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January 13, 2010 > "0"-no: Chico claws East Bay down

"0"-no: Chico claws East Bay down

By Jeff Weisinger

Chico State did to Cal State East Bay what everyone else has done so far to the Lady Pioneers' basketball team this season on Saturday night: beat them.

The Wildcats ended their two-game skid by defeating the winless Cal State East Bay women's basketball team, 78-60, in Hayward.

"I feel we did a decent job of containing Chico State's post play tonight," Lady Pioneers Coach Toni West said after the game.

A decent job wasn't what East Bay needed, especially after coming off a 93-64 loss to Cal State Stanislaus two nights prior, despite shooting a solid 42 percent from the court.

The Lady Pioneers went up against a potent 'Cats offense that led throughout the entire game and has averaged nearly 70 points per game in six of their seven wins on the season. East Bay has only broke the 70-point mark once this season, a 86-71 loss to Cal State Dominguez Hills back on January 2.

East Bay simply came out flat against Chico, shooting a mere 25.7 percent from the floor allowing the 'Cats to jump out to a 19-4 lead in the first six minutes of the game, despite keeping the game scoreless for the first three minutes.

However East Bay would fight back, going on a 10-1 run later on in the first half, coming back as close as eight points, 28-20, with 6:13 left in the half.

But defensive mistakes and clutch shooting by the 'Cats offense, sparked by Melissa Richardson's 3-pointer and jumper, ignited an 18-7 run for Chico to end the half.

East Bay could never recover from a 19-point halftime deficit, despite clutch shots from Natalie Montes and Andrea Rodriguez that brought East Bay with nine early in the second half, marking just the second time since the 6:13 mark in the first half that the Lady Pioneers trailed by single digits.

Montes finished the night with 12 points while Rodriguez, who's averaging 10.1 points per game, finished with just six, all of which came in the beginning of the second half.

Chico would go up as much as 24 points in the second half on their way to their 78-60 win.

East Bay (0-12, 0-7) will continue their hunt for that elusive first win, and try to avoid a winless season, when they take on the San Francisco State Gators on Thursday, Jan. 14. The Gators have just one win in their past five games.


Men's Basketball: East Bay 53, Chico State 68

The struggles continued for the East Bay Pioneers on Saturday night, Jan. 9, as they fell to Chico State, 68-53, giving them their fourth-straight loss since defeating Dominican University back on December 30.

The Pioneers took the early 6-2 lead to start the game off jumpers by Jawaan Rubin, Frankie McWirt and Demitrius Owens, but the Wildcats found a way to answer, tying the game at 6-all from jumpers by Jon Baird and Roderick Hawkins.

Baird would go on to have a stellar night, dropping 25 points on the Pioneers as his counterpart Owens totaled 13 points.

East Bay and Chico would battle back and forth throughout the game's first seven minutes, leading up to a 13-13 tie at the 13:43 mark in the first half, but a 3-pointer by Baird broke the 13-all tie, giving Chico the lead which they would keep for the rest of the half.

East Bay kept it close after going into half down by just four, 31-27, coming within two points to start the second half thanks to a jumper by Mark Samuels then, once again, tying the game at 36 with 14:26 left in the second half.

But Baird broke the tie once again and sparked a 12-2 rally, giving Chico State the cushion they needed to put the Pioneers away.

East Bay (3-9, 0-7) will host San Francisco State on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m., looking to end their current four-game losing streak.


Swimming

The Cal State East Bay swimming team rang in the new year by placing fourth in the Cal Lutheran Memorial tournament on January 2.

Jill Lothian finished fourth in the 50-yard freestyle, clocking a time of 25.78, while Melissa Grottkau placed sixth in both the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard IM. Christine Gee also placed sixth in the 100-yard backstroke.

The relay team of Sarah Hurtubise, Lothian, Sami Hernandez and Olina Wibroe-Benson placed sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:01.12. The Pioneers will travel to Colorado Springs to participate in the Colorado Classic on the weekend of Friday-Sunday, Jan. 22-24.

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