By Andrew Gordo
The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team traveled up north this weekend to begin a stretch of four consecutive road games. These games were an impressive showing by the Broncos, who earned a 63-46 victory over the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors on Friday and 72-57 over the Chico State Wildcats on Saturday.
Both games were milestones for two senior leaders. On Friday, senior guard Ariel Marsh moved into second place for the most three-point field goals made in CPP history with 150. On Saturday, senior forward Jada Blackwell scored her 1,000th career point.
With this weekend’s results, the Broncos improve their overall season record to 15-5 and their California Collegiate Athletic Association record to 13-3.
Friday’s game against the Warriors was one that CPP dictated with locked down defense. From the tipoff the Broncos used an 8-0 run to build an early lead and never looked back.
For the entire game the Broncos held the Warriors to a dismal 23 percent shooting mark and below 50 points. They also stole the ball 8 times.
It was a good showing of basketball and team effort by CPP, and head coach Danelle Bishop praised her team’s effort.
“I just thought our team responded well to Saturday night in regard to just wanting not only to get better, but to play the way we are capable of playing,” said Bishop. “I was really proud of them for doing that and I think when we do that we are tough, so it was exciting to see them bounce back.”
CPP’s defense was the anchor of the game, while the offense led by Blackwell and Marsh fed off of the strong play.
Blackwell led all scorers with 28 points, and nearly recorded a double-double as she also grabbed 9 rebounds. Marsh scored 18 points, with six of them coming off of three point field goals.
“It just helps [the team] when you have a phenomenal player like Jada Blackwell,” said Marsh. “It’s hard for any player, it’s hard for any team to guard her. She did a great job. I can’t say enough good things about how key Jada is, and what a phenomenal player she is.”
Marsh also mentioned about how important this victory was to the team.
“Every win is big,” said Marsh. “We’re excited to come out and get a chance to play and just get better every day.
“This win was big. The next three games on the road are big too, and we’re just excited to continue to get better as a team.”
Saturday’s game against the Wildcats was a little different, as the Broncos took some time to find their rhythm.
Early on in the game, both teams traded buckets. At the 8:24 mark in the first half, the Broncos finally took over.
They closed out the half on a 21-9 run and built up a 40-23 halftime lead. Once the team found its rhythm, the players did not give up anything easy and held on to the huge lead.
Aside from a smothering defense that allowed the Wildcats to convert only 34 percent of their field goal attempts, the offense also poured on the pressure.
Four different Broncos reached the double-digit score mark. Senior guard Lauren Goecke scored 10 points along with four rebounds and five assists, while junior guard Tyler Woods notched in 12 points to go with her eight rebounds and three assists.
Marsh added 16 points and two rebounds, while Blackwell led the output with 18 points and six rebounds.
After a successful weekend, Bishop praised Blackwell and Marsh.
“Not only are they great basketball players, but they are great leaders,” said Bishop. “I think that’s anything a coach could ask for.
“To see them night in and night out just giving their best and being relentless on both ends, it’s awesome. It’s a blessing to have them and all that they bring to our team.”
The Broncos will continue their season and their road trip as they take on the Sonoma State Seawolves on Friday.
Then on Saturday, the Broncos will closeout their road trip against the San Francisco State Gators before coming back to Kellogg Gym for their Homecoming Weekend game.
Hayden Yi / The Poly Post
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