LIU Post women’s basketball snatches narrow victory In ECC opener

LIU Post women’s basketball snatches narrow victory In ECC opener
LIU women's basketball team warms up (Photo provided by Nick Barbanara)

By Jada Butler & Nicholas Mattina

The LIU Post women’s basketball team faced the University of Bridgeport in the first game of the East Coast Conference on Wednesday, Dec. 6. After a long off-season tour, they returned to their home court to clinch a 68-61 victory.

The Pioneers are coming from 4-4 in the last eight games of the off-season.

“The biggest change we need to work on is our start; we always start games slow,” Mikaiya Moore, sophomore forward, said before the Dec. 6 game. “We need to start upbeat, have high energy and that will keep the pace of the game. Start well, finish well.”

The Pioneers started strong on Dec. 6, jumping to a 9-2 lead five minutes into the contest. Bridgeport answered back with a 12-6 run to cut its deficit to one (15-14), but the Pioneers secured a 30-26 lead into the break.

Halfway through the third frame, the Pioneers took a 10 point lead over Bridgeport (42-32), but Bridgeport came back with a 10-2 tally to pull the score within two points (44-42).

Towards the end of the second half, Bridgeport once again were within a basket of the Pioneers (63-61), with 1:08 to play. In the final minute of the game, the Pioneers pulled ahead to score the 68-61 victory.

Moore tallied a team-best 17 points and went 7-for-10 from the charity stripe. Shannon Doyle, junior guard, had 14 points and two rebounds, and Dominique Williams, sophomore guard, scored nine points.

The Pioneers will continue on to game two of the conference on Saturday, Dec. 9, when they take on Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry at 12 p.m.

This article was originally published in the Pioneer, the award-winning student newspaper of LIU Post,, and is republished here by Blank Slate Media with the permission of the Pioneer.

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