The Broncos hosted the CCAA/PacWest challenge this past weekend as they defeated Point Loma on Friday night, but were defeated by Azusa Pacific on Saturday evening.
In the first game of the season, the Broncos defeated Point Loma 70-54, as junior forward Rebecca Islas had a double-double in the game with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
“I was really happy with the effort. I felt like our team played extremely hard throughout the entire game,” Coach Danelle Bishop said. “We have a lot of new players and put in a lot of new stuff so for them to come in and absorb everything they have learned the last couple of weeks is great.”
To start the game, junior forward Monica Todd received the pass down in the paint from Islas and put up the easy layup to get the scoring started for the Broncos.
“We felt like we needed to throw the first punch and I feel like we did,” Todd said. “I love when my teammates are knocking down shots because it’s easier for me to give it to them and helps me trust my team more.”
Down by two early, senior guard Jordyn Shane drove to the basket and kicked it out to junior forward Kasey Smit who knocked down the wide open three to give the Broncos a one-point lead just two minutes into the game.
Halfway through the first quarter, the Broncos had back-to-back threes by Smit and Islas to push the lead to five.
The Broncos hit a total of four three-pointers in the first quarter as they led Point Loma 19-16 at the end of the quarter. Smit had 8 points in the quarter and went 2-2 from behind the arc.
Point Loma made it a close one in the second quarter as they scored 15 points in the quarter. At the end of the first half, the Broncos lead was cut only to two.
In the first half, the Broncos out-rebounded the Sea Lions 21-17. The Broncos shot 40 percent from the field and 43 percent from three.
To start the second half, the Broncos’ defense locked in, as the Sea Lions only scored eight points in the quarter. The Broncos offense continued to be aggressive as they went on a 9-2 run to start the quarter.
“We made a couple adjustments that we wanted to make, and we just focused on little things that we should have been doing in the first half,” Bishop said.
Coming off a Sea Lion turnover, Islas hit another three-pointer as her shot pushed the Broncos lead to 12 with just three minutes left in the quarter. The highest lead of the game for the Broncos was 14 as they ended the quarter with the score 51-39.
With only five minutes left in the game, the Broncos offense continued to be aggressive. Todd found a wide-open Islas for the three to give the Broncos their highest lead of the game at 17.
The Broncos shot a 44 percent from the field while holding the Sea Lions to 34 percent shooting. Five of the Broncos’ nine three-pointers in the game came from Islas who went 5-7 from three and shot 63 percent from the field.
“Once one goes in then the second one and my confidence just keeps going up so that helped a lot,” Islas said.
Todd had an all-around good game as she finished the game with 11 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Four Broncos were in double figures in points as Smit and junior guard Lauryn Catching each contributed with 10 points each. The Broncos bench also outscored the Sea Lion bench 15-9 in the game.
Despite a 29 points performance by Islas, the Broncos late comeback fell short against Azusa Pacific as they lost 74-70.
Although the Broncos shot 38 percent from the field, they only shot 18 percent from three-point land.
Azusa Pacific’s offense also was aggressive on the Broncos’ defense as they shot 48 percent from the field while getting 30 points in the paint. The Cougars bench also outscored the Broncos bench 16-11.
Smit contributed with 16 points and seven rebounds for the Broncos. Shane scored 13 points in the game but struggled from the field shooting 3-10.
The Broncos will next play Tarleton State this Saturday at Kellogg Arena with tip-off set for 1 p.m.
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