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February 10, 2010 > Winless no more

Winless no more

Lady Pioneers get elusive first win

By Jeff Weisinger

It took three months and 20 games, but the Cal State East Bay women's basketball team earned the elusive first win on Thursday, Feb. 4, in a 69-68 overtime thriller against Cal State L.A.

East Bay rallied back from a 14-point deficit to pull off the team's first win of the 2009-2010 campaign. Claudia Nelson's 18 points, along with Marlene MacMillan's 15 and Natalie Monte's 11 points sparked the rally to the victory for East Bay on the night.

"We played well the second half and pulled out a win against a more experienced team," East Bay coach Toni West said. "I'm happy with our performance and proud of the players for pulling this one out."

Cal State L.A. took an eight-point, 33-25 lead going into the half, leading for the entire first half, and for the first 10 minutes into the second half. But the Lady Pioneers would fight back, down 12 with 10 minutes left as Marie Colon's 3-pointer began a 19-7 run for the Lady Pioneers which brought the game to overtime, where East Bay took over and, despite a rally by L.A., the Lady Pioneers held on for the one-point win.

Women's Basketball: East Bay 69, CSU Dominguez Hills 84
East Bay was able to rally once, but the Lady Pioneers fell short of another rally effort on Saturday, Feb. 6, following their first win with their 19th loss of the season to Cal State Dominguez Hills, 84-69.

Claudia Nelson led the team with 15 points, as she was the only player for the Lady Pioneers to score double digits on the night.

Dominguez Hills led all of the first half, taking a 42-38 lead going into the locker room, but East Bay began to fight back, going on an 18-8 run in the last six minutes of the half, highlighted by Andrea Rodriguez's buzzer-beating 3-pointer to cut the halftime deficit to just four.

But Dominguez Hills would come out on fire in the second half, keeping a double-digit lead throughout the rest of the game, holding off any comeback effort by East Bay.

The Lady Pioneers (1-19, 1-14) will travel to Chico to take on Chico State on Friday, Feb. 12, in the first game of a five-game road trip.

Men's basketball: East Bay 49, CSU Dominguez Hills 61
The struggles continue for the Cal State men's basketball team, as they dropped their fifth straight game, falling to Cal State Dominguez Hills, 61-49, on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Prince Ray Pope and Mark Samuels led the Pioneers with seven points each on the night as the Pioneer offense was near nonexistent against the Toros.

The Pioneers never came close to taking a lead as Dominguez Hills led from the very start, leading by as much as 16 points in the second half.

East Bay will look to turn things around when they travel to Chico State on Friday, Feb. 12, for the first game of their five-game road trip.

Baseball: East Bay 0, Vanguard 4 (5 innings)
After winning their season opener 4-0 against Menlo College on Monday, Feb. 1, the Cal State East Bay baseball team had nothing going for them on Friday's rain-shortened, 4-0 loss to Vanguard College.

John Volk (0-1) struggled in his first start of the season, allowing four runs on four hits in just four innings as Vanguard went straight to work on him from the very start.

Kip Masuda put Vanguard up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning on a fielder's choice, scoring Zachary Leighton from third. Eric Krzysiak's solo homerun to lead off the bottom of the second pushed Vanguard's lead to 2-0, followed by home runs by Kevin Domingos and Brandon Pensante in the bottom of the fourth to give Vanguard the 4-0 lead.

East Bay (1-1) will take on Cal State Monterey Bay on Tuesday, Feb. 9, in their conference opener.

Men's Soccer: Pioneers add 17 with 2010 signing class
East Bay men's soccer coach Andy Cumbo added three goalkeepers, five defenders, four midfielders and five strikers to his roster on Friday, Feb. 5, as the Pioneers prepare for the 2010 campaign.

The signings include 6'1" goalkeeper Bryce Bookhammer from Grant Oak High School, midfielder Carlos Navarrete from Waterford, Calif., and Paul Dewhurst, a 6'2" defender from Phillips Ranch, Calif.

East Bay finished the 2009 season with a 1-19 record, including a 19-game losing streak after winning their opener against William Jessup University on August 27.

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