Having five players in double figures in points, the Broncos’ offense lifted them to a 94-64 win over San Francisco State on Thursday night.
Junior forward Monica Todd led the Broncos with 16 points and 13 rebounds while shooting 63 percent from the floor.
“I came off the bench and my mentality was to be that crasher and slasher on the offensive and defensive boards and be aggressive on both ends of the floor,” Todd said. “We did a great job assisting and moving the ball on the offensive end. With our defense when we play well, it helps us on the offensive end.”
At the beginning of the game, the Broncos’ offense started off a little sluggish as they were down by four with five minutes left in the first, but junior guard Dominique Dotson’s three brought them within one as they were down 14-15.
After causing the Gators to commit a turnover, Dotson hit another three to give the Broncos a 2-point lead with three minutes left in the quarter.
The quarter ended with the Broncos going on a 16-4 run with Dotson scoring 11 points in the quarter. Heading into the second the Broncos had a 30-19 lead.
“Dominque had 11 points in the first quarter and that got us going early,” head coach Danelle Bishop said. “Defense creates our offense and tonight wasn’t perfect but we are making steps in the right direction.”
As the Broncos’ offense continued to do what they want against the Gators, the defense only allowed the Gators to score nine points in the entire quarter.
Junior guard Mylah Andrada hit a three from the right side of the wing to end the half and gave the Broncos a 21-point advantage with a commanding lead of 49-28.
The Broncos’ defense created great fast-break opportunities, as they had a total of 18 fast-break points to just two from the Gators.
“We are smaller and we were big last year. That has been our focus and we work on that all the time and tonight we just did a phenomenal job,” Bishop said.
Heading into the fourth, the Broncos pushed their lead to 26, making it difficult for the Gators to make a comeback.
The Broncos’ 94 points scored is the most they have scored since 2013, when they defeated Stanislaus State 96-48.
All 10 Broncos players scored a point in the game.
Senior guard Crystal Malveaux also had a double-double in the game with 13 points scored and 11 rebounds in the game. Andrada and Dotson also had 13 points each in the game. Senior Jordyn Shane finished second in points for the Broncos with 15 points.
“We played really well and I thought that we came together as a team more than we have in any other games,” Malveaux said. “We also played hard on the defensive end and that’s what really helped win us the game.”
One key strength the Broncos had was points in the paint as they scored 48 points to just 26 from the Gators. The Broncos also shot 45 percent from 3-point land. With all the Broncos players going into the game, their bench also outscored the Gators bench 44-37.
The Broncos started conference play 2-0 as they defeated Stanislaus State 75-64 on Saturday night.
Shane had a dominating offensive performance as she scored 35 points in the game and gathered 11 rebounds. Shane shot 72 percent from the floor and shot 8-9 from the free-throw line.
Junior forward Rebecca Islas also contributed with a double-double as she scored 10 points and led the Broncos with 13 rebounds.
The Broncos were outscored in bench points 36-8 but did get 23 second-chance points to just eight from the Warriors.
The Broncos have started the season 5-1 and 2-0 in conference, and will now head to Sonoma State on Saturday with tip-off set at 1 p.m.
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