Senior forward Alyssa Benton hit a last second shot to end the first half that gave the Broncos a 35-22 lead. They built off the lead to secure their sixth consecutive home win at Kellogg Arena 77-51 over Cal State San Marcos Tuesday.
The Broncos offense came out sluggish to begin the game.
The Cougars came out with an 8-0 run and with seven minutes left in the first quarter the Broncos scored their first points of the game via senior forward Priscilla Brooks.
The Broncos had great defensive rotation forcing the Cougars to shoot from the outside instead of going down low.
Senior forward Chelsea Waddy-Blow made her presence felt on the offensive glass to set up second chance points.
At the end of the first quarter, the Broncos trailed 14-11.
Brooks had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds and also four steals on the defensive end.
At the start of the second quarter the Broncos’ offense woke up. The Broncos were going down low giving the ball to Waddy-Blow who had eight points in the second quarter.
The Broncos’ defense got into the Cougars’ passing lanes and made key deflections.
The Broncos held Cal State San Marcos to eight points in the second quarter.
Waddy-Blow finished the game with a double-double leading the Broncos with 22 points and 12 rebounds while also contributing two blocks and two steals.
“She was going to work tonight and she’s capable of doing it every night and she is playing so well right now,” coach Danelle Bishop said.
The Broncos went on a 9-3 run to start the third quarter.
The defense continued to show its force on the Cougars holding them to 11 points in the third.
The Broncos pushed their lead up to 21 leading the Cougars 54-33 at the end of the third quarter.
“They bounced back, doing the things that we focused on working on like moving our feet and clogging up the middle,” said Bishop.
The Broncos pushed their highest lead of the game to 27 with just a little over two minutes left in the game. They finished the game with 37 percent shooting from the field and 81 percent from the free throw line.
The Broncos outscored the Cougars in the paint 34-14. The Broncos bench also contributed with 34 points compared to the Cougars’ 14.
The Broncos out rebounded the Cougars 50-28.
Of that total, 23 rebounds for the Broncos were offensive rebounds giving the Broncos 22 second chance points to just two for the Cougars.
“The last couple of games we rebounded okay, but we knew that we are better than that and that was our focus tonight to out rebounding the other team,” said Bishop.
The Cougars shot 38 percent from the field but took 21 fewer shots than the Broncos.
The Broncos defense forced the Cougars to commit 21 turnovers to just 11 from the Broncos.
On Friday, CPP continued its struggles on the road, falling to UC San Diego 68-66.
Junior guard Jackie Ricketson scored a game-high 22 points along with five rebounds and five assists. Ricketson’s 7-of-13 shooting night led the way for the Broncos who shot 49 percent from the field.
CPP shot a higher percentage from the field and from three than UC San Diego.
The free throw line proved to be the difference.
UC San Diego missed three free throws on 22 attempts while the Broncos missed five on 17.
Only three Broncos reached the free throw line and Ricketson made seven of the team’s 12 free throws.
Waddy-Blow and junior guard Casey McWilliam also contributed double-digit point totals with 14 and 12 points respectively.
The loss dropped the Broncos’ road record to 5-6 on the season.
The Broncos snapped a three-game road losing streak on Saturday night when they beat Cal State San Marcos (7-11 CCAA, 7-15) for the second time in a week, this time 72-68 behind Waddy-Blow’s team-high 23 points.
Trailing 36-31 at the half, the Broncos outscored San Marcos 22-11 in the third quarter and led 53-47 heading into the fourth quarter.
The third quarter performance was highlighted by a 12-0 run by the Broncos that spanned four minutes and flipped the score from San Marcos leading 41-38 to the Broncos up nine points.
Brooks scored half of the Broncos points during the run.
Brooks scored two of her three field goals during the run off of offensive rebounds.
Brooks finished with nine points and led the team in rebounds with 11.
Seven of those 11 were offensive rebounds.
The win moves the Broncos to second place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association with three games to play.
The good news for the Broncos is that the final three games of the season will be played at Kellogg Arena, where CPP owns a 10-1 record.
The top eight teams in the CCAA earn a place in the conference tournament that will be held at Cal Poly Pomona the first weekend in March.
If the Broncos remain in the top four, they will also host a first round playoff game that is not held at a neutral site.
Sonoma State University (7-11 CCAA, 10-12) and San Francisco State (3-15 CCAA, 5-16) are next up for the Broncos this Friday and Saturday.
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