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Branham leads Chico over Western Oregon

Branham leads Chico over Western Oregon

Kenta Mcafee

November 23, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Junior guard Whitney Branham led the Wildcats to a win Nov. 18 against Western Oregon.Branham scored 25 points, 11 of those were from free throws. With perfect shooting from the charity stripe and four three-pointers in the game, Chico State was able to take a 70-67 win.During her 34 minutes on the c...

Big three leads to big win

Big three leads to big win

Cydney Nance

November 17, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Chico State women's basketball team snagged a 64-54 win over Holy Names University Nov. 16 behind the scoring explosion of junior guard Whitney Branham.Branham scored 20 points and shot five three-pointers to lead the Wildcats in scoring. In each of the Wildcats three preseason games, Branham has poste...

Star players shine on the court

Star players shine on the court

Cydney Nance

November 15, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Sports, Volleyball

No single athlete can represent an entire team, but the players that hit game-winning shots or snag the final kill seem to stand above the rest.The Chico State athletic department is no stranger to greatness with dominant performances in the cross country, basketball, soccer and volleyball teams thi...

Women’s basketball team rallies against Notre Dame

Women’s basketball team rallies against Notre Dame

Cydney Nance

November 14, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Chico State women's basketball team rallied behind the incredible play of sophomore forward Natalie Valenzuela Nov. 12 to pull off a 59-44 win against Notre Dame University.Valenzuela posted double-digit scoring numbers for the second consecutive game, along with five rebounds and four blocks. V...

Women’s basketball team loses first preseason game

Women’s basketball team loses first preseason game

Cydney Nance

November 11, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

A double-double by junior forward Natalie Valenzuela wasn't enough to lift the Wildcats over Dominican Univerisity Nov. 11. Valenzuela had 14 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocks in 33 minutes to snag the first double-double of her career. Despite the successful performance of Valenzuela,...

Women’s basketball team willed to victory

Women’s basketball team willed to victory

Cydney Nance

November 1, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

When the Chico State women's basketball team stepped on the court Oct. 30, its only goal was to come away with the win. Although the team struggled to stay ahead in the game, junior guard Whitney Branham was determined to prevent a repeat of last season's 5-15 record. Branham notched a double-double...

Full Disclosure: Women’s basketball look towards leaders for success

Gabriel Moreno

October 31, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Full Disclosure, Sports

A heartbreaking six-game losing streak finished off the Chico State women's basketball team last year and left them with a 5-15 conference record. The team tied for last place in its conference and had most of its problems on the road with a 1-9 away record. A lack of defense allowed other teams to...

WNBA remains out of reach

WNBA remains out of reach

Cydney Nance

September 20, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

With preseason starting in a matter of weeks, the Chico State women’s basketball team is preparing to have a better season this semester, after ending last year with a six-game losing streak. While there are many talented players on the women's roster, the WNBA is not the goal for most players on the ...

Chico State women’s basketball team falls short

Chico State women’s basketball team falls short

Jason Spies

March 21, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

The Chico State women’s basketball team had high hopes that this would be the year it would get back to its winning ways and put the losing seasons behind. Unfortunately those expectations came up short as the team finished the season with a record of 10-16, missing the playoffs for a second straight...

Heart of a Wildcat: Women’s basketball player overcomes adversity

Heart of a Wildcat: Women’s basketball player overcomes adversity

Jason Spies

March 2, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Two spinal surgeries, one foot surgery and having a birthday every four years sounds like the beginning to a sad story. For women's basketball player, sophomore Whitney Branham, these life events have only made her stronger and proven that she can accomplish anything she puts her mind to.Branham faced adv...

Women’s basketball team loses to Humboldt State

Women’s basketball team loses to Humboldt State

Gabriella Bermudez

February 23, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Chico State women's basketball team continues to struggle through the CCAA conference this season. The 'Cats lost their second consecutive CCAA conference game against the Humboldt State Jacks 67-73 on Feb. 20 at home.The loss drops the team's conference record to 5-13, and its overall season re...

Women’s basketball team extends win streak to three

Women’s basketball team extends win streak to three

January 31, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

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 p...

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