By Michael Otero
The Pioneers traveled up to Connecticut to do battle with Bridgeport University on Wednesday, Jan. 27, and suffered an 82-77 overtime loss to drop to 2-17 on the season. The Pioneers got off to a strong start and kept their foot on the gas through the first half; leading 31-26 at the break. Senior forward Nyasia Davis led the squad in the scoring department at intermission with 12.
In the second half, the Pioneers extended their lead to as many as 12 points, but left the door slightly open for a Bridgeport comeback attempt. Although down by double-digits with just over a quarter to play, Bridgeport battled back and eventually tied the game at 66 late in the fourth quarter. Senior guard Khea Gibbs nailed two free throws for the visitors towards the end of regulation to send the match into overtime. In the extra period, the two teams went back and forth trading baskets, but Bridgeport had the last laugh as they hung on for a wild 82-77 victory.
Davis ended up scoring a team-high 21 points and grabbing 10 boards for a double-double while Gibbs tallied 19 points of her own. Junior forward Melsha Messam also chipped in, scoring 13 points and snagging nine rebounds.
The Pioneers looked to right a couple of wrongs when they payed a trip to Dowling College on Saturday, Jan. 30. Led by a career-best 24 points from senior guard Jalyn Brown, the Pioneers cruised to a 90-63 win. The win was their third of the season and by far their largest.
It didn’t start that way though as the Pioneers got off to a sloppy start, but quickly responded with a short 11-2 burst to get back in the game early in the first quarter. From that point on, Brown and Co. took over the game. The Pioneers shot close to 50% for the game and were dominant down low; out-rebounding the opposition by 17 and outscoring them in the paint by 20.
In addition to Brown’s 24 points, she also had four assists as well as two steals. Senior guard Quanisha Ratley contributed 19 points and nine boards while Messam had 15 points to go along with seven boards.
The Pioneers and Head Coach Deirdre Moore hit the hardwood again on Wednesday, Feb. 3, when they continue their road trip against Mercy College; a team they have yet to play this season. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.