Wildcats catch fire early in game against Simpson University


Sophomore guard Whitney Branham fights for possession of the ball on the ground. Photo credit: George Johnston

The Chico State women’s basketball team won its second game in a row beating Simpson University 78-62, Jan. 23 in Acker Gym. It was the first time the two non-conference teams have ever faced each other, and the Wildcats left their mark all over this game.

The win boosts Chico State’s record to 8-9 on the season, with a 3-8 conference record. Even with a sub par record, the Wildcats are in a four-way tie for ninth place and half a game out of the eighth and final spot in the CCAA Championship Tournament.

The night belonged to senior guard Brooke Bowen as she exploded for a season high of 17 points on 6-11 shooting including 3-4 from behind the 3-point line.

The Wildcats led most of the game and used a 13-3 run to blossom the lead to 15 points, and led 45-30 at halftime. Even with a big lead, Chico State didn’t take their foot off the pedal. They came out in the second half on fire and extended their lead to 61-36 midway through the third, putting the game out of reach. The reserves for the Wildcats got to play the majority of the fourth quarter and Chico cruised to a 78-62 finish.

Top Scorers

Senior Brooke Bowen- 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists

Sophomore Natalie Valenzuela- 16 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks

Freshman McKena Barker- 10 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists

The Chico State women’s basketball team will look to extend their winning streak to three games as they take on Cal State Stanislaus Jan. 30 at home.

Jason Spies can be reached at [email protected] or @Jason_Spies on Twitter.