CHICO — Chico State women’s basketball coach Brian Fogel said when guard Bailey Jones gets her feet right under her shot she has a very good stroke. Fogel said Jones is a shooter and shooters get into rhythms.
Entering Saturday’s game against Humboldt State, Jones had a single-game career-high of three 3-pointers. She had done that twice in the 2021 season and made 16 3-pointers on the season entering Saturday.
In Saturday night’s home game against the Lumberjacks, Jones broke not just her own career-high in 3-pointers in a single game, but also the Chico State single-game record for 3-pointers. The previous record stood for 25 years and was set by Tessa Isola against Azusa Pacific on December 5, 1996.
Jones made 10-of-18 shots from beyond the arc in the Wildcats’ 105-96 loss in triple overtime to Humboldt State. The loss came after Chico State’s last scheduled game against Humboldt State on Dec. 11 against Sonoma State was canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the Seawolves’ team.
Jones made her first 3-pointer with under a minute and a half in the first half. She made one three in the third quarter, four in the fourth quarter, one in the first overtime period she made one. Jones gave Chico State an 86-85 lead in the first minute of the second overtime period when she tied the school record, and her ninth came with 1 minute and 41 seconds to play.
“I didn’t do anything different in warmups, but I felt comfortable shooting it tonight,” Jones said after the game. “Whenever you’re at home you shoot the best.”
Jones made her 10th 3-pointer of the game with 10 seconds left in the third overtime period.
“Shoutout to overtime,” Jones said with a laugh.
Fogel said he noticed Jones was going to have a good night shooting on her second or third shot of the game. Rather than pointing to the number of made shots the senior had, Fogel said usually how you can tell about how a shooter’s night is going to go is by the ones that they miss, and “her misses were close.”
When asked if she got tired into the triple-overtime putting up 18 3-pointers in the game, Jones said, “Nope. I told the ref we can continue doing this all night. We can play another five minutes if we have to.”
Jones’ teammate Charity Gallegos came one rebound short of a triple-double in the game Saturday. Chico State’s freshman guard Gallegos finished with 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in 48 minutes. Gallegos had five offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds.
Gallegos, who led the Wildcats in rebounds, said despite being the shortest player on Chico State’s roster she feels like her height doesn’t matter.
“I’m going to go after the ball no matter what and I’m always going to be the hardest player on the court to go for it,” Gallegos said.
While the near triple-double was impressive, Gallegos’ coach Fogel was even more impressed with the fact that the freshman had just three turnovers in 48 minutes as the Wildcats’ primary ball handler.
“She’s played a lot of basketball and she has a really great feel for the game right now,” Fogel said. “She does a good job involving other people and she’s not afraid of any moment. No moment is too big for her.”
Chico State fell behind early. The Wildcats trailed 21-2 after the first five minutes of the game but finished the first quarter on a 15-3 run. The Wildcats trailed 24-17 at the end of the first quarter and 41-36 at halftime.
Fogel said that was the Wildcats’ downfall and dug the team into a deep hole.
Humboldt State shot 9-14 (64.3%) on field goals and 6-10 (60%) on 3-pointers in the opening quarter but for the remainder of the game shot just 42% on field goals and 27% on 3-pointers.
“They shot the ball extremely well in the beginning and we didn’t shoot the ball well in the beginning,” Fogel said.
Fogel said after cutting the lead to seven points at the end of the first quarter his team was back in the game.
“I knew they weren’t going to continue to shoot that well. but we’ve done that now for a couple of games now,” Fogel said. “We dug ourselves a huge hole. That’s 5 minutes when we have 2 points, one basket. If you play 5 minutes and score one basket it makes it really difficult. That was the difference in the game. If you take away that last overtime we ended up outscoring them by 19 from that point on.”
In the first overtime period, Humboldt State’s Ashley Peralta made a layup to tie the game at 80-80 with 15 seconds to play. Morgan Mathis made a 3-pointer to put the Wildcats up 83-80 with six seconds to play, but Humboldt State’s Julia Iman responded with a deep 3-pointer with two seconds to extend the game to double overtime.
Iman finished the game with a team-high 33 points for Humboldt and Peralta scored 22.
In the second overtime period, Peralta gave the Lumberjacks a two-point lead to open the period after a steal, but Jones made a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats the lead. Sharon Roldan gave Humboldt a 91-88 lead with 2:03 to play, but Jones made her ninth 3-pointer with 1:41 left.
In the final overtime period, the game was tied at 93-93 after the first minute, but after Gallegos’ layup with 4:13 left in the third overtime period, Chico State went scoreless for nearly four minutes until Jones made her 10th 3-pointer of the game with 10 seconds to play.
It was too little too late as the Wildcats fell behind 104-93 before Jones’ shot.
Chico State (4-5, 2-3 California Collegiate Athletic Association) plays next at 1 p.m. Jan. 2 at home against Stanislaus State.
College men’s basketball
The Chico State men defeated Humboldt State 86-60 following the women’s game on Saturday at Acker Gym. Chico State led 48-20 at halftime and held on to the victory.
Malik Duffy led the Wildcats in scoring 22 points including four 3-pointers. Joshua Hamilton scored 19 points for Chico State, Kevin Warren scored 14 points and Isaiah Brooks added 10 points. Kelvin Wright led the Wildcats in rebounds with eight. Bryce Mitchell had 16 for the Lumberjacks.
Chico State (9-0, 5-0 CCAA) plays next at 3 p.m. Jan. 2 at home against Stanislaus State when the Wildcats will attempt to tie the best start in Chico State men’s basketball history of 10 straight victories. The record of 10 straight wins dates back to the 1942-43 season.