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January 14, 2011 > East Bay hoops continue to falter

East Bay hoops continue to falter

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Cal State University-East Bay's winter sports struggles continued over into the new calendar year. Their transition from NAIA to NCAA has been very bumpy to say the least.

On Monday, Jan. 3, both hoops teams hosted UC San Diego and left the floor with another L on their record. Will Biggs' men's team played San Diego tight, eventually falling by 11, 64-53, to drop to 2-8 overall, 0-6 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play. Mark Samuels was the only Pioneer to reach double figures in scoring, netting 10 on 5-15 shooting in 35 minutes.

East Bay's Lady Pioneers could not hang with San Diego in its match-up on Monday. After UC San Diego raced out to a 20-point, 45-25 halftime lead, they didn't take their foot off the gas, running up the score with a 38-19 second half and an 82-44 final. Claudia Nelson was the one bright spot for East Bay (0-10, 0-6 CCAA) with 10 points and seven boards.

Both the East Bay basketball teams had a pair of road games over the weekend: Friday, Jan. 7, at Cal State Stanislaus and Saturday, Jan. 8, at Chico State without any success to report.

In Friday's match with Stanislaus, the East Bay men fell 77-49 while the Lady Pioneers dropped 49 points as well, but fell by 24 points, 73-49. For the women, Marlene MacMillan led the way with 15 points and 11 boards, while Lauren Lucchesi chipped in with 10 points in the losing cause. Three Stanislaus players finished in double figures, with Katie Busi leading with her double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. In the men's loss, Will Freedman (13) and Samuels (12) finished in double figures, but Stanislaus sealed the game with a 49-25 second half after the Pioneers kept it tight (28-24) going into the locker room at half.

A day later at Chico State, the Lady Pioneers were ousted 74-47 while the men, like the day before, netted equal points as the women in a losing effort, 65-47. Lucchesi led the way for the Lady Pioneers (0-12, 0-8 CCAA) in the loss, netting 14 points. Maria Dinesen also finished in double figures with 10. As for the men, it was an off-night for the regular leaders. Roshun Wynne did his best to make up for the lost production, finishing with 11 points in the Pioneers (2-10, 0-8 CCAA) loss.

East Bay women's swim team had a dual meet at Fresno State on Saturday, Jan. 8, but the final results for the meet were not available at press. Murphy Winer and Rachel Knowles were the star Pioneers on the day. Winer finished second in two events - the 200 and 500 freestyle races - while Knowles also finished second in both the 100 and 200 breast events. Sara Bonino finished second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 1,000 freestyle.

This week, the Lady Pioneer swim club will host San Jose State on Friday, Jan. 14, before heading to Reno, Nev., on Saturday, Jan. 15, for a bout with the University of Nevada.

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