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February 11, 2014 > Pioneer WomenÕs Report

Pioneer WomenÕs Report

Submitted By Scott Chisholm

Terrance sets program record in loss to Humboldt State

On her record setting night senior Brianna Terrance made a corner 3-pointer to give the visiting Pioneers the lead with 2:37 left in regulation. It was the final three points for Cal State East Bay in dropping a 71-64 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) contest to Humboldt State on February 6th.

Terrance became East Bay's all-time leader in field goals made with 375 following her 5-for-15 effort against the Jacks. She scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half with her first bucket out of halftime setting the record.

"(Brianna) has made such great progress over her career at East Bay. Her off-season work ethic in her sophomore and junior years is truly paying off," said Head Coach Suzy Barcomb.

Terrance was one of two key cogs to propel the Pioneer comeback as she and teammate Stephanie Lopez combined for 24 of the team's 36 second half points. Lopez did most of her damage at the free throw line going 8-for-9 in the period during a 10-for-11 night overall.

The Pioneers trailed by as many as 12 in the second half before getting on the comeback trail. After pulling to within four points, Terrance knocked down a pair of free throws with 3:02 left followed by the go-ahead triple to put East Bay out front for the first time in nearly 30 minutes of game action.

Humboldt State (11-8, 8-7 CCAA) retook the lead on its ensuing possession as Kersey Wilcox scored two of her team-high 20 points. It was the eventual game-winning basket as East Bay finished out the final two minutes of regulation shooting 0-for-6 from the field, including 0-for-3 from downtown, and committed a turnover.

"We ran into a hot team playing on their floor, and took a loss. We need to grind out games, rather than trying to outscore teams," Barcomb said following the team's third straight loss.

HSU's Wilcox led her squad with 20 points, five assists, and three steals. Megan Shields and Amanda Kunst combined for 31 points and 16 rebounds in the win.

"Kersey (Wilcox) killed us most of the night. She played very well and led her team," praised Coach Barcomb. In the first matchup this season she was held to just three points and four assists as East Bay cruised to a 17-point win.

Lopez went toe-to-toe with Wilcox posting 20 points, five assists, and a career-high five steals. Tori Breshers poured in 16 points to follow up her career-high 20 point effort against Dominguez Hills.

"Stephanie (Lopez) was equally as impressive in tonight's game. Tori (Breshers) stepped in incredibly well to help fill the void in the middle," stated Coach Barcomb.

The Pioneers were forced to play short-handed as the injured Danielle Peacon was an encouraging teammate from the bench. Peacon went for 12 points and 10 rebounds in the 61-44 East Bay victory over Humboldt State back on Jan. 4.

Humboldt State snaps a streak of four straight losses to Cal State East Bay. It is the Jacks first win over the Pioneers since Dec. 3, 2011.

Pioneers furious comeback forces OT, falls short

Cal State East BayÕs road trip ended in dramatic fashion on February 8th as womenÕs basketball fell in overtime 75-70 to No. 16 ranked Cal Poly Pomona at Kellogg Gym. The Broncos scored all 14 overtime points at the free throw line and closed out the game on a 14-4 scoring run for the win.

Trailing 60-53 with only 1:39 remaining in regulation Stephanie Lopez knocked down a 3-pointer and eventually scored the game-tying basket with five seconds left. An errant Cal Poly Pomona (17-3, 14-2 CCAA) inbounds pass gave the visiting Pioneers possession tied at 61-61.

A Brianna Terrance 3-point shot fell off target as the teams headed to overtime. Terrance took and made the Pioneers first two shots to take a 66-61 lead. She would score all nine of CSUEBÕs overtime points and finished with a game-high 24 points.

ÒThe comeback to send the game into overtime was remarkable. The fact that Pomona shot 46 free throws to our 19 is also remarkable, said East Bay Head Coach Suzy Barcomb. ÒThatÕs challenging to overcome to say the very least.Ó

Free throws, and consequently foul trouble for the Pioneers, arguably played the biggest factors in SaturdayÕs result. Cal Poly Pomona (17-3, 14-2 CCAA) knocked down 37-of-46 (.804) free throws while Cal State East Bay went just 9-for-19 (.474). All five Pioneer starters were charged with at least four personal fouls with three fouling out of the game.

ÒWe are shorthanded and undersized. Injuries are all part of the season and how a team responds shows their true character. Tonight I liked our character,Ó praised Barcomb.

A lackluster team shooting performance never allowed the host Broncos to stay within a comfortable margin, never trailing by more than five points. Despite taking 31 more field goal attempts East Bay shot just 27-of-79 (.342) overall.

Lopez and Micah Walker each shot 6-for-15 from the floor and combined for 31 points and 12 assists. Tori Breshers was effective on both ends of the court finishing with 10 points, five rebounds, and career-high four blocked shots. Rachel FinneganÕs hustle netted her eight rebounds and three assists.

CPPÕs Ariel Marsh was on the court for 44-of-45 minutes and led a group of five players with her game-high 21 points. She went 4-of-11 from three and 9-for-12 at the foul line and was one of three Broncos to sink at least eight free throws.

Jada Blackwell finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds to complete her double-double. Ashley Lovett was one board shy with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Cal State East Bay (12-11, 9-7 CCAA) is tied for fifth place in the CCAA standings with six regular season games remaining. The Pioneers are one game in front of Humboldt State, UC San Diego, and San Francisco State.

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