The Chico State Wildcats won 55-23 over the Humboldt State Lumberjacks in their second league game, Sunday Jan. 27.
Chico takes their second win on the road after a hard fought match against Humboldt. With a strong lineup, Chico dominated play during the first half to secure their lead. Continuing the pace set by their season opener, Chico played hard to pull another win this season.
Wing Deyci Lopez started the match with five points on the board after scoring her first try of the season. Humboldt followed up with a try and conversion, but rookie fullback Myranda Gradney scored for the first time this season putting the Wildcats ahead by five points. As the half continued, inside centre Hannah Westfall scored once, as well as Lopez and wing Trisha Rodriguez.
Starting the second half ahead 31-12, prop Avery Martin took a try for the forwards, helping Chico maintain control of play. Gradney went on to score three more times this half, with forwards captain Becky Luedke switching in for conversion kicks during the last try of the game. Chico won the match 55-23 full time, sealing in their second win of the season.
The Chico State Women’s Rugby Club will play the UC Davis Women’s Rugby Club in their next league match Saturday Feb. 2. This will be Chico’s third game away this season, as last season’s national championship team takes on the former reigning champions.