CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer women's basketball team fell to cross-street rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Roberts Pavilion on Thursday night, losing 76-51. The Sagehens managed to keep it close with the Athenas, leading by five at a certain point in the second quarter, but a wild second half by the Athenas put the game out of reach.
Season Impact: The loss puts the Sagehens with a 6-16 record overall and 3-10 in the SCIAC while the Athenas improve to 20-3 overall and 13-1 in the conference.
Anita Romero led the Sagehens with 14 points whie Keilani Ikehara had six rebounds with seven points. Kailee Severt scored 28 points for the Athenas while Kate Parrish had a double-double off the bench with 10 points and 10 boards.
The Athenas got off to a hot start, attacking the paint to build a quick 8-2 lead. Trailing 10-4 and with the shot clock winding down to five seconds, Ikehara split the defense and drove in the paint. She found Romero beneath the basket for the easy feed to make it 10-6 and spur the momentum in the Hens' favor. Bayangos kept the run going with a catch-and-shoot three-pointer from the top of the perimeter to bring the Hens within one. Later Naomi Baer nabbed a big steal which led to a transition three by Ikehara to tie the game at 12 apiece. CMS responded with a short run to build a 20-16 lead. In the final second, Ikehara heaved a half-court prayed that banked in, but the shot was not released in time.
The Sagehens started the second quarter with a 9-1 run sparked by a Baer three-pointer to take the lead. While the offense got hot, the Hens' defense held the Athenas to 0-for-8 shooting during the run to preserve a 25-21 lead. However, the Athenas broke out of the drought and battled back, but the Hens responded with timely baskets. Trailing 31-26, the Athenas closed the half with an 8-0 run to take a 34-31 lead at halftime.
Kailee Severt caught fire in the third quarter, hitting four consecutive three-pointers to extend the lead. The Sagehens looked to respond with a rally of their own, but the Athenas swung the momentum in their favor. CMS led 62-37 at the end of the third.
The offense cooled off for CMS in the final period as the Hens looked to bring the game to striking distance. However, the game slowed down into a gritty affair as neither side was able to swing on a huge run. The Hens could not cover the deficit as CMS closed out the game.
Up Next: The Sagehens travel again to face Cal Lutheran on Saturday, February 10 at 4 p.m. Pomona-Pitzer won the last meeting back on January 6, 49-43.