Women’s basketball loses two games in Azusa

By Dennis Erturk

Women’s basketball opened the season with a 75-72 loss at Azusa Pacific University in the CCAA/PAC West Challenge.

Four teams competed in the challenge at APU.

Trailing by four with less than 30 seconds remaining, senior forward Alyssa Benton hit a 3-pointer that pulled CPP to within one.

Junior guard Jackie Ricketson stole the ball back on the ensuing possession and sophomore guard Casey McWilliam had a chance to give CPP the lead with four seconds left.

McWilliam’s layup was blocked by APU senior forward Gabrielle Kaiser and rebounded by sophomore guard Savanna Hanson.

Kaiser led all players with 23 points.

Hanson finished with a double-double in points and rebounds.

The Broncos were forced to foul junior guard Gina Henderson who knocked down both her foul shots to seal the win for the Cougars.

CPP shot for a higher percentage from the field, free-throw line and from three but still came up short.

APU out rebounded the Broncos 43-36 and critically, 17-9 in the offensive rebounds department.

APU outscored Cal Poly Pomona 20-9 in second chance points.

Senior forwards Priscilla Brooks and Chelsea Waddy-Blow led the Broncos in points with 14 and 12 respectively.

Waddy-Blow led the team in rebounds with seven.

Brooks was particularly efficient shooting 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

They followed Friday’s performance against APU with a tough battle against Point Loma Nazarene University losing 77-67 the following day.

Ricketson finished her second preseason game with 14 points and an assist.

Brooks notched her first double-double of the season finishing with a total of 14 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, three blocks and a steal in 25 minutes of action.

The Broncos did not get the results they would have liked to see over the weekend.

After two close games against quality competition, the women’s basketball program has no time to sulk, as CPP coaches are still attempting to adjust their lineups and give players valuable minutes at multiple positions.

The Broncos will host Biola University today, at 6 p.m. in Kellogg Arena.

California Collegiate Athletic Association play begins this Saturday on the road against Stanislaus State.

Jackie Ricketson finished with 14 points and one assist in Saturday

Courtesy of CPP Sports Information

Jackie Ricketson finished with 14 points and one assist in Saturday’s loss to Point Loma Nazarene University

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