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February 4, 2014 > Loss drops Pioneers in league standings

Loss drops Pioneers in league standings

Submitted By Steve Connolly

The Cal State East Bay women's basketball team fell victim to a second-half rally by the hosts, Cal State Dominguez Hills on February 1st, losing 57-49 in the Torodome despite a career scoring night from Tori Breshers. The Pioneers (12-9, 9-5 CCAA) dropped both of their games this weekend and fall to third place in the conference standings, as the Toros (14-4, 10-4 CCAA) take over sole possession of second place.

CSUEB's stout defense held Dominguez Hills to just 13 points and 16.7 percent shooting in the first half. The Pioneers had a 12-point lead at the break and led by as many as 19, but they had to play most of the game with two of their seven regulars out. The Toros took advantage and attacked the East Bay defense, ultimately winning the game at the free throw line, where they went 24-for-28 as a team (85.7 percent).

"We tried to battle through the adversity tonight but we fell short," said head coach Suzy Barcomb. "We gave too many second chances to Dominguez Hills, and they capitalized on every single one. The physicality of this game really wore us out, especially with a short bench."

Junior Danielle Peacon had to leave the game after just two minutes due to an apparent injury, so the Pioneers were particularly short-handed in the frontcourt. East Bay still shot a solid 41.3 percent from the field in the game (easily besting CSUDH's mark of 26.7 percent), but they were out-rebounded 38 to 32 by the Toros, and they committed 24 turnovers, an uncharacteristically high number.

Stepping up in Peacon's absence was Breshers, who was the Pioneers' go-to scorer much of the night. She notched a career high with 20 points on 7-for-14 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free throw line. The sophomore grabbed four rebounds and even knocked down a pair of three-pointers in a team-high 36 minutes off the bench.

"Tori logged big minutes for us tonight and played incredibly hard," added Barcomb. Breshers has now scored in double figures in five of her last six games.

Senior Brianna Terrance posted 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting to go along with three assists and three boards. However, she and Breshers were the only players in double figures tonight for the Pioneers, who made just seven field goals in the second half.Ê

Micah Walker scored six points, while Stephanie Lopez added five - all at the free throw line - to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Rachel Finnegan was the team's top rebounder for the third time this season, grabbing eight in 31 minutes.

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