Struggle For Pioneer Women’s Basketball

Kevin Vera

In spite of giving it their all, the CSU East Bay women’s basketball team has been plagued with injuries, inconsistent play.

In light of a win-less season, coach Suzy Barcomb and her assistant coach views this as an opportunity to address the weaknesses and turn the season around.

“It’s up to my assistant coach and I to figure out how to keep them going and how to keep on getting better. It’s an uphill battle right now,” said Barcomb.

“It’s not exactly what we wanted to have [the season] be,” Barcomb said. “I think when you can’t get a win in the CCAA it’s going to impact the morale of the team. We’ve been close a couple times but we just cant get over the hump and get the win.”

The team began 2011 with a home game against UC San Diego in what turned out to be an 82-44 loss. They then followed this loss with another, to CSU Stanislaus 73-49, but not before ending with their ninth consecutive road loss in a 74-47 loss to 20th-ranked Chico State.

“Our focus is to try to get better every single day we step out unto the floor,” said Barcomb. “I’d love to say our focus is to win five more games but when we haven’t won a game, we have to focus on the little things and the small skills set to find a way to be in a games.”

During the first three games in the month of January the team has lost by an average of 29.7 points per game 12 more points than they averaged in the first three games of January in 2010.

That all looks to change with the next four games being at home for the team among the visitors the 1-11 CSU Dominguez Hills Toros, a 6-6 CSULA team, an 8-2 Cal Poly Pomona team and a 9-1 CSU San Bernadino Coyote’s team.

A win at home is crucial for a team that looks to garner their first victory of the season. All eyes will be on coach Barcomb’s team during these upcoming home games and will determine the direction this team is headed in down the final stretch of the season.

“We’re hoping that since that team is settling into school, we can settle into a new routine and get a good home stand going and get a few wins for the girls,” said Barcomb. “We need the reward of a win rather than the reward that we played really well for a half.”