The Orion

With sweep of Seawolves, both men and women bring playoff basketball to Acker Gym in Chico

Whitney Branham, McKena Barker, Jo Paine and Shay Stark huddle up in a matchup against UC San Diego Photo credit: Kate Angeles

Courtney Chapman

February 24, 2018

The Sonoma State Seawolves were no match for our Wildcats this weekend with losses of 75-68 against the women and 65-62 against the men. Seniors Whitney Branham and Kayla Taylor were putting work in on the court and points up on the board. Branham ended the game with 18 points while Taylor ended her...

Women win as Branham breaks 3-point record while men struggle in San Francisco

Whitney Branham and coach Brian Fogel Photo credit: Jason Haley

Courtney Chapman

February 23, 2018

The Chico State women dominated the San Fransisco State Gators in an exciting game resulting in a win of 63-49. The men fought hard but ultimately lost 38-67 against the Gators.Whitney Branham and Kayla Taylor both shined on the court, scoring a combined total of 34 out of the 63 total game points sc...

Women’s basketball brings home the win as seniors lead by example

Senior Haley Cremen, left, poses with her mother, Penni Cremen. Cremen was one of four seniors  honored during Saturday's Senior Night. Photo credit: Martin Chang

Courtney Chapman

February 18, 2018

The Wildcats showed up ready to defend Aker one last time this year and did just that defeating Cal State San Marcos 74-56 in an explosive game Saturday night during Senior Night for the Wildcats. There was a ceremony for the senior players before the game. Their families surrounded them as their tim...

Branham struggles, Ellis and McFerren with season highs in split verse Dominguez Hills

Isaiah Ellis shoots a field goal in the Wildcats home game against Dominguez Hills. Photo credit: Justin Couchot

Katalina Santamaria

January 27, 2018

The Chico State men's basketball team continued its win streak with a 82-64 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday. Seniors Jalen McFerren and Isaiah Ellis led the Wildcats to a victory over the Toros, scoring a season high 24 points each. This is now the ’Cats fourth straight win, with no sig...

Amongst waves, Wildcats finish break strong

Wildcats Isaiah Ellis Drives past Cal Poly Pomona defenders Photo credit: Julia Maldonado

Justin Couchot

January 21, 2018

The Wildcat men went 6-3 over the five-week stretch of winter break at Chico State that went from Dec. 16-Jan. 21, bringing them to 21-5 overall and 9-4 in conference. After three straight wins, the Wildcats fell three straight games. However, these losses were frustrating after coming at deficits...

Wildcat of the Week

Photo credit: Sean Martens

Patrick Pace

November 30, 2017

Whitney Branham is a senior on the Chico State women's basketball team. She is currently averaging 23.8 points per game on a Wildcat team that has won their first two California Collegiate Athletic Association games by an average of 15 points. She has already gone for over 30 points in a game against Hu...

Wildcat of the week: Whitney Branham

Photo credit: Franky Renteria

Franky Renteria and Patrick Pace

February 23, 2017

Junior guard Whitney Branham is the leading scorer for the Chico State Wildcat's women's basketball team. She averages 14.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and is an 89 percent free throw shooter. After two losing seasons, Branham has been the most important player on a team that currently sits at 14...

Women’s basketball is on the right track

Photo credit: Jacob Auby

Patrick Pace

February 14, 2017

After two 10-16 seasons, Chico State women's basketball seems to be trending in the right direction again. The Wildcats are currently 14-8 overall with a 9-3 record at home and are currently in 7th place in the CCAA. They could have a chance to go to the CCAA postseason tournament for the first time in...

‘Cats struggle in Coyote territory

Katalina Santamaria

January 23, 2017

After three straight wins at home, the Chico States women’s basketball team started the new year with a tough loss against Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes. Despite a slow start, the 'Cats were able to come close to the Coyotes, but ended up falling short, losing 58-63. Coyotes dominated the g...

Frigid from three leads to third loss

Junior forward Jo Paine attempts a shot at the rim. Photo credit: Jovanna Garcia

Makayla Hopkins

December 10, 2016

Only three of 19 three-point attempts fell for the Chico State women's basketball team Dec. 9 game against Humboldt State. Along with the 15 percent shooting from beyond the arc, Chico State also committed 21 turnovers in its 42-44 loss. The inability to take advantage of their possessions and ineffective...

’Cats wins five consecutive games

Gabriel Moreno

November 23, 2016

The Chico State women's basketball team earned its longest winning streak since 2014 Nov. 22 with a win over Fresno Pacific University.The Wildcats dominated the first three-quarters of play, outscoring Fresno 75-46. The almost 30 point lead came from the incredible shooting performance from the free-...

Branham named MVP of Coslet Classic

Sophomore forward McKena Barker searches the court for a teammate to pass the ball to. Photo credit: Jordan Olesen

Kenta Mcafee

November 23, 2016

A perfect record in the Carl's Jr. Coslet Classic has prepared the women's basketball team for its upcoming conference season.The team closed out Dixie State 65-55 Nov. 19 to extend its overall season record to 4-1. Chico State has a four-game winning streak, tying its longest win streak last season.In...

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