By Andrew Gordo
The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team played its final home games of the season as the team celebrated Homecoming Weekend and Senior Appreciation Night.
The Broncos split their weekend match ups as the team earned a 73-61 victory against the Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles on Friday, and dropped Saturday’s Homecoming game against the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros 74-66.
In Friday’s game against the Golden Eagles, CPP made a comeback after being down 24-23 at the intermission. After starting the game off a little cold, the Broncos were able to find their rhythm and slowly build up a lead in the second half.
Once CPP came back from the break they scored two straight shots to take a lead, but the Golden Eagles matched the buckets that CPP made.
The score was tied for a stretch in the second half but once the Broncos turned up the intensity, they didn’t trail again.
CPP went on a 12-2 run to build a rhythmatic double-digit lead. The defense and offense both started to create chances and the Broncos were able to secure a 12-point victory.
The Broncos turned the ball over 20 times, allowed 17 points off of those turnovers and shot 39 percent from the field, but were able to find a way to get the win.
Prior to the tipoff of Saturday’s homecoming game, six Bronco seniors were recognized for playing in their final match at Kellogg Gym.
Jordan Henry, Ariel Marsh, Mian Dingle, Lauren Goecke, Ashley Lovett and Jada Blackwell are in their last season.
“It was great,” said Mingle about the atmosphere surrounding her final home game. “The support was nice from students and faculty and families.”
The home crowd was huge for the Homecoming game, a game that would decide sole possession of second place in the conference. Both teams were tied for the standing.
From the tipoff the Toros came out energized and were able to keep the Broncos off balance.
Dominguez Hills started the game out on an early 7-0 run, and CPP fought back to keep it at 7-4. The Toros poured on points and held strong defense.
For the game, the Toros’ defense were able to hold CPP to a 39 percent field goal percentage, force the Broncos into 17 turnovers and out-rebound them 41-35.
“They are a good team and I don’t want to take anything away from them, but I think it was just us; it wasn’t a good flow the whole game,” said head coach Danelle Bishop. “They didn’t do anything different that they haven’t done or that we haven’t seen yet, so I think it was just us.”
CPP trailed the whole game, and although the team was down by as many as 23 points, the team kept trying to claw away at the lead. The Broncos were even able to cut the deficit to as low as six late in the game.
“We didn’t give up,” said Mingle about the late game surge. “It was our senior night tonight and we didn’t want to go out the way tonight turned out, but we just didn’t want to give up. That’s part of being relentless, not giving up.”
Bishop wants to move forward and looks ahead to the next game.
“We’ve got to move past it and we still have a long season if we want,” said Bishop. “We’ve got to come back next week and just get refocused.”
After this weekend’s results, CPP now moves to an overall record of 18-6, and move to third place in the California Collegiate Athletic Conference with a record of 16-4.
The Broncos will look to bounce back and end their regular season on a high note.
On Thursday, CPP will travel to Coussoulis Arena to take on the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes, while on Saturday the Broncos will make their way to the Lumberjack Arena to take on the Humboldt State Lumberjacks.
Hayden Yi / The Poly Post
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