Women’s basketball falls in first CCAA bout

Kevin Lucena

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Chico State basketball player Brooke Bowen led the team in scoring and rebounding Friday night against Cal State Dominguez Hills. Photo courtesy Chico Wildcats.

After going 3-1 in the non-conference games to start their season. The Chico State women’s basketball team opened conference play on the road, losing 64-42 against Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday night. Chico state was led in both scoring and rebounding by junior Brooke Bowen, who scored 13 points while pulling down nine rebounds.

The ‘Cats were unable to overcome the Toros’ advantage on the glass in their hopes of avenging last year’s season-ending loss against the Toros in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Tournament. Cal State Dominguez Hills enjoyed a 53-35 advantage on the board to double the ‘Cats in second chance points 10-5. The Toros’ relentless pounding on the boards also helped the home team earn 25 trips to the charity stripe. compared to the Wildcats’ 15.

Dominguez Hills were led in scoring by junior Breanne Garcia who, along with senior Tayler Champion, paced the team with 12 points. Senior Talia Redford scored eight points and brought down 10 rebounds.

Chico State got off to a slow start from the field, going over five minutes into the game before they made their first field goal. Chico State came into the game averaging over 70 points a game on the season.

The Toros’ tight defense led to Chico State’s worst shooting night of the young season. For the night the ‘Cats shot just 26.8 percent in the field and went 1-9 from the 3-point line. Chico State plays again today on the road against Cal State L.A.

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