Wildcats extend winning streak


Shay Stark helping the Wildcats on defense and with the flow of the game against Cal State East Bay, on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Photo credit: Maury Montalvo

Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

Chico State women’s basketball has come back stronger than ever after facing a three-game losing streak. After taking on the Pioneers, the Wildcats have extended their winning streak to four games.

Shay Stark put Chico on the scoreboard first and the lead was kept throughout the first quarter. But East Bay did not trail behind for long, ending the quarter with two successful layups that tied the game.

Myli Martinez (#24), Rachel Fielder(#43), Natalie Valenzuela (#12) and Shay Stark (#21) and the rest of the team cheering from the bench against Cal State East Bay on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Photo credit: Maury Montalvo

This discouraged the Wildcats and they struggled to get any type of lead through the second quarter. Both teams were evenly matched up, tying five times in the second quarter. Chico scored the last point of the second quarter ending at 24-24.

After halftime, Chico State came back ready to show East Bay that it wasn’t an even game. Although the Pioneers were the first to score in that quarter, the Wildcats showed no mercy and had their biggest lead of the game.

Chico State dominated the quarter scoring 26 points, while the Pioneers were only able to score seven points. The quarter ended with the Wildcats on top 51-30.

East Bay was not ready to give up and came back in the fourth quarter ready to put up a fight. They were able to score 33 points, the most they did the whole night. It was not enough, as the Wildcats kept a solid offense that gained them 25 points in the fourth quarter.

From far left Mikaila Wegenke (#30), McKena Barker (#41), Brynn Thoming (#11) and Vanessa Holland (#24) talking gameplan against Cal State East Bay. Saturday on Dec. 8, 2018. Photo credit: Maury Montalvo

The game ended with a victory for Chico State of 75-64. The women’s basketball team looks forward to play on home court and face off against the University of California, San Diego on Jan. 24 at Acker Gymnasium.

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