Blevins comes off bench to lead Broncos

first_img “I think she just took really good shots tonight,” said Thomas, whose team plays host to No. 23 Cal State Bakersfield at 5:30 tonight. “There was no doubt what we were going to do in the first half. We were going to go to her each and every time if we had to.” Going to Blevins from the get-go hasn’t become an every-game occurrence yet. She scored a season-best 26 points in an overtime loss to Grand Canyon on Dec. 9, but has started just three of Cal Poly’s 10 games and is averaging just 21.4 minutes per contest. More time for Blevins will come with more work during the week, Thomas said, and Blevins agreed. “I have to play hard every day,” Blevins said. “I’m working on it. I’m almost there. I just need to take one more step.” Last week Blevins keyed a comeback with 12 of her 14 points coming during a 19-4 run that helped Cal Poly take the game away from Minnesota Duluth. On Friday, with her team trailing because of sloppy ballhandling, Blevins entered the game eight minutes into the first half and turned the tide again. She beat her defenders off the dribble, jumped passing lanes for steals and stepped back and hit long-range jumpers for 10 points during a 12-0 run that helped Cal Poly take a 20-11 lead. She finished the period with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting and Cal Poly, with its defense forcing 12 first-half turnovers, owned a 31-22 lead at the half that held up even after Cal State L.A. closed to within four points in the second half. Alexis Wilson finished with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, Shanika Perkins connected on three three-pointers on an 11-point night and Ashley Moody turned in 11 points. CAL STATE LOS ANGELES (51) Brittany Henderson 1-6 7-17 9, Charmaine Utz 3-7 3-5 9, Shayna Stanley 7-14 0-0 14, Monique Diaz 2-3 1-1 2, Monica Tokoro 3-7 0-0 6, Amber Fouse 1-3 0-0 3, Staci Mitchell 0-0 0-1 0, Amber Todd 1-4 0-0 1, Claudia Rodriguez 0-0 0-0 0, Tiffaney Maddox 1-7 1-1 2. Totals 19-51 12-22 51. CAL POLY POMONA (67) Porsche Kirksey 1-1 1-4 4, Ally Smith 1-5 0-0 2, Alexis Wilson 6-8 2-2 14, Ashley Moody 4-13 3-4 11, Shanika Perkins 3-5 2-2 11, DeJa Blevins 10-16 3-5 23, Unique Anderson 1-5 1-3 3, Lauren Kitaguchi 0-0 0-0 0, Khiara Ferguson 0-0 0-0 0, Rachel Gatdula 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-53 12-20 68. Cal State 22 29 – 51 Cal Poly 31 36 – 67 Three-point goals: CSLA 1-9 (Fouse 1-2, Henderson 0-1, Stanley 0-1, Tokoro 0-1, Todd 0-2, Maddox 0-2), Cal Poly 3-5 (Perkins 3-4, Moody 0-1).Team fouls: CSLA 19, Cal Poly 16. Rebounds: CSLA 34 (Henderson 7), Cal Poly 36 (Kirksey 7). Assists: CSLA 11 (Utz, Tokoro 4), Cal Poly 12 (Wilson, Moody 3). Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none. A 312. 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 Two weeks ago, progress and happiness were scarce on the Broncos’ bench. Cal Poly had lost four games in a row, three of those coming to traditionally strong programs, and appeared to hit rock bottom during a school-worst 42-point loss to Western Washington on Dec. 21. But Cal Poly ended that skid with a 71-64 victory over No. 19 Minnesota Duluth last week, a victory that snapped a 12-game winning streak for the Bulldogs, and then came back with a double-figures win over a Cal State L.A. team (8-2, 2-1) that had only lost to Division I Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo). Both wins saw plenty of defense and a lot of Blevins off the bench. On Friday, Cal State L.A. turned the ball over 22 times and shot 37.3 (19-of-51) from the field in scoring 51 points, the lowest total for a Bronco opponent this year. Blevins connected on 10-of-16 from the field a week after coming off the bench for 14 points against Minnesota Duluth. POMONA — DeJa Blevins didn’t transfer to Cal Poly Pomona to come off the bench. But the Division I bounceback is turning heads anyway. center_img Blevins, a transfer from Long Beach State, scored a game-high 23 points in relief, the Broncos turned in their best defensive effort of the season and Cal Poly won its second game in a row, a 67-51 decision over Cal State Los Angeles on Friday at Kellogg Gym. The win evened the Broncos’ record at 5-5 after an up-and-down start to the season. “That’s a good game for us,” said Cal Poly head coach Paul Thomas, whose team improved to 2-1 in California Collegiate Athletic Association action. “We’re making progress. … I’m happy about that.” last_img

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