By Sarah Madrigal
Women’s basketball extended its winning streak to six games by winning two games on the road over the weekend starting with a 76-57 victory over San Francisco State.
San Francisco started the game with a 9-2 run in the first three minutes of the game.
Cal Poly Pomona stormed back to tie the game thanks to a three-pointer by junior guard Crystal Malveaux.
The triple sparked a 13-0 run by the Broncos in the final three minutes of the first quarter that ended with CPP holding a 21-11 lead.
The second quarter ended with CPP leading 41-24.
In the third quarter, San Francisco (2-8 California Collegiate Athletic Association, 4-9 overall) did its best to catch up, but the Broncos held on with strong defense and perimeter shooting to lead 53-41 heading into the fourth.
The Broncos (7-2, 10-4) put the game out of reach with a 9-0 run to start the fourth and San Francisco never got close to coming back despite ending the game on a 6-0 run.
“We had really good defense for the last three games while working well as a team,” coach Danelle Bishop said.
Senior forward Priscilla Brooks lead all scorers with 18 points to go along with nine rebounds and two steals.
Bishop praised Brooks on her tough performance despite the physical nature of San Francisco’s defense in the paint where the Broncos outscored the Gators 34-20.
Junior guard Jackie Ricketson scored a season-high 17 points along with five rebounds, two assists and three steals.
“I think I did well. We got off on a rocky start, but stepped up on defense,” Ricketson said.
On Saturday night, CPP needed a fourth quarter comeback and overtime to top Sonoma State (2-6, 5-7) 79-76.
Trailing 70-65 with 46 seconds remaining in regulation, sophomore guard Casey McWilliam knocked down a three-pointer to pull the Broncos within two.
On the following possession, Sonoma’s Serena Santos turned the ball over and fouled Ricketson sending her to the line with 16 seconds left and no margin for error.
Ricketson made both free throws to tie the game at 70 forcing overtime.
McWilliam made two more threes in overtime that proved the difference in the Broncos three-point win.
McWilliam scored a season-high 22 points shooting 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Brooks, Ricketson and senior forward Adaora Obi also notched double-digit point performances.
CPP started conference play 1-2, and are 6-0 since last losing on Dec. 2.
The Broncos continue CCAA play this weekend on the road against Humboldt State on Thursday looking to avenge a 66-48 loss suffered at home earlier in the season.
In addition, they will play at Chico State on Saturday night to complete a four-game road trip.
Courtesy of CPP Sports Information
Jackie Ricketson has tallied double-digit point totals in five of the last six games
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