By Daniel Flores
Women’s basketball traveled to Turlock, California to face the Stanislaus State Warriors and lost 72-56 in the opening game of the California Collegiate Athletic Association season.
While the Broncos started the game on an 11-2 run, the Warriors fought back and tied the game by the end of the first quarter at 17.
In the second quarter, neither team could break away from the other.
The third quarter is when the Warriors made their mark in the game.
The Warriors opened the lead in the third, going up 11 points, but the Broncos cut the lead down to eight before the fourth quarter started.
In the fourth, the Broncos once again allowed the Warriors to take another double-digit lead.
While the team made one last push at the end of the game, they came up short of a comeback.
“We turned the ball over too many times, and we needed to come out with more energy,” head coach Danelle Bishop said. “Every game we play we have a big target on our backs and every team is going to give us their best shot, so we have to come more prepared.”
The green and gold turned the ball over 25 times leading to 20 points for the Warriors.
Stanislaus State held the lead for over 24 minutes and did not relinquish the lead after taking it right before halftime.
The Broncos also struggled shooting with a 29.6 percentage from beyond the arc and a 28.8 percentage from the field.
Still, there were some things that the Broncos did well, and the team can build on.
“We set out to outrebound them before the game and Casey (McWilliam) was shooting the lights out,” Bishop said.
“We need to find more chemistry on the court, and that won’t be a problem because the girls get along great; they just need to play more together.”
McWilliam shot 5-of-11 overall and 3-of -9 from beyond the arc; which added up to 15 points.
The Broncos dominated the boards outrebounding the opponent 51-43, leading to 19 second-chance points.
The Broncos forced their way to the free-throw line, where they were very successful, shooting 19-of-24.
The Broncos opened their home schedule last week beating Biola University 82-64.
“What we need to carry over is our aggressive defense and just give a complete team effort,” junior forward Crystal Malveaux said.
Aggressive defense and a comprehensive team effort was key to victory against Biola.
The Broncos held Biola to only 64 points and had five players score in double figures.
In the first quarter, both teams started off playing slow and methodical basketball.
The Broncos used their size to bully Biola’s front line.
The best player on the court was not a bruiser, rather it was junior guard Jackie Ricketson.
Ricketson provided the Broncos with 12 points and six assists in 33 minutes of play.
Senior forwards Chelsea Waddy-Blow, Adaora Obi and Priscilla Brooks also contributed rebounds, defense and toughness setting the tone for the rest of the game.
Waddy-Blow, Obi and Brooks scored a combined 28 points and pulled down 21 rebounds.
The rest of the team chipped in 32 points in the paint and 19 points off second-chance opportunities compared to Biola’s 18 points in the paint and 12 second- chance points.
Biola fought back with a strong effort from senior guard Demoria White who pushed the pace for the Eagles.
“She was going to get her points no matter how well we played on defense. We had to focus on stopping everyone else,” Bishop said.
Ricketson struck again for the Broncos and helped her team keep a 36-34 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, the Eagles switched to a more aggressive trap defense in hopes to create more turnovers.
Ricketson broke through the trap defense creating shots for herself and her teammates.
“We practice against traps by getting the men’s basketball coaches to put up their long arms and make it tough on us,” Ricketson said.
While the first half was tightly contested, the second half belonged to the home team.
In the third quarter, CPP outscored Biola 26-15.
The Broncos forced turnovers, getting a boost from the bench and dominated the Eagles in the paint.
They kept the Eagles team in check by forcing White to take difficult shots and made it more difficult for her to get her teammates involved.
CPP hosts the University of La Verne tonight at Kellogg Arena and hosts Concordia University on Saturday.
The Broncos are now 0-1 in conference and 1-3 overall.
Anthony Carrillo / The Poly Post
Senior forward Alyssa Benton grabbed 10 rebounds at Stanislaus State
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