March 4, 2014 > Pioneers seal the deal, advance to post-season play
Pioneers seal the deal, advance to post-season play
Submitted By Scott Chisholm
CSUEB 58, SF State 50
February 28, 2014
WomenÕs basketball completed its third straight season sweep in the ÔBattle of the BayÕ rivalry as Cal State East Bay earned a 58-50 win over San Francisco State at The Swamp. The Pioneers will clinch a California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Post-Season Tournament berth with a road victory March 1st over Sonoma State.
ÒWe were not sharp at all tonight but we held on for an important win. We are incredibly fortunate,Ó said East Bay Head Coach Suzy Barcomb.
An early streak of nine unanswered points gave the Pioneers a 15-10 lead that they would hold until the final buzzer sounded. Cal State East Bay led for the final 31-plus minutes and were effective offensively from close range.
CSUEB 67, Sonoma State 39
March 1, 2014
The Pioneer 67-39 road win over Sonoma State secures Cal State East BayÕs spot in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament for the third straight year. The Pioneers finished in a four-way tie for third place in the regular season standings and will be the No. 6 seed.
ÒA must win for our team and we stepped up to the challenge of taking care of business on the road,Ó said East Bay Head Coach Suzy Barcomb. ÒWe were in a Ômust winÕ situation for the last four games and that was a great deal of pressure.Ó
Cal State East Bay (16-13, 13-9 CCAA) closed out the regular season winning four straight games after suffering a season-long six game losing streak. The Pioneers are the hottest team in the conference heading into the CCAA Tournament boasting the longest active winning streak.
East Bay never trailed Sonoma State (4-22, 3-19 CCAA) after Micah Walker drained a 3-point basket on the teamÕs opening possession of the game. It was the start of a scoring capped off by a triple from Danielle Peacon that put the Pioneers out front 10-0.
Peacon was a dominant force in the first half scoring 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field in just 11 minutes of action. She outscored the entire Sonoma State roster 18-15 in the first half en route to her game-high 22 points.
Cal State East Bay led by 23 at intermission and led by no less than 21 points the entire second half. Tori Breshers scored all 12 of her points over the final 20 minutes to lead the Pioneers.
Brianna Terrance pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds as East Bay enjoyed a 40-24 advantage on the glass. Her final made basket of the contest was her 184th of the season which ties a 31-year old program record set by Shawn Spangler during the 1982-83 campaign.
Every active player on the East Bay roster that had previous played this season saw action in the regular season finale. LeAnne WillinghamÕs first collegiate points were the final two for the Pioneers.
In her final collegiate contest Sonoma State senior Kristina Fahey finished with a team-high 13 points and three blocks. Molly Kommer contributed 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the loss.
Cal State East Bay will play in the single elimination CCAA Post-Season Tournament starting on Thursday, March 6. They will face the No. 3 seed Cal State Dominguez Hills with the winner advancing to the semifinal on Friday, March 7, to take on No. 2 seed Chico State.