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January 20, 2010 > Lady Pioneers still winless

Lady Pioneers still winless

By Jeff Weisinger

"We're just trying to put it all together as quickly as possible."

A sluggish second half by the Cal State East Bay women's basketball team overshadowed a solid effort that had them trailing Cal State Monterey Bay by just four points at half as the Lady Pioneers, and Coach Toni West, remain winless after falling to the Otters, 82-62, on Saturday, Jan. 16.

The shooting struggles continued for East Bay, as they barely managed to shoot just 27.1 percent from the court on the night, despite a double digit night from both Claudia Nelson (19) and Emily Valenziano (12).

Both the Pioneers and the Otters traded points to start the game with East Bay opening the game going 3-4 from the court. Monterey Bay would go on to take an early eight-point lead, however East Bay rallied back to tie the game at 15 off Nelson's jumper with just over 11 minutes to go in the first half.

But the Lady Pioneer defensive troubles popped up again as Monterey Bay went on an 18-4 run as the Otters took the 33-29 halftime lead.

Monterey Bay would extend their lead to 11 after the break and would eventually lead by as much as 17 going into the final 10 minutes of the game.

"We know the first year in this conference we're going to go back and forth with our consistency on defense and in transition, but we need to get better at being consistent in the areas where we are strong," added West.

East Bay will continue their hunt for win number one on the road against Sonoma State at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21.

Men's Basketball: East Bay 88, Cal State Monterey Bay 69
The five-game losing streak for the Pioneers ended on Saturday, Jan. 16 as Cal State East Bay men's basketball team won their first CCAA game of the season, defeating Cal State Monterey Bay, 88-69.

East Bay had their best performance of the season, shooting 53.4 percent from the court, with a season-high four players finishing in double-digit points. Saeed Gatson had a team-high 16 points, while Melvin Flemings and Frankie McWirt each finished with 12 and Will Freedman dropped 10.

The Pioneers controlled the game from the very start, jumping out to an early 23-9 lead in the game's first eight minutes. Monterey Bay would rally back to pull within six with Warren Freeman's free throw with 8:53 left; however it would be East Bay taking the 42-33 halftime lead.

The Otters would stay within single digits of East Bay throughout the second half but Melvin Fleming's 3-pointer with 1:35 left sealed the win for the Pioneers, who would maintain the double digit lead for the rest of the game, on their way to their 19 point win.

East Bay will look to make it two wins in a row when they travel to Sonoma State on Thursday night, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Water Polo (Exhibition): East Bay 8, Olympic Club 12
The Cal State East Bay women's water polo team opened the exhibition season on Sunday, Jan. 17, with a 12-8 loss against Olympic Club.

Olympic Club's 3-0, fourth-quarter shutout was the difference in the match, despite the Lady Pioneer's efforts to fight back in the second quarter to go into halftime down just one, 7-6.

Liz Warren, Jenna Casady and Whitney Bell each scored two goals for East Bay while Briana Finley and Asa Rose had a goal each.

East Bay will host their annual Alumni game on Saturday, Jan. 23, before kicking off the regular season a week later on January 30 at the Northern Invitational at the University of California at Berkeley.

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