LA JOLLA, Calif. - Reyana Colson scored
a game-high 25 points, including 15 in the second half to lead the Broncos back
from nine down, as Cal Poly Pomona defeated UC San Diego, 82-75, in a
back-and-forth battle on Saturday evening at RIMAC Arena.
The Tritons held a
55-46 lead with 13:41 remaining in the second half, but the Broncos answered
with a crushing 28-9 run over the next nine and a half minutes to send UCSD to its
second consecutive loss.
Cal Poly Pomona
improves to 13-2 overall and 10-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic
Association, keeping pace first place Cal State Monterey Bay. The Broncos have
won their previous six games.
UCSD, which saw a
six-game winning streak of its own come to an end with a 60-58 setback against
Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday, falls to 10-9 overall and 8-4 in the
CCAA. The Tritons have not lost two straight since dropping their first
five to open the season.
Colson, the CCAA's
scoring leader, was just 6-of-21 from the field, but sank 3-of-7 three-point
shots and got to the free throw line 13 times, converting 10. She also finished
with four rebounds and dished out a game-high eight assists. Sarah Semenero
added 14 points for the Broncos, while La'kenya Simon West put in 13 and
Charlene Popoff chipped in with 10.
was dominant in the post for UCSD, finishing with 20 points and 10 boards for
her third double-double of the season. She was 9-of-17 from the floor, scoring
in double figures for the third time in five games.
tallied 14 points, four rebounds and five assists for the Tritons, while Megan Perry and Erin Dautremont scored 10 points apiece.
out-shot CPP 44% to 43% for the game, but the Broncos were plus-four at the
free throw line and made three more threes than the Tritons. Pomona finished
10-of-18 from the arc, 56%. Both teams corralled 28 rebounds.
Leading by just one a
halftime, the Tritons opened the second half with a 12-4 run to lead by nine at
53-44 with just over 15 minutes remaining. Emily Osga drained a three and
Carlisle scored in transition to cap off the spurt.
The Broncos would
respond though, cutting the deficit to just four at 57-53 following a triple by
Rosslyn Beard with 11:34 left. Dautremont hit two free throws to put UCSD back
in front by seven (64-57) two minutes later, but the Tritons went ice cold at
that point and were held scoreless over the next five minutes.
Pomona capitalized on
UCSD's freeze, scoring 17 straight points to turn a seven-point deficit into a
74-64 lead with 5:13 remaining.
The Tritons were able
to trim the deficit to just four at 79-75 with 46 seconds left, but it was too
little too, too late as UCSD came up empty on its final three trips and CPP
hit three free throws to seal the win.
UCSD trailed by as
many as eight early in the first half, but rallied back to take a 41-32 lead on
a three-point play by Erin Grady with just over two minutes remaining in the
period. Pomona scored the final eight points of the half, however, with Colson draining
a triple to bring the Broncos to within a point at 41-40 heading into the
The Tritons shot 47%
over the first 20 minutes, while the Broncos connected on 7-of-11 first half
threes to stay close. When it was all said
and done, the game featured seven lead changes and four ties.
UCSD will now try
to put an end to its two-game funk on the road, as the Tritons will travel to Sonoma
State and Humboldt State next week.