CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team fell short in the first game of the Sixth Street Rivalry 85-74 on Wednesday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens fall to 5-3 overall and suffer their first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) loss to drop to 2-1 on the year.
The Sagehens had a trio of players with high scoring numbers as senior Anita Romero led the charge with 19, freshman Kamil English had 18 and freshman Cameron Edward came off of the bench for 17 in the loss.
CMS was led by senior Corinne Bogle who notched a game-high with 31 points in the win.
Both offenses had great nights from the floor. The Athenas shot 50% from the field in the win with the Sagehens coming in at 44.9%. CMS shot 4-11 from three at 36.4% while the Sagehens hit 9-22 for 40.9%. The big difference in the game was on the boards. The Athenas outrebounded the Sagehens 42-19 with 21 of them offensive. CMS also had 28 second chance points while Pomona-Pitzer only put back six of them.
Pomona-Pitzer started out with an early advantage as they jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead, but CMS ended the quarter with a 17-4 run to take a 19-10 lead after the first.
The Athenas pushed their lead to double digits after a layup extended the lead to 28-17 with 6:19 left in the half but the Sagehens came back by way of the three ball after Edward hit back-to-back threes to cut the lead down to 30-26.
CMS gained back its lead towards the end of the half and able to add two more to their total after a foul at the buzzer pushed the lead to 42-29 heading into the locker room. The Athenas built their first half lead with 17 second chance points and 3-6 from beyond the arc.
After being down in the first half, the Sagehens came out and bounced back in the third quarter outscoring CMS 24-19. The Sagehens made a run late in the third quarter after English hit a three pointer and a foul to close the gap to 53-49 with three minutes left to play. The Athenas tacked on a few more baskets before the end of the third and held a 61-53 lead heading into the fourth.
Every time the Sagehens got within striking distance CMS would respond with a few baskets to keep the Sagehens at arm's length away. Pomona-Pitzer had a chance late in the fourth after Edward hit a three to bring the score to just four points at 78-74 with under a minute remaining, but the Athenas were able to close the game out on the foul line to take game one of the Sixth Street Rivalry.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host non-conference opponent UC Santa Cruz on Saturday, December 8th at 5:00 p.m.