Going out on a high note

By Ariel Carmona Jr.

Cal Poly’s women’s basketball team won both its final home games
over the weekend, winning their 20th game 58-49 over Cal State
Monterey Bay on Thursday, then edging out San Francisco State the
following night 46-42.

The No.2 seeded Broncos will host Cal State San Bernadino
tonight, opening CCAA Championship Tournament play at Kellogg
Gym.

The Broncos entered Thursday’s game 16-4 conference, and 19-5
overall and were led by Senior forward Stephisha Walton’s
double-double and sophomore center Megan Ford as the team reached
the 20 season milestone for the first time since the 2004-05
season.

Following a 26-18 halftime deficit, the Otters tried to utilize
their three point shooting attack and pulled to within 9 points of
the Broncos late in the game 53-44, but Cal Poly was able to
preserve the victory with solid defensive play and an offensive
output which resulted in an 71.4 percent free throw percentage.

Head coach Scott Davis said they were aware going in of the
Otter’s offensive firepower and he was very pleased with the Cal
Poly’s performace. With the win, the Broncos finished 21-5 and 18-4
in the CCAA and just missed capturing the league title when UC San
Diego routed Humboldt, but this did not diminish a brilliant season
for Cal Poly.

Davis said it was great to beat an opponent they had lost to
prior in the season.

“We struggled at their place about a month ago,” he said but on
Thursday Davis said controlling the tempo of the game and limiting
long-range shots was key to the Broncos’ victory.

“Our goal was to not allow the threes and not allow the free
throws and try to give them the 2-point baskets. If you can limit
them shooting them, you can limit them making them.

That was huge for us.”

The Bronco’s junior guard Reyana Colson had another solid game
in support of Walton and Ford, despite only 25 minutes of playing
time, contributing 9 points and 9 boards.

Friday night was “Seniors Night” and the team honored its
players and the alumni with a close win over the San Francisco
State Gators.

Colson still managed 6 points and 10 boards while Walton and
Ford stepped up with 10 and 11 points respectively to extend the
team’s game winning streak to 5 games going into the post-season.
The Broncos have won 9 out of 10, their only loss back on Feb. 11to
Humboldt State.

Following a 26-23 halftime advantage for Cal Poly, the Gators
made a run late in the second half, taking advantage of Bronco
turnovers. The score was 38-33 with 3:34 to go when Cal Poly had to
withstand a blocked shot by SFSU’s Dominique Hunter, and a 6-0 run
which allowed the Gators to pull within a point 40-39 with less
than an minute and a half remaining.

The Broncos were able to hit on their free throws down the
stretch to preserve the narrow win.

Davis wasn’t happy with the team’s overall performance on Friday
or their 27.5 percent field goal percentage against the Gators, but
was glad to get the “W.”

“I think anytime you can get a win playing as poorly as we did
you have to take it. We didn’t play the way we’re capable of
playing tonight and we knew what they were going to do, but we
found a way to get it done,” Davis said, adding that fans can
expect a better performance from the Broncos in the tournament.

“We’ll be ready, a trip to Humboldt and a championship is our
goal,” he said.

Reach Ariel Carmona, Jr. at: sports@thepolypost.com

Going out on a high note

Mitchell Saltzman/Poly Post

Going out on a high note

Going out on a high note

Mitchell Saltzman/Poly Post

Going out on a high note

Going out on a high note

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Going out on a high note

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