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March 1, 2011 > East Bay hoops ends frustrating season

East Bay hoops ends frustrating season

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

It has been four long months for both the men's and women's basketball teams at Cal State University-East Bay. Still trying to find their identity in NCAA DII play, and in the California Collegiate Athletic Association since their move a year ago, both CSUEB teams struggled through the 2010-11 season, both finishing with identical 4-22 records.

East Bay men finished their campaign losing their last five contests, including two last week: Thursday, Feb. 24, at Cal State San Bernardino and Friday, Feb. 25, at Cal Poly Pomona.

In the San Bernardino game on Thursday, East Bay came out strong, and took a 39-36 lead into the locker room at halftime. But San Bernardino regrouped in the intermission, and came out like gangbusters in the second half, outscoring the Pioneers 42-21 to run away with the victory, 78-60. Roshun Wynne and Mark Samuels led East Bay in scoring with 12, while Will Freedman chipped in with 10 in the losing effort.

A day later, against Cal Poly Pomona, Wynne had his best game of the season, netting 25 points on 7-20 shooting from the field. Samuels (13) and Freedman (19) again hit double figures in scoring, but all in the losing effort as they fell by 17, 88-71. East Bay finished CCAA play with a conference-low 2-20 record.

As for the Lady Pioneers hoops team, after starting off the season with a 15-game losing streak, they began to show some signs of life. In going 4-7 down the stretch, they have played to tighter, more competitive games. They did, however, drop their final four contests of the year, the final two last week: Thursday, Feb. 24, at CSU-San Bernardino and Friday, Feb. 25, at Cal Poly Pomona.

Against the Lady Coyotes on Thursday, the Lady Pioneers played a physical game, out-rebounding their opponent, 39-35, led by Marlene MacMillan's 12 boards. However, East Bay only had one player, Azizi Dotson, in double figures, with 14, to San Bernardino's three players in double figures. San Bernardino went onto win the game, 57-46.

And to wrap up the season, the Lady Pioneers went to Cal Poly Pomona. Cassie Coble had herself a whale of a game, shooting 7-10 from the floor and putting in 19 points for the Lady Pioneers. Brianna Terrance added 10, but it wasn't enough. Cal Poly Pomona took a 19-point halftime lead and coasted to a 77-60 win. East Bay got all of its wins in CCAA play, finished 4-18 in league, but it still landed them a last-place finish, tied with Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State Dominguez Hills.

With the basketball season behind them, East Bay shifts its athletic focus to the spring sports team. On Saturday, Feb. 26, CSUEB spring sports had a full slate of action.

East Bay Lady Pioneers water polo took part in the two-day Chapman Tournament in Orange. In their first match, a Saturday morning bout with Mercyhurst, the Lady Pioneers played a hard-fought, defensive struggle that ended in a one-goal loss, 7-6. They did, however, even up their record at the tourney with a 13-8 win against Cal Lutheran later in the day. East Bay made it three wins in a row with a pair of wins on day two of the Chapman tourney, topping Occidental 13-6 before beating WWPA foe CSU-San Bernardino 10-6.

East Bay's softball team played a pair of doubleheaders over the weekend at home vs. Cal State Monterey Bay. On Saturday, Feb. 26, in a wild, back-and-forth game one, Monterey Bay took two separate one-run leads -- 9-8 heading into the last of the seventh; 10-9 going to the bottom of the ninth -- but the Lady Pioneers clawed back, tying the game to force extra innings then plating two in the ninth for a 11-10 win. Taylor Neumann went 2-6 with four RBIs to lead the Pioneer offense. CSUEB swept the Saturday doubleheader with a 5-4 win in game two. Trailing 4-2 in the fifth, East Bay scored three runs to take the lead for good. Jamie Yaller went 1-2 with three RBIs to lead the Pioneer offense.

A day later, on Sunday, Feb. 27, the Lady Pioneers made a clean four-game sweep of Monterey Bay with a 10-inning 2-1 pitchers' duel win, to go along with a 5-4 victory. The four-game sweep brought the Lady Pioneers to 7-5 overall.

Cal State's baseball team also played two doubleheaders over the weekend -- Saturday, Feb. 26, East Bay went to Cal State Stanislaus for two, and Sunday, Feb. 27, Stanislaus came to Hayward for a pair of games.

On Saturday, at CSU-Stanislaus, East Bay was swept, 3-0 and 10-2. Bryce Miller pitched a complete game, eight innings, in game one, and got the loss. Miller allowed the three runs on five hits. In game two, Paul Jinkens went three and a third, allowing seven runs on nine hits in the loss.

When they returned to Hayward for the Sunday, Feb. 27, doubleheader against Stanislaus, East Bay got on the winning side with a game one victory, 5-1. Stanislaus, however, rebounded from the loss, taking the series with a 3-1 triumph.

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