CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team came up short against non-conference opponent No. 10 George Fox 81-67 on Friday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens open the year 0-1.
The Sagehens were led by freshman Carly Leong who had an impressive start to her collegiate career with 18 points and five steals in the loss. Senior Anita Romero tallied 14 points and seven rebounds while freshman Kamil English was also in double-digits with 10 points in her collegiate debut.
George Fox was led by Emily Holder who came off of the bench and led the game with 23 points and eight rebounds. The Bruins had three starters in double-digits as well with Emily Spencer and Hailey Hartney with 12 and Matney Jamieson with 10.
The Sagehens came out looking for a big upset win in their home opener and had their work cut out for them against the No. 10 ranked Bruins of George Fox. Pomona-Pitzer stayed right with the Bruins in the first quarter. George Fox went up early with a 13-7 lead but the Sagehens came fighting back to narrow the gap to just two points with George Fox leading 17-15 after the first.
Pomona-Pitzer took over in the second with their most impressive quarter of the night as they outscored the Bruins 21-10. The Sagehen defense went to work as they forced eight turnovers in the quarter while Leong netted seven of her 18 points in the second quarter alone as the Sagehens went into the half with a 36-27 lead.
The Bruins came out of halftime and made some adjustments to help them climb back into the game. George Fox kicked up its full court press that aided them in forcing 10 turnovers in the third quarter alone. Both teams struggled from the field but the difference came at the foul line where George Fox went 12-12 from the stripe. The Bruins fought all the way back and took over the lead after a pair of free throws gave them a 45-44 advantage with 2:18 left in the third. George Fox kept the lead for the remainder of the third as the two teams went into the fourth quarter with the Bruins up 51-49.
The Sagehens had trouble against the Bruins' press early in the fourth as well that caused some early turnovers. George Fox was able to take advantage to grow its lead to 64-55 midway through the quarter. However, the Sagehens battled back and cut the lead down to just four points at 66-62 with 3:22 to go after a pair of Romero free throws, but he Bruins were able to get some good looks late and converted on their late free throws to hold off the Sagehens and avoid the upset
Up Next: The Sagehens return to action on Saturday, November 10th at 5:00 p.m. as they host non-conference opponent Bethesda University.