Cal Poly emerges as CCAA contender

By Elliot Heis

After going 4-2 over the break, the Cal Poly women’s basketball
team improved its record to 6-3, with a 3-1 record in CCAA
play.

The Broncos enjoyed wins against Cal State East Bay 62-48,
Western Oregon University 63-62, Cal State Stanislaus 58-52 and
Chico State 65-63.

Cal Poly fell to UC San Diego 68-46 and Northwest Nazarene
79-65.

The games over winter break were concluded with the tense win
over Chico State.

“They don’t lose very often up here and this afternoon, we
earned a confidence builder,” Broncos’ head coach Scott Davis
said. “Coming off Christmas break is always a difficult test and to
open the second half of the year and earn a road sweep, and finish
it here is pretty sweet.”

The successful run was kicked off with a 14-point win against
Cal State East Bay. Junior guard Reyana Colson led the Broncos in
scoring with game-highs of 20 points and 3 assists.

During the Broncos’ loss to UC San Diego, two Cal Poly players
accomplished double-doubles. Junior guard Reyana Colson scored 16
points and pulled down 11 rebounds and Megan Ford tallied 10 points
and 11 rebounds.

The effort wasn’t enough however as a constant stream of offense
by the Tritons ended the Broncos’ hopes.

Cal Poly then faced Western Oregon at the GNAC/CCAA Challenge in
Nampa, Idaho.

The Broncos trailed by as much as 14 points before rallying to a
one-point victory.

The effort was led by Colson’s 30th consecutive double-digit
scoring game, with a season-high 23 points. Colson’s current
double-digit streak now stands at 33.

Senior guard Stephisha Walton earned her season’s first
double-double putting up 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Cal Poly’s win at Stanislaus came at the hands of Colson, who
put down 20 points, along with a double-double from Megan Ford, who
scored 13 points and pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds.

The win at Chico came hard earned, with the Broncos fighting for
every possession and shot.

“We competed very well,” Davis said. “There were lots of people
stepping up at different times. Jennifer Bryant hit a three-pointer
in the first half and if she doesn’t, we don’t win.”

Colson again led the scoring with 16 points. Ford obtained her
second straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Walton led the rebounding with 13 and was one point shy of a
double-double with nine.

The Broncos now hold third place in the CCAA, and will play
Sonoma State Friday and conference-leader Humboldt State Saturday.
Both games will be played in the Kellogg Gym at 5:30 p.m.

Reach Elliot Heis at: sports@thepolypost.com

Cal Poly emerges as CCAA contender

Paul Rosales/Poly Post

Cal Poly emerges as CCAA contender

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