On Tuesday, Nov. 24, the LIU Post women’s basketball team was searching for their 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 they 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 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. She also added six boards. Brown had nine points off the bench as well, while Gibbs tallied eight points of her own.
The Pioneers looked again for their first win on Sunday, Nov. 29, when they traveled to Massachusetts to face Stonehill College. Yet, the Pioneers were still 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. Stonehill was led by sophomore guard Courtney Walsh, who had a game-high 17 points and also dished out three assists.
The women’s basketball team is back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 2 against Mercy College at LIU Post’s Pratt Recreation Center. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.
This article was originally published in the Pioneer, the award-winning student newspaper of LIU Post, www.liupostpioneer.com, and is republished here by Blank Slate Media with the permission of the Pioneer.