Broncos split games as Marsh scores 33

By Andrew Gordo

The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team packed their bags this weekend for a two-game road trip.

On Friday, the team traveled to Cal State Dominguez Hills and were narrowly defeated by the Toros 69-73.

The team bounced back on Saturday against Cal State Los Angeles, edging out the Golden Eagles 80-64.

The Broncos had a wonderful showing on Saturday against the Golden Eagles, playing solidly on both sides of the ball.

The game started on a quick 10-minute run as CPP built up a huge lead. During that span, the Bronco offense scored 24 points, while the defense held the Golden Eagles to just five points.

As the first half progressed, the Golden Eagles kept fighting and tried to narrow the margin before halftime.

However, the pressure of the Bronco defense combined with a clicking offense gave CPP a comfortable 36-21 halftime lead.

The Broncos dominated the first half.

Not only did the team out-rebound the Golden Eagles 18-11, but the Bronco defense also held the opponent to shoot 28 percent from the field and 26 percent from three-point territory, and forced them to turn the ball over 12 times.

The second half was closer, as both teams were more offensively efficient.

Early in the half, both teams traded buckets and the lead kept fluctuating. The Golden Eagles were even able to cut down the Bronco 12-point lead three minutes into the half, but the Broncos bounced back.

During that 12-4 run, CPP was able to connect on three consecutive three-point baskets to stretch the lead out to 21 points, with only 14 minutes left in the game.

“We were trying to play more together as a team and communicate a little bit more on defense,” said head coach Danelle Bishop. “I thought we were relentless on both ends.”

CPP controlled the rest of the game, but a complacency allowed the Golden Eagles to cut the lead down to 11 points with seven minutes remaining in the game.

However, the Broncos were able to maintain the lead and secure the 16-point victory.

“We were trying to definitely bounce back,” said Bishop after the CPP victory. “Not only bounce back but bounce back with a statement, and I thought we did a pretty good job of that tonight.”

A major factor in the win was the three-point shot, spearheaded by senior guard Ariel Marsh and her career high 33 points.

As a team, the Broncos shot 56 percent from beyond the arc, 9-16.

Individually, Marsh shot 7-11 from three-point territory, which ties her career best and leaves her one shy of the CPP record.

“I just wanted to come out here and get a win,” said Marsh on her career night. “Whatever my team needed, I was going to do. They just happened to be in a zone for awhile, and there were a lot of gaps for open threes. I just stepped up and hit them.”

Despite the career night, Marsh continued to praise her teammates, crediting them for sparking her 33 point night.

“My teammates did a great job of getting a lot of tips,” said Marsh. “We got some fast breaks that I ended up finishing, so that helped too.

“But it was really just my teammates doing a great job giving me the ball while I was hot, getting tips and steals. It was a great team effort.”

Friday’s game against the Toros, however, was a nail biter. The game featured 14 lead changes and the momentum of those runs decided the game.

After a close first half, CPP found themselves trailing for the majority of the second half.

It wasn’t until the final five minutes of the game that the Broncos surged and took a one-point lead.

The lead kept changing as both teams traded buckets back and forth.

In the final minute of the game, Marsh sank two key free throws to put the Broncos up by one.

In that final minute the Toros found a second wind and ended the game on a 5-0 run, led by two costly Bronco turnovers, to hand CPP a 69-73 loss.

With the split games this weekend, the Broncos move to 10-4 on the season with an 8-2 mark in conference play.

The Broncos’ upcoming home games will feature Military Appreciation night on Friday, and Greek Spirit night on Saturday.

As the Broncos host the Humboldt State Lumberjacks on Friday, they will thank those who have served or who are currently serving in the military with free admission, food and a CPP megaphone.

On Saturday, the Broncos will face off against the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes. Greek organizations will be selling food, provide a face-painting booth for attendees and bring rapper Jallal in for a performance.

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Hayden Yi / The Poly Post

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