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December 30, 2009 > East Bay falls into Emporia State of mind

East Bay falls into Emporia State of mind

By Jeff Weisinger

A win against Emporia State would've been the best early Christmas present the Cal State East Bay women's basketball team could've received, however number-9 Emporia State had other thoughts in mind in the Lady Hornets' 100-61 win over the Lady Pioneers on Monday, Dec. 21.

Even though three of the Lady Pioneers hit double-digit points for the second game in a row, East Bay could not overcome a second half that saw them shoot just 25 percent from the floor.

Andrea Rodriguez led the way with 16 points for East Bay on the night, with Caludia Nelson scoring 12 and Lauren Lucchesi dropping in 10 points.

"We're moving forward and becoming more disciplined," Lady Pioneers Coach Toni West said. "We're gaining an understanding of our defense and we had a lot of people step up and do more tonight."

Nelson opened the scoring with her two-pointer off a steal from Rodriguez in the game's opening minute, giving East Bay the initial two-point lead.

But once Emporia State's Brittney Miller tied the game at two with her jumper seconds after Nelson's score, the Lady Hornets took complete charge, going on a 10-2 run shortly after and would end the first half with a 58-39 lead.

The Lady Pioneers followed a first half where they shot a mere 37.9 percent, by going just 9-36 from the court in the second half, where they were outscored 42-22.

East Bay (0-8) will continue their hunt for their first win when they travel to Carson to take on Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday, Jan. 2.

Chabot College 61, Butte College 47
The Chabot College women's basketball team ended their two-game losing streak on Wednesday, Dec. 23, in their 61-47 win over Butte College.

Chabot (7-4) starts conference play on January 8 when they host Skyline College.
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