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Chico State Women continue roll...Men stage comeback in Sonoma


 

CHICO STATE'S JAZMINE MILLER SCORED ALL 16 OF HER POINTS IN THE SECOND HALF OF A 54-53 WIN AGAINST THE SAN FRANCISCO STATE GATORS ON FRIDAY NIGHT. CHICO IS HOME FOR FOUR STARTING THIS FRIDAY NIGHT. (photo courtesy of Chico State Athletics)

 

The Chico State women's basketball team continues their amazing run through the CCAA. The Wildcat women posted victories over SF State and Sonoma State this past weekend to move to 18-2 overall and 14-2 in the CCAA.

The win on Friday was a nail-biter as the Cats committed 13 first-half turnovers against the Gators and trailed 30-22 at the break.

 

The Cats would bolt out of the blocks in the second half with a 12-0 run to grab control of the game. Jazmine Miller scored all 16 of her points in the second half, including this three-pointers to tie the score.....

 

 

The game would be a see-saw struggle in the waning moments but Chico State's defense would prove to be the difference. Monnie Davidson-Mays would come up with two big defensive plays, including this one to give Chico State a 54-50 lead......

 

 

In the final sequence the Cats would force a Gator miss and the Wildcats would scrape by with a 54-53 win at The Swamp in San Francisco.

 

 

The women would have a much easier time on Saturday night as a stifling defense caused havoc on the perimeter forcing Sonoma State into tough shots. Turnovers would help Chico extend their lead on the Seawolves as the Wildcats would in it going away 66-48. The Chico State women get ready to host San Bernardino and UC San Diego this weekend at Acker Gym. Earliers this season the Tritons of UCSD dealt the Cats one of their two losses on the season. Both women's games start at 5:30 on Friday and Saturday on Newstalk 1290 KPAY. You can hear the games online at kpay.com.

 

 

WHEN HIS TEAM NEEDED HIM, CHICO STATE'S DAMARIO SIMS ROSE TO THE OCCASION SCORING 15 OF HIS 17 POINTS IN A DECISIVE SECOND HALF AS THE WILDCATS GET A MUCH NEEDED ROAD WIN IN SONOMA...

(photo courtesy of Chico State Athletics)

 

"Must-win game" is an over-used expression, but the Chico State Wildcat men were in as close to a must-win situation as a team can be. After dropping a nail-biter to San Francisco State on Friday night 63-59, the Cats needed to rescue the weekend and taste victory on the road as they traveled to rival Sonoma State on Saturday.

 

The Cats run of near-misses on the road reached the agonizing stage on Friday as the Cats battled back from a 10-point deficit to grab a lead against the Gators. This Jordan Semple steal and assist would get Chico a little bit closer in the second half....

 

 

The Wildcats were down four when starting center Jason Conrad would chip in with a follow-up slam to get Chico State within one....

 

 

The Wildcats were looking for a defensive stop with under :15 seconds left but this Gator prayer was answered sealing the Wildcats fate....

 

 

Going into the Sonoma State game on Saturday the Cats were a woeful 1-6 on the road during this five week road trip. It didn't look good early as Sonoma would dart out to an early lead as the nearly 1900 fans in attendance would love the work put in by junior center Justin Herold.....

 

 

The Chico State Wildcats were somehow in the game despite going cold from the perimeter. After missing 13 of their first 14 three-pointers the Cats would turn to Amir Carraway who got a good look with the Cats down five....

 

 

With the intensity of the game ratcheted up a few notches the Wildcats would get great contributions from point guard Mike Rosaroso. He was a general defensive nuisance for much of the night, but he also hit this big shot to get the Wildcats even at 42....

 

 

The Wildcats would still trail by two, but Damario Sims would change that as he hit the first of two-threes on back-to-back trips down the court giving the Wildcats a 48-47 lead....

 

 

With the Cats clinging to a two-point lead the Wildcats would get this big bucket by Carraway to go up 58-54 late in the second half....

 

 

With just over two minutes left Damario Sims would put the finishing touches on an amazing second half hitting this runner off the window giving Chico State a 62-56 lead....

 

 

With the win the Wildcats moved to 11-9 overall and 8-8 in the CCAA. The Cats are in a tie for fifth place and sit only one game out of coveted fourth spot in the conference standdings. Chico plays host to UC San Diego and Cal State San Beranardino this weekend with both games starting at 7:30 at Acker Gym. You can hear both games on Newstalk 1290 KPAY. You can also hear the games on KPAY.com.

 

CHICO STATE'S TROY NEIMAN (PICTURED) ALONG WITH CHRIS RODRIGUEZ COMBINED ON A SEVEN INNING NO-HITTER AGAINST THE ACADEMY OF ART ON SATURDAY AS THE WILDCATS SWEEP THEIR SEASON OPENING FOUR GAME SET IN THE BAY AREA (photo courtesy of Chico State Athletics)

 

The 9th-ranked Chico State Baseball team swept their season opening four-game set against Academy of the Art. The weekend was highlighted by a combined seven-inning no hitter on Saturday thrown by Troy Neiman and Chris Rodriguez. The Wildcats won the series finale on Sunday 8-3 and now get ready to head to Carson for their conference opening series against Dominguez Hills. You can hear those games on 101.7 FM and AM 1340 Fox Sports Chico beginning at 11:45am on Friday afternoon. You can hear the games online at Foxsportschico.com

 

The Chico State Softball team also opens up their season this weekend as they head to Carson as well to take on the Dominguez Hills Toros. Chico State comes in at 2-3 and will play double-headers on both Friday and Saturday with the contests beginning at 11am.

 

 

 


 



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