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Dixie State basketball: Trailblazers drop 65-55 decision at Chico State on Saturday

The Dixie State women’s basketball team dropped a 65-55 decision to Chico State on Saturday in Chico, California.

The Trailblazers (0-4) fell behind early in the first quarter after consecutive Chico State 3-point plays. DSU responded with an 11-4 run to take an 11-10 lead after redshirt sophomore guard Tramina Jordan and freshman guard Ali Franks each connected on 3-pointers. Franks later canned a jumper as time expired in the first quarter to tie the score at 16-16 after one period.

The Wildcats used a 9-2 run midway through the second quarter to take a 34-25 lead. Dixie State pulled to within 36-30 later in the quarter when junior forward Shelby Kassuba hit a 3-pointer, but CSUC answered with a layup on the next possession to take a 38-30 lead at halftime.

DSU scored just 10 points in the third quarter, highlighted by freshman guard Jaden Gonzales connecting on her first collegiate 3-pointer, and CSUC took a 53-40 lead after three quarters.

The Wildcats stretched the lead to a game-high 16 points at 58-42 in the fourth quarter. Dixie State responded with a 5-0 spurt, capped by a 3-pointer by freshman guard Kili Franks, to cut the lead to 58-47 with 6:08 to play. The teams then traded baskets for the remainder of the period as CSUC clinched the victory.

Dixie State shot 37 percent (21-of-56) from the field, 36 percent (8-of-22) from beyond the arc and 62 percent (5-of-8) from the free-throw line. Junior guard Matti Ventling, junior center Ashlee Burge and Jordan each finished with 10 points, while Ali Franks and Kassuba added nine points each.

The Trailblazers return to the Burns Arena for a Monday matchup with Cal State East Bay at 5 p.m. The Pioneers enter Monday’s game with a 1-2 record, opening the season with a win over Saint Martin’s, followed by losses to Western Oregon and Menlo College.

Keric Seegmiller is Assistant Coordinator of Media Relations at Dixie State University and the Voice of Trailblazer Athletics. Contact him at keric.seegmiller@dixie.edu.