CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team is set to begin its 2018-19 season with a home opener against non-conference opponent George Fox on Friday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m.
The Sagehens ended 2018 with an 8-17 overall record and 5-11 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Head Coach Jill Pace enters her third season at the helm of the program and looks to compete at the top of the conference with a new look Sagehen squad.
"It's been exciting to watch our team come together over the past few weeks," said Pace. "We bring back a solid group of returners with some great senior leadership. That, coupled with our group of new players, has made for a fun preseason and we are ready to hit the ground running tomorrow night."
Leading the way for the returners are seniors Keilani Ikehara, Anita Romero, Naomi Baer and Zoe Hunt. Ikehara will lead the offense this season at the guard position as she averaged just under 10 points per game last season at 9.9 and led the team with 4.1 assists per game. Ikehara will be a good scoring option for the Sagehens and a constant threat from beyond the arc. Romero will handle the paint as she led all returners with 12.3 PPG last season and 8.1 rebounds per game. Baer and Hunt will work into the lineup for the Sagehens throughout the season as Baer appeared in 17 games a season ago and Hunt came off of the bench for 10 of them.
A thin group below the senior class as the Sagehens bring back one junior in Sophie True and one sophomore in Renae Tamura. True will return after appearing in 22 games last season with four starts. Tamura made a big impact during her first collegiate season as she started in all 25 games she appeared in and averaged 10.9 PPG with 4.7 RPG and second on the team in assists with 2.6 per game.
Pomona-Pitzer brings in a large group of first year players to round out their squad. Eight new faces for the Sagehens this season with the additions of five guards in Kamil English, Madison Quan, Cameron Edward, Carly Leong and D'Airyress Lewis-Mayfield and three forwards in Lindsey Krill, Amara Chidom and Vanessa Hsia. The Sagehens will rely on multiple freshmen to play big roles in the rotation this season with a few options to move into the starting lineup.
Pomona-Pitzer will look to jump out to a good start this year with their first four games at home to start the season before playing one non-conference game across the street in the David Wells Classic and then begin SCIAC play on the road as they head to Redlands on November 28th.