By Michael Otero
On Saturday, Feb. 27, the women’s basketball team hosted the University of the District of Columbia and lost a close battle. The 57-53 loss concluded the Pioneers season and left them with a 5-23 mark, with all of their wins coming in conference play.
The match was tightly contested throughout and the first quarter was evident of that as both teams were even at 14. The Firebirds pushed the tempo more in the second quarter and that resulted in a lead that ballooned to as much as seven on multiple occasions. At halftime, the Pioneers trailed 25-18.
The Pioneers battled back though and trimmed the deficit to just one as the third quarter came to a close. In the final quarter of action, the Pioneers took a 43-41 lead, but that was quickly erased when the Firebirds responded with a quick 7-0 run to take a five point lead. The Firebirds were in control from that point forward.
Junior forward Melsha Messam finished with 15 points and 10 boards for a double-double while fellow junior forward Janaysia James totaled 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. No other Pioneer finished in double-figures.
Seniors on this year’s team include: Jalyn Brown, Kalinka DeRoche, Khea Gibbs and Quanisha Ratley.