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Women’s basketball team extends win streak to three

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

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

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


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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 percentage to .500.

First quarter: Since the opening tip, the Wildcats came out determined to win. Chico State led most of the way during the opening quarter and for a while it seemed like the game was heading toward a blow out, but the Warriors would not go down without a fight.

Second quarter: The second quarter was much like the first, the ‘Cats continued to add more points to their lead and at one point it opened up to a 12-point lead. Cal State Stanislaus hung around and made the Wildcats work for all their points during the quarter. During the half, Chico State shot a deadly 50 percent from the 3-point arc while only shooting 37 percent from the field.

Third quarter: The second half opened up different from the first. The Warriors looked to cut into the lead but struggled to do so and were only able to come within six points. Taylor Faucett led the way for the Warriors off the bench. When on the floor Faucet was Cal State Stanislaus’ main threat but all her hard work was not enough.

Fourth quarter: As the final quarter began, the game was much like the first three quarters with Chico State leading the entire way and keeping the Warriors at bay. The Wildcats finished the game shooting 45 percent, 38 percent from the 3-point arc while Cal State Stanislaus finished the game shooting a dismal 31 percent from the field, an even worse 18 percent from the 3-point arc.

Top scorers:
Freshman McKena Barker – 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists
Sophomore Natalie Valenzuela – 13 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist
Sophomore Whitney Branham – 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist

The Wildcats next game is against Cal State East Bay at home on Friday, Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m.

Carlos Islas can be reached at [email protected] or @cIslasReports on Twitter

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