their opponents.

The Broncos produced a solid 22-9 run during the last seven
minutes of the first half.

Junior forward La’Kenya Simon-West was a powerhouse, scoring a
field goal and three straight 3-pointers, all of which occurred
within the final two minutes of the first half.

“She’s a very good shooter and has really improved her game. We
always try to set up some good shots for her. She always takes
advantage and puts it in the basket,” said Davis.

The Broncos scored a majority of their points from beyond the
3-point line, which allowed them to establish and maintain a strong
lead throughout the game.

“In the first half, 24 of our 45 points were all 3-pointers,”
said Davis.

By halftime, the Broncos led 45-30. During the stellar second
half, the team amplified their focus and determination, ensuring
that the Penguins had no chance of obtaining the victory.

Senior guard Stephisha Walton proved to be a force to be
reckoned with, scoring eight points and garnering three assists,
four rebounds and three steals.

Although the Broncos did not attempt a 3-pointer during the
game’s final half, players such as sophomore center Megan Ford kept
the momentum rolling.

Ford, who sat out the second half of the 2008-09 season with a
torn anterior cruciate ligament, shunned preseason doubts by
scoring a game-high 16 points.

“She’s such a viable player and we know that we can give the
ball to her. It’s really nice to have her back on the court,” said
Davis.

The Broncos’ weak link was their free-throw shooting, as they
managed to nail only nine-of-20 from the line. The team has since
been working vigorously towards improving their free throws.

“We’re definitely working on those free throws and putting a lot
more focus into that,” said Ford.

With two victories under their belt, the team hopes to fly the
Bronco colors proud when they face off against California State
East Bay in its home opener Dec. 4 before hosting UC San Diego on
Dec. 5.

Both games will be played at Kellogg Gym at 5:30p.m.

“We will defend our home court and do whatever it takes to win.
We’ll be ready for the challenge,” said Davis.

Reach Justin Park at: sports@thepolypost.com

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Women’s basketball team stays undefeated

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