The Chico State men’s basketball team rallied to beat Stanislaus State on Sunday afternoon 61-55, to remain unbeaten on the year and tie a school record for wins to start a season.
The 10-0 Wildcats (6-0 in California Collegiate Athletic Association action) are now just the second Wildcat team to start a season with 10 consecutive wins. The last time the Wildcats completed the feat was during World War II as the 1942-43 Wildcats set the mark.
Chico State also set a school record with its 11th straight regular-season CCAA victory.
Isaiah Brooks scored 13 points in the game while Malik Duffy pitched in 12 points. Duffy added 11 rebounds to complete his double-double.
The Wildcats entered the game one of five unbeaten teams in NCAA Division II and ranked No. 4 in the nation by D2SIDA and No. 5 by the NABC—both the highest they have ever climbed in those respective polls. Their average margin of victory in the previous five conference wins was 18.6.
The Wildcats will hit the road later this week, facing Cal State East Bay Thursday night at 7:30 and Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday afternoon at 3. Dominguez Hills recently announced that no fans will be allowed in the facility for Saturday’s matchup.
Wildcat women overcome COVID protocols beat Stanislaus, 67-58
Despite missing three players including starting point guard Charity Gallegos, the Chico State women’s basketball team rallied to beat Stanislaus State, 67-58 on Sunday afternoon.
In addition to Gallegos, the Wildcats were missing Myli Martinez and Mikaela Bismillah due to COVID protocols, yet they overcame the challenge and defeated the visitors.
Chico State did most of their damage from behind the three-point line, nailing 14 of their 19 shots from behind the arc. Chico State was sensational in the fourth quarter outscoring the Warriors, 25-9.
Sunday’s victory evened Chico State’s season record at 5-5, and moved the Wildcats to 2-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Stanislaus State fell to 10-2 overall while suffering its first conference loss, slipping to 5-1 in CCAA play.
India Starr and Morgan Mathis led the way for Chico State. Starr had 15 points while Mathis pitched in with 11. Haley Ison buried three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Bailey Jones also climbed into double figures with 11 points on the strength of three 3-pointers,
Makenzi Laporte cleaned up on the boards with 15 rebounds and delivered six assists — both were career highs.
Chico State hits the road this coming week for a pair of CCAA contests. Thursday the Wildcats will be in Hayward to take on Cal State East Bay at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. Saturday matinee in Southern California against Cal State Dominguez Hills.