By David Wilson
The women’s basketball team played five California Collegiate Athletic Association games during winter break, which included overcoming a poor first half display against Cal State East Bay to beat the Pioneers 50-44. Cal Poly Pomona started off slowly, shooting just five for 23 from the field in the first half.
“During the first half, our energy was really low,” said sophomore guard Jordyn Shane. “It trickled down to all the players. Once we picked up our energy from the bench, getting excited for stops, I think that’s when everything started to pick up.”
CPP was able to come into the half only down by eight points thanks to a solid defensive display in the first half.
“We held them to 26 points in the first half, I think that’s probably a fairly good performance,” said head coach Danelle Bishop. “However, I think their field goal percentage was 44 percent. We thought we gave them a few easy buckets that we needed to improve on and I think we did a better job of it in the second half.”
The Broncos cut the lead to three points in the third quarter by holding San Marcos to seven points. Both Bishop and junior forward Chelsea Waddy- Blow credit an increase in energy for the second half rally.
“For the second half we talked about trying to outwork our opponent, we’ve been trying to focus on that all week,” said Bishop. “Our two goals were to rebound better and communicate better ” I thought the girls responded well and finally got some energy.”
“It started when coach lit a fire under us during halftime,” said Waddy-Blow. “She’s not really supposed to do that, we’re supposed to have our own energy.”
A big part of the Broncos offense picking up the pace was the play of Shane coming off the bench. In 17 minutes Shane scored nine points, notched four assists, grabbed four rebounds and a steal.
“I knew that coach needed a spark and I wanted to be that player,” said Shane. “I think I did that pretty well this game so that’s something I really wanted to focus on.”
Waddy-Blow led the team with 18 points and four rebounds.
“I feel like my role is to score, rebound and play defense,” said Waddy-Blow. “If we can get the ball in the paint then it spreads the floor around allowing everybody else the opportunity to score.”
CPP outscored the Pioneers 20-11 in the fourth quarter as both the defense and offense dominated San Marcos.
“We need to let our defense dictate our offense and right now when we’re letting them score easy buckets and our shots aren’t falling we don’t have much energy,” said Bishop. “When we are getting stops we are pushing the ball and running, it’s really fun to watch.”
CPP opened up CCAA play with a 65-56 win over the UC San Diego Tritons. UC San Diego took an early lead, but it only lasted for three minutes as CPP pulled ahead and never looked back. The Broncos outscored the Tritons 18-10 in the second quarter heading into the half up by ten points. UCSD clawed back two points in the third quarter but the Broncos still held an eight point lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Tritons gave CPP a scare by starting the fourth with a 5-0 run cutting the lead to three before CPP pulled away, outscoring UCSD 22-21 to close out the game.
The Broncos used a combination of post play and outside shooting. Waddy-Blow dominated inside shooting six for six from the floor with 14 points, three rebounds and two blocks. CPP shot 47 percent from the field and an impressive 70 percent from three-point range. Junior forward Alyssa Benton shot four for five from the three-point with 14 points and four boards.
The Broncos offense ran through sophomore guard Jackie Ricketson who compiled 12 assists with only four turnovers. Ricketson also pitched in four points, three rebounds and four steals. Priscilla Brooks, a junior forward, was another inside presence that nearly put up a double-double scoring nine points and grabbing 10 boards.
Away vs. CSUSF
CPP beat San Francisco State 59-43. The Broncos trailed 18-16 after the first quarter but proceeded to outscore San Francisco in the following three quarters on their way to a comfortable victory.
Waddy-Blow was again CPP’s top performer with 20 points on seven of eight shooting from the field and five rebounds. Waddy-Blow made the most of her trips to the free throw line going six of seven from the stripe. CPP shot 46 percent from the field as a team and 61 percent from the foul line.
The Broncos defense stiffened after giving up 18 points in the first quarter, holding San Francisco to under 10 points in each of the next three quarters.
Overtime vs. CSUSM
Eight days later, CPP was handed its first loss in league play in a 67-64 overtime loss to Cal State San Marcos.
The Broncos lead by seven at the half but were unable to close out San Marcos in a back and forth contest. Ricketson and Waddy-Blow were the Broncos’ top performers each scoring 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds. CPP took a three point lead into the fourth quarter. San Marcos battled back to tie up the score leading to a frantic finish to regulation. With score tied at 55, Waddy-Blow had a chance to take the lead as time expired but her attempted lay-up didn’t fall. San Marcos outscored CPP 12-9 in overtime ending CPP’s two-game winning streak.
Win against CSUSB
The Broncos started another winning streak by beating Cal State San Bernardino 58-49. The win leaves the Broncos with a 6-5 record overall and 4-1 record in CCAA play. Four of the first five CCAA league matchups were played at Kellogg Arena where CPP is 3-1.
“If we are playing at home we need to make it a statement that we are going to protect our house no matter what,” said Waddy-Blow.
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