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January 6, 2010 > New year, same story

New year, same story

MSJ's Dickstein tops her division

By Jeff Weisinger

2010 might have brought in a new decade, let alone the beginning of a new year for all, but for the Cal State East Bay women's basketball team, it was nothing but the same old story.

The Lady Pioneers extended their losing streak to 10 games, staying winless after falling to Cal State Los Angeles, 68-59, on Sunday, Jan. 3.

"We showed a lot of fight today and looked better as a unit," said Lady Pioneer Coach Toni West.

A lot of fight still proved not enough, even though East Bay kept L.A. within a single-digit lead throughout the entire game. The Lady Pioneers also went into halftime trailing only by four points, 35-31, as West's team played solid and strong in search for their first win.

East Bay also led throughout most of the latter part of the first half, holding on to as high as a four-point lead thanks to Claudia Nelson's jumper with 3:49 left in the half as the Lady Pioneers capped off a 17-5 run. Nelson finished the night with a team high 14 points.

However, two 3-pointers by L.A.'s Jameiz Terell in the half's final three minutes sparked the Golden Eagles' 9-1 rally to end the half with the four-point lead.

The Golden Eagles would maintain their halftime lead in the second half, going up by as much as 11 points midway through the half off Jazzi Johsnon's lay-up.

But East Bay would begin to fight back, going on an 8-0 run highlighted by Natalie Montes' clutch free throw and Jasmine Smith's jumper with 4:07 left, bringing the Lady Pioneers within two.

L.A. would respond, again, with a jumper and a 3-pointer by Terrell, putting the Golden Eagles back up six. Terrell finished tied for a team high with 15 points.

East Bay (0-10, 0-5) returns to Hayward for a four-game home stand beginning on Thursday, Jan. 7, when they take on Cal State Stanislaus at 5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball: Cal State East Bay 67, Cal State L.A. 72
Although they ended the 2009 calendar year on a good note by defeating Dominican University, 54-50, on Wednesday, Dec. 30, the Pioneers have since dropped back-to-back games, the latest coming on Sunday, Jan. 3, after falling to Cal State Los Angeles, 72-67, bringing them down to 0-5 in conference play this year.

Both teams fought back and forth in the first half, trading the lead three times as both the Eagles and Pioneers looked to sustain some sort of momentum. Adam Green led the Pioneers to a 36-35 halftime lead with his 14 first-half points. He would finish the game with 19.

The battle continued to start the second half, however Chris Fields' 3-pointer with just over 16 minutes left in the second half put L.A. back up by two and the Eagles would not give up the lead, going on an 11-3 run.

Jawaan Rubin's 3-pointer, followed by Green's 3-point shot with 12:30 left brought East Bay back within four, 52-48. The Eagles would hold East Bay within four points throughout the final stretch of the second half until Frankie McWirt nailed a long-distance shot to bring the Pioneers within one, 56-55, with just over eight minutes left.

Rubin finished the game with 10 points while McWirt just had the three points on the night.

L.A. would keep the lead throughout the rest of the game and go up by as much as eight points in the game's final few minutes.

The Pioneers (3-7, 0-5) return home on Thursday, Jan. 7, to begin the first of a four-game home stand against Cal State Stanislaus at 7:30 p.m.

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