By Caroline Ryan
Editor in Chief
The women’s basketball team won its eighth game of the season, 87-69, against Wilmington University, in Newark, Delaware on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Senior Sasha Patterson led offense, scoring 27 points, while sophomore Mikaiya Moore scored 18 points and seven rebounds. Scoring in double-digits for the fifth game in a row, Patterson led the Pioneer offense with 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting with 14 rebounds. Moore contributed with 18 points and seven rebounds.
Senior Kylie Garrett scored 13 points, seven rebounds and two steals. “Our performance on the court is still improving,” Garrett said, adding that the team’s goals for the season are to play consistently, to improve and get better game by game. “[We] want to have everyone on the team focused on the team and not [themselves] Together is the word you could use to describe our team this year.” She said.
During the third and fourth quarters the Pioneers led the game 67-53 and wouldn’t allow Wilmington University to score. Naya Williams solidified the victory with free throws.
“Our team has played a tough schedule opening up with the first eight games on the road,” Deidre Moore, head women’s basketball coach, said. “They have played good, hard, TEAM basketball and are still improving. We always want to have a defensive mentality and yesterday in the second half we only gave up 26 points. We had multiple people with 3+ defensive rebounds, which is something we are stressing this season.
We need multiple defensive stops and the middle of the third quarter to the beginning of the fourth we were able to get multiple stops and take the lead. Wilmington was a formidable opponent and played hard. I was proud of my team’s effort and self-less play,” she added.
The team’s first home game of the season will be on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. against the University of Bridgeport, at the Pratt Recreation Center.