Basketball improves to 8-1 at home

By Jesse Tovar

Women’s basketball remained dominant at home defeating Cal State Dominguez Hills 65-61.

In a back and forth game, the Broncos’ defense helped seal the win. With a one-point lead and one minute, 49 seconds left in the game, junior guard Jackie Ricketson came up with key block and assisted a three-pointer by sophomore guard Casey McWilliam to give the Broncos a four-point lead.

The Broncos’ defense hung on tight to get the win.

The Toros started the game red hot by outscoring the Broncos 15-6 with just under four minutes left in the first quarter. The Broncos’ defense tightened up, energizing the Broncos’ offense.

The Broncos went to their strength in the paint. The Broncos ended the first quarter on a 9-0 run to tie the game with five points coming from senior forward Chelsea Waddy-Blow.

“We were really excited to come back home,” Waddy-Blow said. “We knew Dominguez was going to come hard, so we just knew we had to make a statement and protect home court.”

In the second quarter, the Broncos continued dominating the paint, but the Toros would not go away. With 3:30 left in the half the score was tied at 24. After trading baskets, senior forward Priscilla Brooks scored a last second put back to give the Broncos a 31-29 half time lead.

Coming out of the half, the Broncos went on a 8-0 run pushing their lead to 10, the largest of the game. With just over a minute left in the quarter, the Toros cut the Broncos’ lead to two. The Broncos continued to go down low at the end of the quarter and got a last second layup by senior forward Alyssa Benton to give the Broncos a six-point lead heading to the fourth.

One of the team’s strengths has been its bench rotation. Coach Danelle Bishop rotates her players to keep the team fresh.

“Tonight, we could tell Dominguez was getting tired, so we kept trying to get fresh bodies in there,” Bishop said.

Bishop also praised Waddy-Blow’s effort on defense late in the game.

“Experience and playing in tough situations, she knows what to expect and she stepped up,” Bishop said.

Waddy-Blow led the Broncos in scoring with 15 points to go along with six rebounds and two blocks.

The Broncos out rebounded the Toros 45-39 with 15 on the offensive glass giving the Broncos more looks on offense.

“They were tired, and we were crashing, and it gave us more attempts to get good looks,” Bishop said.

The Toros turned the ball over 14 times. The Broncos cut off passing lanes resulting in big deflections.

“Coach emphasized just putting our hands up and trying to deflect passes, just getting deflections really helped us,” Waddy-Blow said.

Ricketson contributed 12 points, three assists and three steals while leading the team in minutes played with 38.

The Broncos made it two in a row beating Cal State Los Angeles 53-38.

After scoring just four points in the first quarter, the Broncos’ defense held Los Angeles to single digits in two quarters.

Waddy-Blow scored 15 against Dominguez Hills

Anthony Carrillo / The Poly Post

Waddy-Blow scored 15 against Dominguez Hills

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