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Branham leads Chico over Western Oregon

Junior guard Whitney Branham looks for the ball after being fouled. Photo credit: George Johnston

Kenta Mcafee

November 23, 2016

Junior guard Whitney Branham led the Wildcats to a win Nov. 18 against Western Oregon.Branham scored 25 points, 11 of those were from free throws. With perfect shooting from the charity stripe and four three-pointers in the game, Chico State was able to take a 70-67 win.During her 34 minutes on the c...

Big three leads to big win

Whitney Branham battles for the ball during a Wildcat home game. Orion stock image.

Cydney Nance

November 17, 2016

The Chico State women's basketball team snagged a 64-54 win over Holy Names University Nov. 16 behind the scoring explosion of junior guard Whitney Branham.Branham scored 20 points and shot five three-pointers to lead the Wildcats in scoring. In each of the Wildcats three preseason games, Branham has poste...

Star players shine on the court

Junior outside hitter Olivia Mediano attempts to direct her team during a Wildcat home game. 
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Cydney Nance

November 15, 2016

No single athlete can represent an entire team, but the players that hit game-winning shots or snag the final kill seem to stand above the rest.The Chico State athletic department is no stranger to greatness with dominant performances in the cross country, basketball, soccer and volleyball teams thi...

Women’s basketball team rallies against Notre Dame

Sophomore forward McKena Barker contests a shot during a Wildcat home game. Photo credit: Jordan Olesen

Cydney Nance

November 14, 2016

The Chico State women's basketball team rallied behind the incredible play of sophomore forward Natalie Valenzuela Nov. 12 to pull off a 59-44 win against Notre Dame University.Valenzuela posted double-digit scoring numbers for the second consecutive game, along with five rebounds and four blocks. V...

Women’s basketball team loses first preseason game

McKena Barker inbounds the ball during a Wildcat home game. Photo credit: Jordan Olesen

Cydney Nance

November 11, 2016

A double-double by junior forward Natalie Valenzuela wasn't enough to lift the Wildcats over Dominican Univerisity Nov. 11. Valenzuela had 14 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocks in 33 minutes to snag the first double-double of her career. Despite the successful performance of Valenzuela,...

Women’s basketball team willed to victory

Senior Sherise Porchia waits for an inbound play during a game against Cal State Stanislaus Photo credit: Carlos Islas

Cydney Nance

November 1, 2016

When the Chico State women's basketball team stepped on the court Oct. 30, its only goal was to come away with the win. Although the team struggled to stay ahead in the game, junior guard Whitney Branham was determined to prevent a repeat of last season's 5-15 record. Branham notched a double-double...

Full Disclosure: Women’s basketball look towards leaders for success

Gabriel Moreno

October 31, 2016

A heartbreaking six-game losing streak finished off the Chico State women's basketball team last year and left them with a 5-15 conference record. The team tied for last place in its conference and had most of its problems on the road with a 1-9 away record. A lack of defense allowed other teams to...

WNBA remains out of reach

Whitney Branham receives help getting up after knocking down a shot. Photo credit: Jacob Auby

Cydney Nance

September 20, 2016

With preseason starting in a matter of weeks, the Chico State women’s basketball team is preparing to have a better season this semester, after ending last year with a six-game losing streak. While there are many talented players on the women's roster, the WNBA is not the goal for most players on the ...

Chico State women’s basketball team falls short

Sophomore Natalie Valenzuela prevents her opponent from getting to the basket in a game against Simpson University. Photo credit: Jordan Olesen

Jason Spies

March 21, 2016

The Chico State women’s basketball team had high hopes that this would be the year it would get back to its winning ways and put the losing seasons behind. Unfortunately those expectations came up short as the team finished the season with a record of 10-16, missing the playoffs for a second straight...

Heart of a Wildcat: Women’s basketball player overcomes adversity

Sophomore Whitney Branham attempts a free throw in a close game. Photo credit: Jacob Auby

Jason Spies

March 2, 2016

Two spinal surgeries, one foot surgery and having a birthday every four years sounds like the beginning to a sad story. For women's basketball player, sophomore Whitney Branham, these life events have only made her stronger and proven that she can accomplish anything she puts her mind to.Branham faced adv...

Women’s basketball team loses to Humboldt State

Sophomore Whitney Branham dribbles around her opponent in a game against Cal State Stanislaus. Photo credit: Jordan Olesen

Gabriella Bermudez

February 23, 2016

The Chico State women's basketball team continues to struggle through the CCAA conference this season. The 'Cats lost their second consecutive CCAA conference game against the Humboldt State Jacks 67-73 on Feb. 20 at home.The loss drops the team's conference record to 5-13, and its overall season re...

Women’s basketball team extends win streak to three

Sophomore Whitney Branham launches a three point shot as her team looks on against Simpson University on Jan 23. Photo credit: Jordan Olesen

January 31, 2016

In a game in which there was only one lead change, the Chico State women’s basketball team extended its win streak to three after beating the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors 62-52 at home on Saturday Jan. 30. The win sets Chico State's season record at 9-9 and 4-8 in conference play, increasing its win p...

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