January 21, 2014 > Lady Pioneers hold off Chico State
Lady Pioneers hold off Chico State
Submitted By Scott Chisholm
Cal State East Bay never trailed on its way to a 64-61 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) road win over Chico State on Friday, January 17. The Pioneers snapped a four-game losing streak to the Wildcats and earned their first road win over the Wildcats during the tenure of Pioneers Head Coach Suzy Barcomb.
For the second time in as many games the Pioneers watched their double-digit second half lead being erased by a sizeable scoring run from the opposition. Despite two chances over the final eight seconds for Chico State to tie the game, East Bay earned the victory against a squad that it has had limited success against in recent years.
ÒWe executed our game plan in the first half and it got us the lead. Chico made adjustments at halftime and we did not respond very well,Ó Barcomb commented. We did enough 'right' in the end to earn a very important CCAA road win.Ó
Danielle Peacon was a force to be reckoned with finishing the night with 16 points, 16 rebounds, four blocked shots, and three steals. She contributed seven of the Pioneers 16 offensive rebounds which led to 20 second chance points. PeaconÕs ability to clean up misses and effect shots on the defensive end played a pivotal role in FridayÕs result.
ÊÒDanielle had a solid night. We had some great looks inside and I wish we would have converted at a higher percentage,Ó said Coach Barcomb. ÒIt would have taken some pressure off us in the end.Ó
Cal State East Bay matched its largest lead of the game at 51-37 following two of Tori BreshersÕ 14 points off the bench. Chico State responded using three 3-pointers to spark a 13-1 scoring run to pull within two points at the 5:31 mark.
The visiting Pioneers clung to a slim 62-59 lead in the final 10 seconds with the host Wildcats in possession. Senior Courtney Hamilton drove to the basket, scored two points and was fouled sending her to the line for the potential game-tying free throw with :07.5 seconds left. The 67 percent free throw shooter who had made both of her previous attempts earlier in the game, missed on the third and Peacon grabbed the loose ball.
On the other end of Acker Gym, Peacon would knock down both free throws as the Pioneers led by three with :05.7 seconds remaining. A final 3-point attempt by Chico StateÕs Annie Ward was off the mark as the Pioneers held on for the win.
ÒI would like to think we grew as a team tonight because we fought through our mistakes rather than giving in,Ó stated Barcomb.
Both teams featured four double-digit scorers including Peacon, Breshers, Brianna Terrance (13) and Stephanie Lopez (10) for the Pioneers. Ward led the Wildcats with 14 points, followed by Hannah Womack (11), McKenzie Dalthorp (10) and Hamilton (10).