Women lead season opening with victory

By David Wilson

The women’s basketball team opened their new season with a win in an exhibition game against Centro de Ensenanza Tecnica y Superior Universidad, a school from Tijuana, Mexico. It was the second time the women’s basketball team has hosted an international opponent .

The Broncos started the day off with a 78-49 win. In the first quarter, the Broncos fell behind early, forcing head coach Danelle Bishop to call an early timeout.

“We had a lethargic practice yesterday, and I think we started off rough,” said Bishop. “We tried to light a fire under them to get them motivated and I think we came out better.”

CEYTS was able to hurt the Broncos with close-range shots.

“They had a good big in the middle, so they definitely utilized that,” said junior forward Priscilla Brooks. “Because of our slow start, we didn’t adjust right away.”

The Broncos battled back and finished the first quarter down one. Cal Poly Pomona pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring the Toros 21-7 and took a 34-21 lead into the half. Senior guard Erin Hagan was a big part of the Broncos surging ahead as she made her first seven field goals.

“Every game I tell myself that you’re just going Wto focus on your defense, getting stops, moving your feet, trying to get tips and steals,” said Hagan. “I’m not ever really focused on my offense. If it’s there and I see the open shot I’ll take it, and luckily tonight I was hot from the field.”

CPP settled down in the second half and continued to put points on the board, not allowing CEYTS back into the game. After struggling in the first half, Brooks made the Toros pay inside, getting offensive rebounds and putting them back in for two.

“Even though I was missing the easy shots, I wasn’t going to let that discourage me,” said Brooks. “I just was focusing on things that I can control like my defense and limiting my fouls.”

The Broncos finished the game by giving up just eight points in the fourth quarter. Despite the lopsided score, the Broncos stressed there is still work to be done.

“We definitely need to work on communicating on defense,” said Bishop. “We’ll get there, it’s still really early.”

After a rough start, the Broncos’ offense looked ready for the new season, putting up 78 points.

“Coach always emphasizes in practice the extra pass,” said Hagan. “We were definitely focused on that and trying to play team basketball. We could have settled for the shot but we made that extra pass and made it easier for our teammate to get that bucket.”

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The women’s basketball team during it’s home exhibition game

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