by Andrew Kim

Two days after their loss against Benedictine
University, the Pioneers Women’s Basketball team came into the game with redemption in mind. Despite producing a solid performance in the late stages, the Pioneers came up short for a victory and lost against Embry-Riddle University’s Eagles, 47-67.

The Eagles kicked off the game with a commanding 8-2 lead against the Pioneers. Though the Pioneers displayed strong performances defensively, they struggled offensively and managed to score only two two-pointers, one from junior Karla McCommas, and the other from junior Dominique Gordon. The Pioneers would end up trailing the Eagles, 4-16, at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter started and ended like the first quarter as the Eagles soared to a commanding lead while the Pioneers continued to struggle offensively. With only two two-pointers made from the Pioneers side, one from Dominique Gordon and the other from sophomore Imari Clinton, the Pioneers wrapped up the first half behind the Eagles, 8-36.

The Lady Pioneers spent the second half of the game behind the Eagles, but began to improve offensively. A series of successful free-throw shots and three three-pointers, one from freshman Kylie Beal and the other two from Imari Clinton, brought the Pioneers to be within 15 points behind the Eagles. It was not enough to challenge the dominating Eagles for the lead as they cruised to victory over the Pioneers, 67-47. The loss places the Lady Pioneers at 2-15 in the regular season and 1-8 in the Cal Pac Conference.

The Lady Pioneers will travel to Riverside, CA, where they will compete against La Sierra University’s Golden Eagles on February 1 at 5:30 pm.

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