Guard Eliza Dy’s agility outdid the Bronco’s inherent toughness last Friday as the Coyotes pulled a 65-57 win over Cal Poly Pomona, improving to 8-11 overall and 6-9 in the CCAA.
Dy was a threat to the Broncos offense early in the first half, reaching low to grab the ball away from CPP forward Ashley Boggs. Both teams traded baskets early in the first half with CPP up 7-6 in the first three minutes into the game.
Their slight lead was short lived as the Coyotes had a 7-2 run, capitalizing on the Broncos’ multiple turnovers.
About 20 minutes after the game, Eliza Dy stood outside Coyotes’ locker room with an ice pack pressed heavily against her knee. “We had a series of travels that shortened our run, but we pulled through,” said Dy.
Dy, recovering from ACL surgery, showed no signs of pain on the court as she finished with 11 points, eight of those at the free throw line.
Equally impressive was junior Taylor Gipson, who scored 18 points and had 5 rebounds off the bench.
The Coyotes (8-11), coming off a road loss to Cal State Dominguez Hills, were dominant in the first half, jumping out to leads of 11-7 and 25-18.They were up 27-20 at halftime.
After struggling in the first half the Broncos, who played without their top scorer Jennifer Judge, closed the gap by 4 points early in the second 29-25.
The Coyotes acted quickly to strengthen their lead, but CPP forward Ashley Boggs snapped the 6-0 CSUSB run with a three-pointer from the left corner, cutting the lead to 37-30.
After Gipson knocked down a shot to put the Coyotes’ lead at 47-36 with eight minutes to play, the Broncos used a 10-0 run to make it a one possession game. But the CPP defense failed to slow down Gipson.
Gipson demolished their chances of taking the lead, scoring her second 3-pointer of the game at the 5-minute mark and maintaining the lead to the end.
In the end, the Coyotes finished with a 65-57 win with four team members in double figures. They had 24 points in the paint, the broncos 26.
Gipson was prolific on offense and defense, averaging 18 points in her last three games. She downplayed her effort afterward, saying merely, “practice makes me get better when it comes to pressure shooting.” The triumph was most notable for the Coyotes getting to the line, scoring a season high 20 on 28 attempts. “I’m listening to the coach more,” said Gipson.
CSUSB had the largest lead by 11 points in the second half. “We’re playing better team ball,” said a terse Dy after the game. “We’re playing more of a running game.”
Taylor summed it up more succinctly, saying, “man-to-man defense contributed to our win.” The victory snapped the Coyotes’ four-game losing streak against the Broncos.
The Broncos left knowing that the Coyotes are tough