Women’s basketball secured their second win of the season in an overtime thriller against Tarleton State on Saturday afternoon at Kellogg Arena.
“We were really frustrated at halftime, but we came back and responded well after,” head coach Danelle Bishop said. “I’m pleased with the overall effort and the way we fought back, and I liked their grit.”
Senior guard Crystal Malveaux had a double-double in the game, leading the Broncos in points with 21 and she also had 10 rebounds. Malveaux shot 57 percent from the floor in her 32 minutes of play.
To start the game, senior guard Jordyn Shane came out red hot. As soon as the Broncos won the tip, Shane drove to the basket for the easy layup to get the first points of the game. During the next possession, junior forward Kasey Smit hit Shane for the wide open three to give her five points with just a minute into the game.
Shane had nine of the Broncos 11 points in the first five minutes of the game.
“I’ve wanted to be offensive minded today and come out really aggressive,” Shane said.
Despite Shane’s offense performance, the Broncos’ struggled defensivley. The Texanns hit four three-pointers in the first quarter which helped them contain the lead to 21-15 after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Broncos’ defensive struggles continued as the Texanns scored 19 points in the quarter. Second chance points were an advantage for the Texanns, as they had 11 offensive rebounds. Heading to half, the score was 40-35 Texanns.
The Broncos only had seven rebounds to the Texanns 23 in the first half.
Looking to capture the lead, the Broncos’ bigs came up big in the third quarter. Malveaux had an easy put back with just three minutes into the half to tie up the game. A few possessions later, Malveaux hit a step-back three-pointer to give the Broncos a one-point lead.The Texanns’ offense struggled in the third as they only had 10 points in the entire quarter. Smit and junior forward Rebecca Islas showed their presence defensivley down low.
At the end of the third, CPP led 54-50 for their first lead of the game.
Both offenses struggled to start the quarter but the Texanns made their way back to recapture the lead 57-54. The Texanns went on a 7-0 run until five minutes left in the game, when Malveaux hit another three to tie up the game once again.
After both teams hit back-and-forth baskets, the game was tied at 67 apiece with just a minute left. The Texanns went for a wide open three but missed, and the ball was rebounded by the Broncos. With just 20 seconds left the Broncos settled for the last shot.
Shane drove down to the right wing into the paint and kicked it out to a wide-open junior guard Dominique Dotson who missed, sending the game to overtime.
Smit put the game away just a minute in as she hit a wide open three to start overtime and after a Texanns miss, she drove down the left lane for the left-handed layup to put the Broncos up five with three minutes left in the game.
“It set the tone and after I hit it I felt like everyone wanted to get after it even more and it’s great to see that no matter who hits the shot everyone else is in it and wants to get after it,” Smit said.
The Broncos scored 15 points in overtime and held the Texanns to just three points to beat the Texanns 82-70. The Broncos had four players in double figures in points, with Shane contributing 18, Smit getting 12 and Islas notching a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Despite the Broncos being successful from three in past games, they only made five in the entire game but had 42 points in the paint.
“It’s huge for us because we aren’t even that big and we are going to be a small team,” Bishop said. “It’s a test for our team to get to the rim and driving in strong and finishing.”
CPP will now head to Concordia-Irvine on Wednesday with tip-off slated at 5 p.m.
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