Most wondered what would happen to the Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team after All-everything guard Reyana Colson graduated. Well the Broncos haven’t skpped a beat.
Coach Danelle Bishop’s team turned in a 70-52 win over visiting Dixie State (Utah) on Saturday at Kellogg Gymnasium. Wins over in-region foes loom large when rankings start coming out later in the season because they’re a big factor in advancing to the postseason.
While Colson was the focal point of the Bronco attack for the previous four years, the team now has balance. It may not have one player of that caliber but it has several with potential to hit for double digits consistently.
Newcomer Ariel Marsh was the big contributor on Saturday. Marsh, who previously played at Ayala High School and Citrus College, scored 19 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field and 5-for-5 shooting from the line.
Senior Sarah Semenero, whose game took off late last season, added 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Senior forward Megan Ford had an “off” game from the scoring standpoint with just eight. But she contributed in other ways – 10 rebounds and a career-high six assists.
So the Broncos are now 6-0 and looking pretty solid!
On a side note – the renovations made to the gymnasium make a huge difference. The court surface has been redone and the lighting is significantly better. Stadium-style chairback seats have replaced the outdated wooden bleachers. The improvements were long overdue. Kellogg Gymnasium no longer looks like an old high school facility.