By Michael Otero
Last Wednesday, Feb. 4, the women’s basketball team (13-8) secured a slim five-point victory over the Purple Knights from the University of Bridgeport (4-18). The Pioneers were led by yet another double-double effort from junior center Nyasia Davis, who went for 20 points and 16 boards.
Senior guard Chelsea Williams was also a big part in the win, scoring 25 points, dishing out six assists, and being a pest on the defensive end with three steals. Junior guard Quanisha Ratley also chipped in with 10 points in the 71-66 victory in front of the Pratt Recreation Center faithful.
Three days later, on Saturday, Feb. 7, the Pioneers welcomed the Golden Lions from Dowling College (4-16) to Brookville, N.Y., in which the trio of Williams, Davis, and senior guard Ashley Castle combined for 58 points to lead LIU to a 76-62 win over their East Coast Conference opponents.
Williams led all scorers on the afternoon with 24 points, while Davis notched her 11th double-double on the young season with a 22-point and 10-rebound effort. Castle added 22 points of her own to go along with six assists.
The Pioneers were feeling it from long range, as they nailed nine shots from deep in the first half. The Pioneers pushed their lead to 16 in the first half and took a 44-32 lead into the break.
The Post squad kept its foot on the gas in the second half and continued to attack. The Green and Gold fed Davis throughout the latter stanza, where she scored 14 points and dominated down low.
As a team, the Pioneers grabbed rebounds and got second chance opportunities, as well as points off of turnovers. For the Golden Lions, junior guard Krstina Surlan totaled 24 points, eight boards, and six assists in the losing effort while teammate senior guard Christine Verrelle notched a double-double in points and rebounds.
Head Coach Deirdre Moore and the Pioneers return to action today when they take on the Mavericks from Mercy College in another ECC contest. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. from Brookville, N.Y.