By Miguel Lopez
The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team split the weekend defeating the Sonoma State Seawolves 50-48 on Thursday and falling to the San Francisco State Gators 49-44 on Saturday.
The Green and Gold’s record now stands at 8-14, with a 6-9 mark in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
The Broncos matchup against the Seawolves was a back-and-forth affair that was decided until the last second of the game.
In the first half, the Broncos got off to a slow start after shooting just 22.7 percent from the field. The Green and Gold headed into halftime down 34-20.
CPP turned things around in the second half, after playing great both on the offensive and defensive side. The Broncos scored 30 points and limited their opponent to just 14 points in the second half.
CPP overall limited the Seawolves to 32 percent from the field.
“We challenged them at halftime,” said Head Coach Danelle Bishop. “We came out and accepted the challenge and had a lot of teamwork. It was making stops one stop at a time.”
“I think we were coming together defensively,” said senior center Mary Williams. “We just worried about getting stops, and that led to our offense.”
Williams led the Broncos with 10 points and eight rebounds.
“She’s being a great leader for us and working hard,” said Bishop. “She came back with some big plays for us at the end of the game. “
Sophomore forward Alyssa Benton was aggressive on the offensive side. She had nine points, seven of them coming from the free throw line.
“She’s a really good player,” said Bishop. “I have been getting on her about just being more aggressive. I think tonight that was essential for her to get to the free throw line. It goes to show her just being aggressive on both ends of the floor.”
The Broncos outrebounded their opponent 40-24.
“I think it was our overall heart,” said Williams. “We knew that it was just one step at a time, and our defense can pull us out.”
“They just battled and kept fighting,” said Bishop. “For us to be as young as we are and to be that resilient on the road right now, I’ll take it. I’m proud of them.”
The Broncos headed into Saturday’s matchup against the Gators with momentum but fell short.
In the first half, both teams struggled early on, as each team shot below 28 percent from the field. However, the Broncos headed into halftime with a 20-16 lead.
The Gators outperformed the Green and Gold on offense in the second half. CPP shot 28.6 percent from the field. Meanwhile, the Gators shot 57.1 percent from the field.
Williams and junior guard Marshanique Hall each led the Broncos with 10 points. Sophomore forward Priscilla Brooks had a great performance on the defensive side, after leading her team with 16 rebounds.
The Broncos did outscore the opposed team in the paint 26-10 and in bench points 17-6.
CPP returns home at Kellogg Arena on Thursday and will host the Cal State Monterey Bay Otters for Faculty Staff Appreciation Night.
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