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Sanders-Curry nets career game, leads Warrior women over Chico

POSTED December 23, 2014 11:50 a.m.

Cassidy Sanders-Curry had a career night with 30 points as the Warriors survived a Chico State buzzer-beater attempt with an exciting 72-71 win Saturday night at Acker Gym.

Chico State's Brooke Bowen's 8-foot jumper as time expired rimmed out to give Cal State Stanislaus the revenge-win to gain a split in the season series. Last week, Chico State beat the Warriors 85-79 at Fitzpatrick Arena with a solid night on the free throw night.

The Warriors improved to 3-5 overall and picked up their first conference win in four tries to beat the Wildcats in Chico for the second consecutive year.

Sanders-Curry provided most of the offensive highlights for Stanislaus as the sophomore forward scored nearly half of the team's points in the first half en route to the big night. Sanders-Curry had 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting in the opening half alone as the Warriors led 35-33 at the break.

The standout from San Jose would end up 11 for 17 for the game for her career night. She also made 7 of 9 free throw attempts with one three-pointer and pulled five rebounds. Defensively, she was also atop of her game with four blocked shots and four steals.

Jasmine Washington scored 10 points with five rebounds and Riley Holladay netted eight points with five rebounds.

Hannah Womack led Chico State (4-4, 1-3 CCAA) with 23 points and Whitney Branham had 18 points. Bowen finished with 17 points as the trio accounted for 58 of the team's 71 points.

The Warriors jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the game's first two minutes with Sanders-Curry nailing her only three-pointer to start the game.

Chico State ended up leading by seven with 5:05 to play in the first half but a 13-5 Stanislaus run closed out the half.

Stanislaus led by as many as 12 points halfway into the second half but the Wildcats rallied back late in the game. Consecutive three-pointers by Womack in the final minutes set-up the final play that gave Chico the control of the ball under the Stanislaus basket with 5.5 seconds left. Womack took in the inbounds pass and passed up-court to Ashtyn Anderson, who set-up Bowen for the 8-foot potential game-winner.

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