Cal Poly women no match for CSB

first_imgPOMONA – Paul Thomas didn’t want his Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team to forget the 42-point spanking that No. 9 Western Washington delivered it last month. But he certainly didn’t want his players to relive it. It was, of course, also the 25 percent field-goal percentage (13-for-52) that Cal Poly registered, a number that rivaled the 22 percent the Broncos shot in the earlier lopsided loss to Western Washington. Ally Smith scored 11 points Saturday, and Ashley Moody turned in nine before leaving the game late with a knee injury. But the Broncos got just seven points out of DeJa Blevins a night after she scored 23 in a 67-51 win over Cal State Los Angeles. Cal State Bakersfield registered 23 assists and hit on 7-of-9 shots from beyond the arc, with Apple Valley High graduate Katie McElree turning in a game-high 18 points and Gillian Lillich 15, while Rhonda Johnson and Jessie Loring added 14 and 10 respectively. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Thomas’ remarks, in a nutshell, sum up a roller-coaster start to the 2005-2006 campaign. Cal Poly (5-6, 2-2) jumped to a 2-0 start, stumbled mightily during a four-game losing streak and then looked to have regrouped during victories over No. 20 Minnesota-Duluth last week and Cal State Los Angeles on Friday. Both games, with the Broncos switching to a match-up zone defense, saw Cal Poly register season-lows in points allowed. But Cal State Bakersfield (10-1, 3-1) shot 54.7 percent from the field (35-64), milked 25 Cal Poly turnovers for all they were worth and turned a 38-24 halftime lead into its second largest margin of victory this season. “We had stupid turnovers and they got easy layups; that’s how that happens,” said Thomas, whose team next hosts No. 12 Chico State (9-2, 3-1). “I’m not a very good coach right now. … That’s my responsibility. The team shouldn’t shoulder the responsibility in a loss like that. That’s the coach’s.” center_img Cal Poly Pomona abandoned all intensity on defense, gave away turnovers and layups and set a new low for the program during a 90-47 loss to No. 23 Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday at Kellogg Gym. “It’s another loss that they aren’t going to forget,” Thomas said of a 43-point defeat that one-upped the program’s previous largest loss, set on Dec. 21. “The thing I will say is this: It didn’t surprise me that Bakersfield did that. They are certainly capable of playing like that, and we are certainly capable of allowing them to do that to us.” last_img

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