Cal Poly women coast to 23-point win

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The downside? Cal Poly even after allowing a season-low 38 points turned the ball over 24 times and missed 15 of its 29 foul shots in another inconsistent game that served as a microcosm of the Broncos’ entire season: Cal Poly had answered a program-worst defeat to Western Washington with a victory over then-No. 19 Minnesota Duluth. Then two wins in a row were followed by two consecutive losses including a new program-worst defeat to Bakersfield before the victory over the Warriors (5-8, 1-5) on Saturday. “I thought we made progress this week,” said Thomas, whose team had chances to knock off No. 12 Chico State in Friday’s 66-60 loss. “I’m not into moral victories. I would never say that. But we played harder (against Chico State). We played with more energy. We played with more effort. Then we came out tonight and played pretty good in stretches.” Those stretches were good enough for a 23-point win because the Warriors played worse all night. Too many steps and too many errant passes played a prominent role in 29 turnovers for Cal State Stanislaus and the Warriors (5-8, 1-5) could not capitalize on 14 steals because they couldn’t hit shots. What the Warriors did in the first half alone was enough to lose the game. They shot 25 percent from the field (5-of-20) and committed 18 turnovers in gift-wrapping a 16-1 run that helped Cal Poly take a 36-16 halftime lead. Carelessness with the ball and poor free-throw shooting a night after sinking 21-of-24 from the foul line kept Cal Poly from making it a complete blowout. The Broncos, though, focused on the win and the positives afterward. “I think we’re improving,” Blevins said. “We have nowhere to go but up.” NOTE: Ashley Moody, injured in last week’s loss to Cal State Bakersfield, had an MRI on her knee before Saturday’s game. Results likely won’t be known until Wednesday, Thomas said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The good teams become great when they bury the competition that is not at their level, and that’s what (Cal State) Bakersfield did to us (last week),” Thomas said. “Tonight, I said that we have to extend the lead at halftime. I said it after the first timeout. Then I didn’t say it again. This team is not ready for that.” DeJa Blevins scored a game-high 16 points, Shanika Perkins added 11 and the Broncos (6-7 overall) coasted to a win that evened their record to 3-3 in California Collegiate Athletic Association action. center_img POMONA — Three years ago Paul Thomas would have watched the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors trip over their feet, throw passes out of bounds and miss shot after shot. And Cal Poly Pomona’s one-time National Coach of the Year would have implored his team to step on the gas pedal. On Saturday, with the Broncos trying to find their way through a transitional year, Thomas let his women’s team coast in neutral, routing Stanislaus 61-38 at Kellogg Gym. last_img

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