By Jesse Tovar
Women’s Basketball’s seven game winning streak was snapped on Saturday night by Chico State in a 71-59 road loss.
The game started off close with Cal Poly Pomona up by one with less than three minutes left in the first quarter.
Junior guard Jackie Ricketson gave the Broncos a six-point lead by making her next two shots giving the Broncos a 17-11 lead over Chico State (8-4 California Collegiate Athletic Association, 10-6 overall) at the end of the first quarter.
Half way through the second quarter, the Broncos (8-3 CCAA, 11-5) had their largest lead of the game up 26-17.
The Wildcats made eight of their last nine shots in the first half giving them a half time lead of 38-34.
In the third quarter, the Broncos went to their strength, scoring 10 of the their 12 points in the quarter from inside the paint.
Senior forward Adaora Obi accounted for six of those points.
With three minutes left in the third quarter, the score was tied at 46.
The Wildcats went on a 9-0 run to end the quarter giving them a 55-46 lead.
Chico State pushed its lead to as high as fourteen points with just three minutes left in the game leaving the Broncos short on time to make a comeback.
CPP was outscored in the final three quarters.
The Broncos shot 36 percent from the field, but only 28 percent in the second half, making it difficult to cut into the Wildcats lead.
One of the team’s strengths has been its bench.
In the last seven games the Broncos’ bench averaged around 35 points per game, outscoring their opponents bench by at least 13 points.
Against the Wildcats, the Broncos had 27 bench points to the Wildcats 19.
The Broncos were also out rebounded 44-35
“I think we will be just fine, it was a tough road trip,” coach Danelle Bishop. “It’ll be the toughest road trip we have in our entire conference, we will be ready and will bounce back.”
Senior forward Priscilla Brooks’ 18 points and 10 rebounds lifted the Broncos to a 70-57 win over Humboldt State on Thursday extending their winning streak to seven games.
Thursday’s double-double was Brooks’ fifth of the season and second during the team’s current winning streak.
The Broncos started and finished strong, outscoring Humboldt 21-15 in the first and fourth quarter.
Brooks got the offense going, scoring eight of the Broncos’ first 12 points to start the game.
Brooks’ physical play in the paint put her at the free-throw line a team-leading 11 times where she converted six times.
Led by Brooks the Broncos dominated the paint, outscoring Humboldt 30-12.
For the season, Brooks leads the team in points per game with 11.4, field goal percentage at 48.3 percent and free throws made and attempted.
CPP got solid production from its bench who outscored Humboldt’s 35-11, thanks in large part to junior guard Jordyn Shane and sophomore guard Dominque Dotson.
The guards scored 15 and 10 points respectively.
Shane was particularly effective scoring her 15 points in just 16 minutes of action.
Humboldt trailed from start to finish.
A 5-0 run in the first quarter brought the Jacks within one with 2:22 left.
A 7-0 run from the Broncos in the final two minutes set the tone for the rest of the game and put the Jacks out of reach for the rest of the game.
After a 3-1 road trip, the Broncos head back to play at Kellogg Arena where they have not played since Dec. 30.
The Broncos are 6-1 so far this season playing at home.
“I think we have a great opportunity,” senior forward Alyssa Benson said.
“Coming home we have two very big games coming up and if we play hard and stick to what we do, work on our defense, we should have a good week.”
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In 16 minutes of play off the bench, Jordyn Shane scored 15 points against Humboldt State
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Chelsea Waddy-Blow scored eight points against Chico
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