Broncos performing on the field. Excelling wherever. It's standard operating procedure. Let us talk about a few standouts!
Game Ball One:
Miquelle Askew (basketball)
The Bronco's women's basketball team is really good in a really competitive field. The Broncos are 9-2 in conference and still only third in the Mountain West. Colorado State is a gaudy 20-1 and a perfect 10-0 in the MWC. Fresno State is 13-8 overall, but a solid 9-1 in MWC play. So the Broncos just keep chipping away where they can and win where they can. Versus Utah State on February 3rd, the Broncos did exactly that with Ms. Askew's 15 points and 4 rebounds. She had a more quiet game against the Air Force Academy on February 6th with only 8 points, 5 rebounds. Course, that game was a laugher early when the Broncos jumped to a 13-0 lead and the Falcons scored their first points (a trey) over five minutes into the game. The Broncos had a whole team effort, so only one person stood out.
Speaking of only one person standing out...
Game Ball Two:
Shay Shaw (basketball)
Shay Shaw was this close to a double-double against Utah State. She had 8 points, 11 rebounds, an assist, a block, and 2 steals. She is all over the court for the Broncos and is nothing but a producer. Against the Falcons Ms. Shaw busted out with 15 points, 11 rebounds, an assist, a block, and 2 more steals (sound familiar?). That win against the Falcons has put the Broncos on an 8 game winning streak. The double-double against Air Force gives Shaw 8 out of the last 12 games. If you use Twitter, Shaw's handle is @sheballin20. That she does.
Game Ball Three:
James Webb, III (basketball)
The men's team is, well, struggling right now. And with the latest loss at Air Force (Air Force has won three Mountain West games and one of those was against the Broncos) those struggles appear to be lingering. But there still have been some good performances. Webb had one against Utah State, despite needing to depend on Utah State to miss a last-second gimme. Webb had 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals to help secure the Bronco win at Taco Bell Arena. Webb did struggle at Air Force (well, the WHOLE team struggled). But he did get 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. That's not nothing. But, unfortunately, not enough for the Broncos to come away with that win.
Game Ball Four:
Lonnie Jackson (basketball)
Jackson had a quiet night against Utah State. 6 points, 4 rebounds, and an assist. But was, really, the only effective shooter in the Air Force loss where he had 16 points, 4 rebounds, an assist, and a steal. He was also the only Bronco on the team to do anything from beyond the arc. 4-7. Which is awesome. The rest of the Broncos? 1-15. Ouch. When you live and die by the three, you kind of have to hit some of those threes to be effective. The frustrating this is, is that the Broncos could have won that game. The Falcons hit some runs that the Broncos had struggled with regaining momentum. But at no fault of Jackson's. Maybe he needs to share the secret to his success?
Game Ball Five:
Shani Remme (gymnastics)
The Broncos have been on a roll with their 6 match win-streak and reaching pretty lofty rankings in the gymnastics world. Ms. Remme won the all-around in the Broncos match against the #24 Southern Utah Thunderbirds with a score of 39.325. That marks her second all-around win on the season. The score helped the Broncos get past the Thunderbirds with a cumulative 196.250 to 195.700. The roll. The Broncos are on it!
Game Ball Six:
Chassity Love (track)
She is a Bronco that runs. And fast. On February 6th at the Jackson/NB indoor invitational she ran led the Broncos with two wins, one in the 60 meters, where she ran a 7.73 and in the 200 meters with a 24.78. The 60 meters Love beat a competitor (Laura Rombach Rau) that ran with a group called Horsecow. I am not for certain if that group is the same that Ms. Rau was representing (It has been about five years since the website has updated the roster) but it seems to fit. It is a group that has college athletes that still want to compete, just not for a school, to compete. In the 200 m, Love was able to beat her next closest competitor by almost a full second (second place had a 25.70). Zoom, zoom Ms. Love.
Broncos are making moves. Have fun trying to keep up!