Women’s hoops team advance to post-season

Louis LaVenture,
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The Cal State East Bay women’s basketball team advanced to the California Collegiate Athletic Association postseason tournament that begins today in Stockton at 2:35 p.m. against conference fee the No. 3 Cal Poly Pomona Broncos.

If the Pioneers beat the Broncos today they will play the No. 2 ranked Humboldt State Jacks tomorrow at 2:35 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to the third round on Saturday at 5:05 p.m. at Stockton Arena.

The Pioneers improved to 18-10 overall and 13-9 in CCAA games after they won their final two games of the regular season 74-68 over Cal State Stanislaus on Friday and 58-45 over Chico State on Saturday.

CSUEB senior guard Stephanie Lopez reached a milestone in the 74-68 victory over CSUS (9-17 overall, 7-15 conference) on Friday in Turlock. Lopez became the first player in school history to score 500 points in a single season. Lopez finished the game with 24 points, eight rebounds, and four assists on the record-breaking night.

“Those two carried us again tonight,” CSUEB Head Coach Suzy Barcomb said. “Tori had key late game baskets and Steph with late game free throws.”

Pioneers junior forward Tori Breshers also had a great night as she amassed 18 points and six rebounds. The junior shot 90 percent from the floor on a night that saw the Pioneers shoot over 50 percent as a team. CSUEB senior Micah Walker added in nine points and eight rebounds in the win for the Pioneers.

On Saturday the Pioneers closed out the regular season with a 58-45 road victory over Chico State (10-16, 7-15) at Art Acker Gymnasium.

It wasn’t an easy win for the Pioneers, who found themselves down at halftime to the Wildcats by two points 27-25. CSUEB managed to get things back on track in the second half and outscored Chico State by 15 points to secure the 13-point win.

“They had a run on us but we were able pull it out,” Lopez said. “Everybody wanted me to attack the basket so I did.”

Breshers had game-highs in points, 18, and rebounds, 11, while Lopez added in 12 points in 36 minutes on the court. CSUEB senior Walker tallied nine points and five rebounds in the Pioneers triumph over the wildcats.

“Our second half defense was much improved and we rebounded by committee,” Barcomb said. “Our defense got our offense going in the second half.”

Lopez, Walker and Breshers all rank in the top ten leading scorers of all-time for CSUEB. Walker is currently fourth on the list with 872 points, Lopez is ninth with 830 points, and Breshers rounded out the top ten with 829 points in her career
The Pioneers lost their first game in the CCAA tournament last season 71-64 against the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros in Ontario.