CHICO – Chico State women’s basketball coach Brian Fogel said when guard Bailey Jones got under her shot she had a really good shot. Fogel said Jones is a shooter and the shooters come in rhythm.
Entering Saturday’s game against Humboldt State, Jones recorded a career-high one-game scoring three to 3 points. She had done it twice in the 2021 season and scored 16 3-pointers in the season entering on Saturday.
In Saturday night’s home game against the Lumberjacks, Jones not only broke his own career record with 3 points in one game, but also Chico State’s one-game record for 3 points. The previous record lasted 25 years and was set by Tessa Isola against Azusa Pacific on December 5, 1996.
Jones made 10 of 18 shots over the arc in the Wildcats’ 105-96 triple overtime loss to Humboldt State. The loss came after Chico State’s last scheduled game against Humboldt State on Dec. 11 was canceled against Sonoma State due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Seawolves squad.
Jones scored his first 3 points with less than a minute and a half in the first half. She had a three in the third quarter, four in the fourth quarter, one in the first overtime, she made one. Jones gave Chico State an 86-85 lead in the first minute of second overtime when she tied the school record, and her ninth came with 1 minute and 41 seconds left.
“I didn’t do anything different in the warm-ups but felt comfortable shooting tonight,” Jones said after the game. “Whenever you are at home you are getting the best.”
Jones scored his 10th at 3 points of the game with 10 seconds left in the third overtime period.
“Thanks to the overtime,” Jones said with a laugh.
Fogel said he noticed Jones was going to have a good shooting night on his second or third shot of the game. Rather than state the number of shots the elder made, Fogel said that generally the way you can tell how a shooters night is going to go is by which ones they miss, and “his failures were relatives”.
When asked if she was tired of the triple overtime with 18 3-pointers in the game, Jones replied, “No. I told the referee we could keep doing this all night long. We can play another five minutes if we need to.
Jones’ teammate Charity Gallegos missed a triple-double rebound in Saturday’s game. Chico State freshman 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 on rebounds, said that despite being the shortest player in the Chico State roster, she feels like her height doesn’t matter.
“I’m going to chase the ball no matter what and I’ll always be the hardest player on the pitch to go,” said Gallegos.
While the near triple-double was impressive, Gallegos coach Fogel was even more impressed that the first year had only had three turnovers in 48 minutes as the Wildcats’ primary ball handler.
“She’s played basketball a lot and she’s got a really good idea of the game right now,” Fogel said. “She does a good job involving other people and she is not afraid of any time. 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 15-3. The Wildcats trailed 24-17 at the end of the first quarter and 41-36 at halftime.
Fogel said it was the Wildcats’ downfall and dug the team into a deep hole.
Humboldt State shot 9-14 (64.3%) on baskets and 6-10 (60%) on 3 points in the first quarter, but for the remainder of the game shot only 42% on baskets and 27% on 3 points. .
“They shot the ball extremely well at the start and we didn’t shoot the ball well at the start,” said Fogel.
Fogel said after reducing the lead to seven points at the end of the first quarter, his team are back in the game.
“I knew they weren’t going to keep shooting as well. but we’ve been doing it for a few games now, ”Fogel said. “We dug a huge hole for ourselves. It’s been 5 minutes when we have 2 points, a basket. If you play 5 minutes and score a basket, that makes it really tough. That was the difference in the game. If you take that last extra time away, we ended up outperforming them by 19 from that point on. “
In the first overtime period, Humboldt State’s Ashley Peralta lay-up to tie the score at 80-80 with 15 seconds left. Morgan Mathis scored 3 points to give the Wildcats an 83-80 lead with six seconds left, but Humboldt State’s Julia Iman responded with a 3-point deep with two seconds to extend the game and double overtime.
Iman finished the game with a record 33 points for Humboldt and Peralta scored 22.
In the second overtime, Peralta gave the Lumberjacks a two-point lead to open the period after a steal, but Jones scored three points to give the Wildcats the lead. Sharon Roldan gave Humboldt a 91-88 lead with 2:03 remaining, but Jones scored his ninth 3-point run with 1:41 remaining.
In the last overtime period the game was tied at 93-93 after the first minute, but after Gallegos stoppage with 4:13 remaining in the third overtime period, Chico State went scoreless for almost four minutes until Jones made his 10th 3- pointer of the game with 10 seconds to play.
It was too little too late as the Wildcats fell 104-93 behind Jones’ shot.
Chico State (4-5, 2-3 California Collegiate Athletic Association) will next play at 1 p.m. on Jan. 2 at home against Stanislaus State.
Men’s college basketball
The Chico State men beat Humboldt State 86-60 after the women’s game on Saturday at Acker Gym. Chico State led 48-20 at halftime and held onto the win.
Malik Duffy led the Wildcats with 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 rebounds. Bryce Mitchell had 16 for the Lumberjacks.
Chico State (9-0, 5-0 CCAA) will next play at 3 p.m. Jan. 2 at home against Stanislaus State when the Wildcats look to tie the best start in Chico State men’s basketball history with 10 straight wins. The record for 10 consecutive victories dates back to the 1942-43 season.