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Lady Pioneers Take Victory With Defeat

Lady Pioneers basketball

Matthew Saur

The lady Pioneers got to feel the pain of losing in the final seconds along with joy of walking away with a solid win all in the span of three days. First, the lady Pioneers battled Saint Thomas Aquinas College at the Pratt Center on Thursday, January 27th after the game was pushed back a day due to the inclement weather. STAC led for the majority of the game until the lady Pioneers caught up. The game was then shot for shot, with both teams going up and down the court.

With 19 seconds remaining in the game, the Pioneers regained the ball down by one. Holding for the last shot, senior guard Janea Aikens took the final jumper as time expired. Luck was not on the Pioneer’s side, as the ball didn’t make it into the hoop. Aikens lead the team with 17 points while senior Alyssa Lombardi had a team high 12 rebounds in the loss. Briana Sloper led the way for Saint Thomas of Aquinas in the 52-51 victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds.

On Saturday, January 29th, the Lady Pioneers looked to shake off the tough loss from earlier in the week when they headed to Queens College to take on the Knights.  The Pioneers fell behind early, trailing by 8, but by the end of the first half, regained the lead 40-36.

In the second half C.W. Post pulled away, building a lead and never letting it slip away. Junior guard Felicia Joyner had a season high 25 points in the 76-67 victory.  Aikens and Anthia Smith chipped in 13 points while Lombardi had 6 points and led the team with 11 rebounds.  With the victory, the lady Pioneers improved their overall record to 9-9 overall and 7-6 in the East Coast Conference.

The lady Pioneers will begin a three game road trip this week when they take on the University of Bridgeport on Wednesday, February 2nd for a 5pm tipoff, and then travel to Mercy College on Saturday, February 5th for a 1pm start. Both games can be heard on 88.1 FM and


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