By David Wilson
With 1.8 seconds left in the game, women’s basketball still had a chance to make up for a rough second-half performance Saturday.
Trailing 50-49 and coming out of a time out, the designed play set up senior forward Priscilla Brooks with an open shot for the win.
But like most of the Broncos’ second half shots, this one missed its mark.
“The play was originally designed for the ball to go to either Jordyn (Shane) or Chelsea (Waddy-Blow) and it was overthrown,” Brooks said. “I went over to go get it and I just kind of rushed up the shot.”
Second place Cal Poly Pomona (13-7, 10-5 CCAA) made five field goals in the second half on 29 attempts and blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead to Cal State Monterey Bay (6-15 overall, 5-11 California Collegiate Athletic Association) who sit 12th in the CCAA.
“We just couldn’t finish,” coach Danelle Bishop said. “It was like there was something over the rim.”
Leading 41-31 heading into the fourth quarter, the Broncos scored one point in eight minutes and the Otters went on an 18-1 run to take a four-point lead with 2:52 left in the game. It was the Otters first lead of the game.
Monterey Bay had struggled shooting from three in the first half going one for seven, but hit three 3-pointers in a row to start the fourth quarter.
Senior forward Chelsea Waddy-Blow scored the Broncos’ last five points including a go-ahead layup off the glass with 19 seconds left.
Senior guard Aubri Smith scored on a layup with less than two seconds remaining to put the Otters in front.
“I just think they came together as a team and they just hit shots when they needed to, and we couldn’t,” said Waddy-Blow who finished with 15 points and six rebounds on six of eight shooting.
Up until the last four minutes of the first half the Broncos looked to be cruising to an easy victory.
They outscored the Otters 20-11 in the first quarter and led 30-17.
Monterey Bay put together a 7-0 run that cut the lead to six.
The Broncos made six field goals for the rest of the game. Brooks who had 12 points in the first half was held to two in the second.
“They definitely came out and had their post players trying to crowd our bigs more than they were in the first half,” Brooks said.
Brooks finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.
“The teams that haven’t gotten to face us in the second half of the season should just be ready because we don’t want to feel like how we’re feeling right now ever again,” Brooks said.
On Friday night, Cal State East Bay outscored women’s basketball 13-4 in overtime to win 76-67.
East Bay sophomore forward Morgan Greene led the way for the Pioneers scoring 33 points along with 16 rebounds and four steals. Greene’s efficiency punished the Broncos as she shot 12-of-14 from the field and 9-of-11 from the free throw line.
Headed into overtime tied at 63, East Bay took control right away with a 3-pointer by senior guard Janae Chamois.
Chamois was four for eight from three in the game and finished with 13 points.
The combination of Greene, Chamois and junior guard Elayshia Woolridge scored all 13 points for the Pioneers in the five-minute overtime period.
Waddy-Blow’s layup 2:42 left in overtime pulled the Broncos within two.
The Broncos did not score another point and East Bay finished the game with a 7-0 run.
After a quarter and a half of neither team taking a significant lead, East Bay tore off a 12-1 run in the span of three minutes in the second quarter to take the largest of the game at 34-24.
Those who may have headed for the concessions missed a 10-0 run by the Broncos in final three minutes of the half tie the game at 34.
Back-to-back three pointers by senior guard Kerianne Noonan and sophomore guard Mylah Andrada got the run started and two layups by Brooks completed it.
Brooks fouled Greene with one second left in the half allowing the Pioneers to take a two-point lead into the break.
Brooks led the Broncos in first half scoring with eight points.
In a back and forth third quarter, Waddy-Blow stood tallest scoring 10 of the Broncos 19 points that included scoring all five points in a 5-0 run midway through the quarter that moved the Broncos from down four to up one.
Waddy-Blow made the most trips to the foul line of any Bronco and made the most of her chances going 11 for 14.
The team’s third leading scorer led the team on Saturday with 21 points.
“This weekend, to be quite honest with you I think we just got outworked,” Bishop said.
The Broncos return home this Thursday to play Stanislaus State (5-9, 8-12 CCAA).
Courtesy of CPP Sports Information
Priscilla Brooks scored 14 points against Cal State Monterey Bay
Anthony Carrillo / The Poly Post
Casey McWilliam scored seven against Monterey Bay
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