By Michael Otero
Despite putting up 87 points and nearly erasing a double-digit deficit with under a minute left in the fourth quarter, the Pioneers fell to Molloy College by a score of 95-87 on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Pratt Recreation Center.
With time running out, the Pioneers trailed 69-59, but rallied to make a game of it. Senior forward Nyasia Davis was the sparkplug who ignited the offense late; scoring seven of the 12 points in a 12-2 run by the Pioneers to force overtime.
In the overtime, neither side gave an edge. Key baskets from senior guard Khea Gibbs and junior forward Melsha Messam propelled the match into another extra session. In the second overtime, Gibbs got the Pioneers off to a solid start, but Molloy answered back with an 8-0 run to put the game on ice.
Davis finished with 26 points and 15 rebounds (both season-highs), while Gibbs added 23 points, five boards and five assists. Molloy was led by six double-digit scorers; with senior guard Alexia O’Connor being the top gun with 21 points on 6-of-7 from the floor.
The Pioneers looked to bounce back on Saturday, Feb. 13, when they visited Queens College. Sophomore Queens guard Madison Rowland had other plans though, as she put up 25 points to go along with 13 boards, four steals and three blocks. Rowland and Co. won by a score of 67-50.
The Pioneers played a solid first half and were led by senior guard Jalyn Brown who had seven points including one shot from down town at the break. At intermission, the Pioneers held a 27- 25 advantage.
In the second half, Queens put the game out of reach with a combination of great defense and good shots. In points off turnovers in the latter stanza, Queens held a 25-2 upper hand and they also held a 12-2 advantage in fast break points. Queens cruised to victory, due in part to a 12-2 run to open the fourth quarter, which put the game out of reach.
For the Pioneers, Gibbs was the high scorer with 13 while Messam ended up with nine points and seven rebounds. The Pioneers, led by head coach Deirdre Moore, will try and get back on track on Friday, Feb. 19, when they visit Daemen College. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. from Amherst, N.Y.