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December 24, 2013 > Pioneers Prevail Over Otters

Pioneers Prevail Over Otters

Submitted By Scott Chisholm

A dominating first half performance led to Cal State East BayÕs 64-46 conference road win over Cal State Monterey Bay on December 21st. Danielle Peacon led all players with 20 points and outscored the entire Otter roster 12-11 at halftime. Peacon and teammate Brianna Terrance combined to score 37 points on the night, including the opening six points of the game. PeaconÕs first basket within the opening minute of the game provided a lead the Pioneers would not relinquish, and Sarah FinlayÕs jumper at the 7:41 mark capped off a 29-4 scoring run to start the game.

ÒDanielle came to play tonight. She was a force down low for us,Ó said victorious Head Coach Suzy Barcomb. ÒBrianna was effective tonight. She scored and rebounded very well.Ó

The Otters offense managed to score only 11 first half points, leading to a deficit of 25 at the break. Cal State Monterey Bay (3-4, 0-4 CCAA) shot 3-for-23 (.130) from the field and made more free throws (4) than field goals over the opening 20 minutes.

ÒWe defended with great energy and focus. There was urgency in guarding the ball throughout most of the first half,Ó stated Barcomb after the team moved over the .500 mark for the first time this season.

The struggles continued out of halftime as CSUMB scored only two points over the opening five minutes of the second half. However the Otters more than doubled that total over the final 15 minutes of regulation, scoring 33 points and eventually outscoring the Pioneers 35-28 in the second half.

ÒWe were not able to maintain the intensity. Monterey Bay battled tough all night. It was a barrage of 3-pointers throughout the game,Ó said Barcomb. The Otters went 6-for-17 from beyond the arc in the second half following a 1-for-11 first half effort. In last weekÕs matchup Monterey Bay went 7-for-14 from downtown in the first half, and just 1-for-9 in the second.

Nikki Beckman led the Otters in scoring for the second straight game against the Pioneers. She followed up her 19-point performance last Saturday with 14 in tonightÕs contest. Holly Holcomb finished just shy of a double-double with eight points and 11 rebounds.

Peacon fell one rebound shy of her first double-double in a Pioneer uniform. She made 7-of-13 shots from the field and knocked down a season-high 6-of-7 free throws in the win. Peacon scored in double digits for the eighth time in 11 games this year.

Terrance scored in double figures for the 10th straight game knocking down 7-of-12 shots from the field, to go along with six rebounds. Stephanie Lopez finished with a game-high three assists and also contributed nine points and three steals. Rachel Finnegan snatched four of the teamÕs 13 steals and ranks second on this yearÕs squad with 17.

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