CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team opened up the 2018 David Wells Classic with a big 71-60 win over non-conference opponent TCNJ on Friday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: with the win, the Sagehens improve to 2-2 overall.
The Sagehens had three starters reach double digit scoring numbers. Leading the way was freshman Kamil English who notched a career-high with 19 points, six rebounds and four steals. Freshman Carly Leong went 7-13 from the floor and notched 18 points while senior Anita Romero tallied her first double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Pomona-Pitzer played a complete game on both sides of the ball as they shot 44.8% from the field, outrebounded the Lions 36-33 and forced 23 turnovers on defense. The Sagehens also came away with 15 offensive rebounds while only giving away 11 to TCNJ.
The Lions started out with a solid first quarter, the only quarter in which they outscored the Sagehens. TCNJ help its largest lead of the quarter after a pair of made free throws gave the Lions a 17-11 lead with 1:13 to play. The Sagehens were able to close out the quarter with a few buckets and closed to gap to 18-16 heading into the second.
TCNJ had the advantage to start the second quarter as well with six-straight points to take their largest lead of the game over the Sagehens at 24-16 with 7:34 to go in the half. The Sagehens battled back and eventually tied the game at 28-28 with a 12-4 run capped off by a Romero jumper with 2:33 left in the second. Pomona-Pitzer nailed back-to-back threes by freshman Cameron Edward and Leong to take a 34-30 lead heading into the locker room.
The Sagehens blew the game wide open in the third quarter as they played outscored TCNJ 26-19. The defense held the Lions to just 38.5% from the floor in the third while they also forced six turnovers. Leong and sophomore Renae Tamura led the charge for the Sagehens on offense as Leong put down eight of her 18 points in the third while Tamura chipped in with six of her own. The Sagehens went up double digits late in the third quarter and closed out the third with a late layup by freshman Vanessa Hsia to extend their lead to 60-49 to start the fourth.
Pomona-Pitzer played even ball with the Lions in the fourth with both teams scoring 11 points each. The Sagehens were able to ride their strong third quarter as they glided to a big win in game one of the 2018 David Wells Classic.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next take on University of Dallas in day two of David Wells at neutral site host CMS on Saturday, November 24th at 4:30 p.m.