Women's Basketball: Dominant First Half Bring Sagehens Lopsided Victory

Women's Basketball: Dominant First Half Bring Sagehens Lopsided Victory

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball Team finished the David Wells Classic undefeated after winning against University of Dallas 66 to 37. The Sagehens' depth shone through on Saturday evening as the bench combined for 44 points. Madison Quan led the team in scoring with 12 points off the bench while starting guard Kamil English recorded eight points, six rebounds, and six assists. The Sagehens' defense shut down the Dallas, holding them to a 21.1% shooting percentage and forced them to 17 turnovers. In addition, Amara Chidom delivered a season-high six blocks in the low post.  

Season Impact: The victory improves the Sagehens' record to 3-2.

Trailing 6-4 early in the first quarter, the Sagehens' offense came alive with a huge 13-0 run that lasted until the end of the period. After back-to-back buckets from Chidom and Keilani Ikehara, Chidom ignited a fast break with a steal and got the ball to Carly Leong who scored an and-one layup on the break. Chidom continued to make an impact on the next possession, blocking a jumper from Faith Starnes of Dallas. Quan later hit two consecutive threes to extend the lead 17-6. A jumper from Anita Romero off a pass by English was the final bucket of the quarter as the Sagehens took a comfortable 19-6 lead into the second quarter.

Vanessa Hsia picked up where the Sagehens' left off, scoring a jumper to start the second quarter. With 5:21 left in the half, Cameron Edward fired a three off an assist from English to extend the lead 26-9. With 2:53 winding down the half, Kamil English flashed her scoring brilliance, hitting back-to-back threes to put the lead up 20. They led 34-15 at the half.

The Sagehens were determined to extend the lead and put the game far out of reach in the third quarter. Edward made sure of it, hitting a jumper to start the quarter. After Hsia got a block in the post, the English grabbed the deflection and threw it to Leong. Leong found Edward for another jumper to extend the lead 38-15. Edward later converted a three and Chidom followed with a layup to extend the lead 45-20. They led 48-23 at the end of the quarter.

The two sides traded baskets in the final period, as the game looked more out of reach as the clock winded down. With 3:23 left in the game, Lindsey Krill scored a layup off an inside pass by Quan to make it 58-32. Dallas struggled to get back in the game as the Sagehens won 66-37.

Up Next: The Sagehens will begin SCIAC play on Wednesday, November 28 as they travel to University of Redlands to take on the Bulldogs at 7:00 p.m.