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Wildcat women end season on the road

First-year McKena Barker hugs a teammate after a game against Cal Poly Pomona. Photo credit: Jacob Auby

First-year McKena Barker hugs a teammate after a game against Cal Poly Pomona. Photo credit: Jacob Auby

Esther Briggs

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Sophomore Whitney Branham led all scorers with 20 points in the last season game against the Cal State L.A. Eagles where the Wildcats fell 83-61 at The Eagles’ Nest in L.A. on Feb. 27.

Branham started off the night hot. The sophomore guard knocked down four 3-pointers, giving her 41 treys for the season. Heading into the second quarter the ‘Cats cut Cal State L.A.’s lead to 22-20 heading into the second quarter.

After that, Wildcats mounted a 9-2 run, highlighted by Branham’s third 3-pointer of the game, to pull to 44-35 at halftime. As the third quarter rolled around, the ‘Cats were able to pull back from the 55-35 lead that the Eagles held with another Branham 3-pointer, bringing it to 59-45. Not able to pull further ahead they headed into the fourth quarter down 65-47.

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Sophomore Whitney Branham takes a free throw in a game against Cal State East Bay. Photo credit: Jacob Auby

Chico State produced one last offensive burst – baskets by sophomores Natalie Valenzuela, Branham, and juniors Sherise Porchia and Michelle Townsend fueled a 10-4 run that made the score 76-61 with 1:53 to play. The Golden Eagles sealed their win with a final seven points to bring the score to 83-61.

The Wildcats end the season losing 16 of its 22 games and will not be moving on to postseason play for the second year in a row.

Esther Briggs can be reached at [email protected] or @EstherBriggs191 on Twitter.

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