By Michelle Gardner
POMONA – Cal Poly Pomona sophomore guard Reyana Colson admits she still isn’t 100 percent healthy. That is bad news for Bronco opponents.
Colson scored a career-high 26 points and dished out seven assists and two steals to lead Cal Poly to a 77-57 win over Western Oregon in the opening game of the Bronco Invitational Friday at Kellogg Gymnasium.
Colson, the team’s second-leading scorer last year as a freshman, missed the first five games this season with tendonitis in her knee, then played limited minutes in her first two back. She has scored 66 points in the three games since then.
“I thought we played pretty well without her but we’re so much better with her,” coach Scott Davis said. “Now we have everyone back in the right position. She is the one that makes us go.”
Playing through the injury was not an option. Davis said Colson is one of the gutsiest players on the team. So when she said the pain had gotten unbearable, he didn’t hesitate sitting her out.
The Compton native said she is probably “85 to 90 percent healthy” but is still working her way into playing shape.
“The knee isn’t hurting near as bad but I hadn’t played in a
month so I was way out of shape,” she said. “I’m getting there.”
Davis expected more of a challenge but the Broncos (5-5) were never threatened. Colson scored eight of her team’s first 12 points and 10 of its first 20, including a driving layup with 8:50 left in the first half that staked the Broncos to a 20-9 lead.
The biggest lead of the half was 21 points which came twice, the
last at 40-19 to end the half.
The Wolves (4-5) didn’t get in legitimate striking distance. They were able to cut the deficit to 12 at 51-39 with 12:28 to play but the Broncos answered with Colson hitting a short jumper to make it 53-39, then completed a 3-point play a minute later that made it 56-41 and the rout was on.
Colson was followed in the scoring column by Stephisha Walton with 14 points. Megan Ford added 12 with seven rebounds and Unique Anderson contributed 11 with five assists. The Broncos tallied 18 assists as a team.
“I get a lot of my points in transition. That’s my game,” Colson said. “But it’s not about the points. I just want to win.”