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Lady Pioneers Catch Fire Right Before Playoffs

Matthew Saur

The C.W. Post women’s basketball team ended their regular season on a hot streak, winning four of their last five games.  On Wednesday, February 23rd, C.W. Post locked up a playoff berth in the ECC tournament with a 59-53 victory over Queens College. The Pioneers then wrapped up the end of the season with a 60-53 win over the University of Bridgeport on Saturday, February 26.

On Wednesday, the Pioneers found themselves in a close contest with the Queens Knights, who led by two points heading into halftime.  In the second half, neither team was able to pull away until the 7:40 mark, when the Lady Pioneers went on a 13-3 run that gave them a 10 point advantage over Queens. C.W. Post never looked back after that run, finalizing a 59-53 victory.  Janea Aiken lead the way for the Pioneers with 24 points, while Nicollette Marciniak had a double- double with 18 points and 15 rebounds.

On Saturday, February 26th, it was all about the seniors, each of whom was honored before the game. Among those honored were Aiken, Anthia Smith, Alyssa Lombardi and Shatima Greer. The Lady Pioneers and Bridgeport went toe to toe for much of the first half. Bridgeport held a 13-12 lead early, but the Pioneers worked to take the lead back with a 15-3 run that gave them a 28-15 advantage. Heading into the half, Bridgeport trailed C.W. Post by nine points. Bridgeport managed to cut Post’s lead to just two points in the second half, but sloppy play by the Purple Knights prevented them from ever taking the lead, giving the Pioneers a 60-53 victory to end the regular season.  Aiken and Felcia Joyner led the way for the ECC tournament-bound Pioneers with 18 and 16 points, respectively.

The ECC championship tournament begins on Wednesday, March 2nd, when the Lady Pioneers host Queens College at the Pratt Center for a 6PM tip off. Coverage on 88.1 FM and will begin at 5:30PM.

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