Women’s basketball third straight loss

The Chico State women’s basketball team dropped it’s second game in a row to Cal State Stanislaus, making their next two games crucial if they want to participate in the postseason tournament.

The Wildcats opened the game up strong, scoring the first 11 points and sending the Warriors into a panic. At the end of the first quarter the score was 19-7 and it looked like the team would coast to a win.

However, the Warriors picked it up in the second quarter, scoring 19 points and taking the lead at the half. The teams battled back and forth in the second half, trading baskets back and forth. The Wildcats led by as much as 9 in the third quarter, but Stanislaus was able to tie it up by the beginning of the fourth quarter.

The game stayed close until the very end. Junior guard Whitney Branham made a lay-up that put the ‘Cats up 55-53, but it was quickly answered by Stanislaus. With 30 seconds left and the game on the line, Wong missed a three pointer that would’ve brought the game within 1 point. Cal State Stanislaus ended up winning the game 63-57, dropping the Wildcats to 14-10 on the season and to 8th place in their league.

The team’s next two games are their last in the regular season. They will be playing Cal State East Bay Feb. 24 and Cal State Monterey Bay Feb. 25. These are must-wins if the ‘Cats want to participate in the CCAA championship tournament. They currently hold the final spot and Sonoma State is only one game behind.

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