By Michael Otero
On Tuesday, Nov. 24, the women’s basketball team was searching for its first victory of the season against Bloomfield College. The game, which came down to the last shot, didn’t bounce in LIU’s favor and the team fell by a score of 54-52.
The Pioneers played a very good first half, taking a three-point lead into the break. In that first half, the Pioneers shot 40 percent from the field and 33 from behind the arc. After a big run by Bloomfield that put them up 11 going into the fourth quarter, the Pioneers woke up offensively.
Senior guard Jalyn Brown drained a three pointer, which was followed by a lay-up from fellow senior guard Khea Gibbs. That brought the score to 53-52 in favor of Bloomfield with just under a minute left. After a trip by Bloomfield to the free throw line, the Pioneers, down by two, missed a chance to tie it as Gibbs shot was off the mark.
Freshman guard Robyn Francis led in the scoring department with nine points and also added six boards. Brown also had nine points off the bench while Gibbs tallied eight points of her own.
The Pioneers looked for their first win on Sunday, Nov. 29, when they traveled to Massachusetts to face Stonehill College. Again, the Pioneers were denied their first victory of the season in a 62-41 loss.
Stonehill had the upper hand from the opening tip, as they dominated early and often. They jumped out to a quick 20-10 lead after the first quarter, then played lockdown defense and allowed just five Pioneer points in the second quarter. They took a 41-15 lead into the break.
The Pioneers attempted to make a comeback in the second half, but they were facing the clock, as well as Stonehill. Eventually, time ran out and the Pioneers lost by well more than double-digits.
For the Pioneers, senior center Nyasia Davis scored 10 to lead the team while freshman guard Shannon Doyle scored nine and grabbed six boards to go along with two steals and two blocks. For Stonehill, they were led by sophomore guard Courtney Walsh who had a game-high 17 points and also dished out three assists.
The Pioneers are back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 2, against Mercy College from the Pratt Recreation Center. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.