By Michael Otero
With the score deadlocked at 51 with under eight minutes in the fourth quarter, the Pioneers went on a 13-0 run and closed the door on a Daemen College comeback attempt, winning 69- 59 on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Pratt Recreation Center.
The Pioneers was led offensively by sophomore guard, Shannon Doyle, who had a game-high 15 points on over 50 percent shooting from the field. Another key contributor, senior guard, Kylie Garrett, notched 14 points and five rebounds. During its 13-0 run, Garrett started and finished the stretch with lay-ups, the latter of which put the Pioneers up 64-51 with just under four minutes left.
Sophomore forward, Sasha Patterson, earned her first double-double of the young season, pouring in 11 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. Senior forward, Janaysia James, finished with 11 points and nine boards. As a team, the Pioneers dominated down low, outscoring the opposition 32-16, and with its 27-point scoring prowess off the bench.
The Pioneers returned to action on Saturday, Dec. 3, against American International College. In their matchup, Garrett poured in a game-high 19 points, but it was not enough as the Pioneers suffered a 61-55 loss. The team currently sits at 4-4 on the season.
The Pioneers faced a 10-point deficit in the third quarter, but rallied for a 15-3 run and grabbed a 44-42 lead with eight minutes left in the game. The go-ahead basket came courtesy of freshman forward, Mikaiya Moore. Besides Garrett, the Pioneers’ offense also got contributions from Kristen Olsen and Moore, who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.
In the final minutes of the games, the offense was held with a made field goal from which the Yellow Jackets capitalized, taking the lead and winning by a six-point margin. For the game, the Pioneers shot just 28 percent from the field.
Head Coach Deirdre Moore and her team are back in action Wednesday, Dec. 7, against East Coast Conference opponent St. Thomas Aquinas College. Tip-off from the Pratt Recreation Center is scheduled for 5 p.m.