By Michelle Gardner
POMONA – Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball coach Scott Davis couldn’t have picked a better time for his 100th career win. It came Friday night at his Broncos edged defending CCAA champion Chico State 65-61.
It was the fifth straight win for the Broncos (7-5, 3-0) who are tied for first pace in the conference heading into tonight’s home game against Cal State Stanislaus.
“That’s a great win for us,” Davis said. “They were picked to win the conference again. They’re big. They’re well-coached. Every game in this conference is going to be tough and that was us just gutting one out.”
The game was even for the last time at 54-all with 3:50 to play. Rosslyn Beard connected for a 3-pointer, her only bucket of the game, to give the Broncos a 57-54 lead it would never relenquish.
They were still up 61-58 after Chico’s Annelise Miller hit a couple of free throws with 55 seconds left but the Broncos converted on the other end with Unique Anderson his a 15-foot jumper to boost the lead back to five with 26 seconds left.
“We did the little things very ell in the last few minutes,” Davis said. “We got the rebounds, the loose balls. We made all the hustle plays and it made the difference.”
The Broncos boasted a balanced attack with four players finishing in double figures. Freshman forward Megan Ford tallied 14 points and nine rebounds. Stephisha Walton and Reyana Colson chipped in with 11 each and Ally Smith added 10.
Walton also had nine rebounds and Colson dished out six assists.
The Wildcats (5-2, 1-2) were led by Natasha Smith with 19 points and Christine Vest with 15.