Cal Poly Pomona Athletics
SEASIDE, Calif. – Cal Poly Pomona picked up a tremendous road win Friday, 58-55, handing Cal State Monterey Bay its first loss of the 2010-11 campaign.
The Broncos improve to 14-2 overall and 11-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, while the Otters fall to 16-1 overall and 12-1 through conference play. In the first NCAA West Region poll released Wednesday, CSUMB held the No. 1 spot while CPP ranked third.
Reyana Colson led all scorers with 25 points, while adding nine rebounds and five assists in a season-high 40 minutes played. The Broncos as a team shot 9-for-14 from 3-point range, with three treys from Colson, three from J.J. Judge and two from Sarah Semenero.
CPP jumped out to a 15-9 lead through the midway point in the first half, as Colson hit five of her first six free throw attempts. The advantage swung back and forth between the squads for the remainder of the period, with CSUMB taking its first lead with 2:46 to play after a layup from LaShawn Johnson.
The Broncos faced a two-point deficit heading into the final possession of the half but Rosslyn Beard was able to sink a trey with just 3 seconds on the game clock to lift CPP ahead 29-28 heading into the intermission.
The Otters rallied for an 11-0 run to start the second half, with five of those points coming from Holly Holcomb. That spurt put CSUMB ahead 39-29 after a jumper by Julie Heurung at the 15:15 mark.
Despite dealing with that big of run by the Otters, the Broncos managed to rally immediately after for their own 14-0 stretch. That spring was capped off with a free throw from Semenero, putting CPP up 43-39 with about 8 minutes to play in regulation.
CSUMB managed to cut CPP’s advantage back down to one point, 49-48, at the 4:20 mark but the Broncos continued to use tough 3-point shooting to raise up the lead once again.
CPP took a 57-55 lead into the final minute and held the Otters to 0-for-4 shooting from the field to finish with the three-point victory, 58-55.
Both teams ended with shooting nights at 33.3 percent but the Broncos showed plenty of poise from 3-point range, firing at a 64.3 clip while CSUMB went just 3-for-16 from beyond the arc.
Judge posted 10 points and added two assists. Semenero posted nine points, while contributing two steals. Johnson paced the Otters’ squad with 16 points off the bench in 32 minutes played.