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January 18, 2011 > Lady Pioneers notch first win

Lady Pioneers notch first win

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

It took 14 games to achieve the feat, but the Cal State University East Bay Lady Pioneers hoops team recorded its first victory of the season -- a 10-point, 65-55, home win over Cal State University Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 15.

"It's great to finally get that first win," said East Bay coach Suzy Barcomb. "This was a total team effort."

Four East Bay (1-13, 1-9 CCAA) finished in double figures scoring, led by freshman Sarah Finlay, who netted 16 points to go along with her team-leading seven boards. Kristina Lin (14), Marlene MacMillan (12) and Azizi Dotson (11) were the other Lady Pioneers in double digits.

But the most glaring statistic for the East Bay win -- one in which they paced themselves well, leading 30-26 at half before topping LA 35-29 in the second -- was the rebounding edge. Led by Finlay's aforementioned seven boards, CSUEB out hustled LA to the loose balls 14 times, snatching 41 rebounds to CSULA's 27. Out of East Bay's 41 rebounds, 16 were offensive, leading to multiple second-chance points.

"We did outstanding work on the boards tonight," Barcomb said.

East Bay did well on the boards in their only other game of the week -- Thursday, Jan. 13, at home against Cal State University Dominguez Hills. However, despite grabbing 48 rebounds (to CSUDH's 34), Dominguez Hills won a tough CCAA road game, 49-42. MacMillan was the only Lady Pioneer to show up, pulling down 16 rebounds to go with her 14 points in the losing effort.

CSUEB men's basketball took the hardwood twice this past week as well, playing the second end of double headers: Jan. 13 vs. Dominguez Hills; Jan. 15 vs. Los Angeles. No. 7 ranked Dominguez Hills blew out the Pioneers 70-52, while CSULA squeaked by East Bay, 67-63, to give the Pioneers an eight-game losing skid.

Will Freedman and Roshun Wynne led the way for the Pioneers (2-12, 0-10 CCAA) in the loss to Dominguez Hills, scoring 16 and 14 respectively. Wynne was the leading scorer against LA with 19; George Toyama chipped in with 14 in the losing effort.

In other East Bay athletics during the week, the Lady Pioneers swim team hosted San Jose State on Friday, Jan. 14, before heading to Reno, Nev., to take on the University of Nevada on Saturday, Jan. 15. In two losses, East Bay showed some signs of breaking out.

Rachel Knowles finished second in both the 50 yard breast and 400 IM. Tristan Kennedy-Donohue finished third in both the 50 free and 100 back. Lindsay Miller, Murphy Wimer, Sara Bonino, Jenni Perez, Heidi Reddig and Rebecca Stratton all performed admirably in placing against SJSU in the loss.

The Lady Pioneers went to Nevada on Saturday and got more impressive runs by the aforementioned swimmers, but fell to UC Davis and Nevada-Reno in the tri-meet. They will be back in the pool on Jan. 22 against Azusa Pacific. For a complete list of upcoming CSUEB games, log onto the Tri-City Voice Sports page, http://sports.tricityvoice.com.




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