The Orion

Wildcat pregame rituals

Shay Stark shooting a free throw against Holy Names University. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Wesley Harris

December 3, 2019

Game day can be a time when emotions run high in anticipation of hopping on the court. Envisioning the plays an athlete wants to make can cause anxiety as they try to keep their cool. Junior basketball player Shay Stark took me through a typical game day routine.“Honestly, I’m more calm before...

Love and support for five honored basketball players

Left to right: Mckena Barker, Madison Wong, Shay Stark, Isaiah Brooks, Malik Duffy Photo credit: Brandon Downs

Brandon Downs

March 18, 2019

Despite both teams missing the playoffs, five Chico State basketball players received recognition from the California Collegiate Athletic Association coaches for their hard work and success this season.The All-CCAA honors are broken down into three categories, with the division's brightest 10 stars ...

Women’s basketball experience ups and downs in long season

From left to right: junior Madison Wong (All-CCAA and had 10.8 points a game), freshman Mikaila Wegenke (13.7 min. per game and 4.1 points per game), sophomore Vanessa Holland (28.6 min. per game and 7.1 points per game), sophomore Shay Stark (All-CCAA and 11.4 points per game), senior Natalie Valenzuela (last season and 10.5 points per game). Photo credit: Maury Montalvo

Matthew Ferreira

March 13, 2019

The Wildcats women's basketball team's season didn’t end the way that they planned on as they missed the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament. It did, however, have a lot of excitement, ups and downs and entertaining games.The team’s season didn’t start on the ri...

Get to know Women’s Basketball Coach Brian Fogel

Coach Brian Fogel owns a 178–130 record as Chico State women's basketball coach and a 268-179 record in 15 years as an NCAA head coach. in Acker Gym on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
Image credit: Chico State sports information

Matthew Ferreira

March 5, 2019

Coach Brian Fogel finished his 11th year, at Chico State, coaching women's basketball on Saturday. Even though the Wildcats didn't finish the year how they wanted, coach Fogel has been there throughout to guide his student-athletes.He started his coaching career in 1989 as a grad assistant at Sonoma...

Wildcat women’s basketball end Senior Night with eight straight loss

Shay Stark shooting a free-throw attempt against Sonoma State on Saturday. She ended her season with six points on the night. Photo credit: Matthew Ferreira

Matthew Ferreira

March 4, 2019

The Chico State women’s basketball team lost their Senior Night game against Sonoma State Saturday night by a score of 71-59. Ending the season on an eight-game losing streak. The first quarter yielded little offense as both teams found it hard to get hot from the field. The teams tried their luck...

Wildcat’s effort not enough, extend losing streak to seven games

Wildcats trying to rebound against San Francisco. State. They got outrebounded 42-40. Photo credit: Matthew Ferreira

Matthew Ferreira

March 2, 2019

The Chico State women’s basketball game lost their matchup against San Francisco State Thursday by a score of 78-69. This makes it seven losses in a row and puts the season out of their hands if they want to reach the playoffs.The Wildcat’s offense executed early as they were able to play w...

Five straight losses make playoff push harder for Wildcats women’s basketball

McKena Barker shoots a layup against Humboldt State. 
Image credit: Jessica Bartlett/University Photographer

Brandon Downs

February 22, 2019

Chico State women's basketball lost their fifth straight game, by only one point in Thursday nights game at Cal State Los Angeles, with the largest lead being only six points. The game came down to the final play. The Wildcats were down 49-52 with just over a minute to play when McKena Barker got...

Double overtime tires Wildcats women’s basketball

Myli Martinez shooting one of her two made threes against Cal State San Bernadino Thursday night. Photo credit: Ricardo Tovar

Ricardo Tovar

February 16, 2019

Coming off of two losses the Wildcats were looking to defend their home court on Thursday night. Squaring off against the 9-13 Cal State San Bernadino Coyotes seemed like the perfect slump buster. However, just like their contest in January, the Coyotes emerged with the victory. An 11-2 start by the...

Wildcats come up short against Stanislaus State

McKena Barker goes up for the layup against Humboldt State Feb. 9, 2019. Photo credit: Mathew Boe

Matthew Ferreira

February 10, 2019

The Wildcats women's basketball team lost a close game to Stanislaus State on Saturday night. The game was competitive from the beginning and the Wildcats finished the first quarter with a 22-21 lead. Sophomore guard Shay Stark hit a three-pointer, a layup and a free throw in the latter end of the quar...

Wildcats lose overtime thriller to Humboldt State

Natalie Valenzuela shoots the layup against Humboldt State Photo credit: Mathew Boe

Matthew Ferreira

February 3, 2019

The Chico State Wildcats women’s basketball team lost a very close game in overtime Saturday night to Humboldt State. The Wildcats were a little slow offensively out of the gate and Humboldt took advantage of that, resulting in a 72-76 loss at Acker Gymnasium. Their junior guard Madeline Hatch was...

Wildcat of the Week- McKena Barker

McKena Barker is a senior, leader, rebounding specialist and this week's Wildcat of the Week. Photo credit: Caitlyn Young

Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

December 12, 2018

McKena Barker is a Chico native that has been a part of the Chico State women's basketball team since fall of 2014. She received her bachelor’s degree in public administration in spring 2018 and is currently working on her masters for public administration. In her previous season with Chico St...

Wildcats women’s basketball wins third in a row

Chico State's Madison Wong stays in defensive position against Cal State East Bay on Saturday while also scoring a career high 26 points. Photo credit: Maury Montalvo

Ricardo Tovar

December 9, 2018

Chico State women's basketball came into Acker Gymnasium against California State University East Bay looking to extend a two-game win streak. Extend they did, beating Cal State East Bay 78-59, riding a career high of 26 points from junior guard Madison Wong. "It was a team effort, it was good team win,...

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