Women's Basketball: Quan's Clutch Shooting Clinches Sagehens Victory

Women's Basketball: Quan's Clutch Shooting Clinches Sagehens Victory

CLAREMONT, CA.- The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball Team completed their regular season sweep over the University of Redlands on Wednesday night, winning at home 71-70. It was a brilliant team effort by the Sagehens as they out-rebounded the Bulldogs 36-31 and clamped them down in a close fourth quarter to hang on for the victory. Madison Quan led the team with 15 points off the bench, including a crucial stretch where she scored 11 straight points with the final five minutes of the game. Carly Leong added 14 points with six assists and Amara Chidom had 10 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.

Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 16-5 record overall and 10-2 in the SCIAC, remaining in second in the SCIAC standings.

The Bulldogs established themselves early in the game, playing solid defense, while creating open looks to build a 7-2 lead. However, the Sagehens managed to close the gap towards the end of the first quarter while trailing 16-10 thanks to some brilliant play by Chidom. The first year center hit a jumper and proceeded to block a layup attempt by Jerrier in the next possession. Quan found Chidom open beneath the paint for another jumper to close the gap 16-14. After the Bulldogs took a basket back, Quan drove past her defender into the open paint for a layup. Quan later assisted Renae Tamura for a layup with 1:02 left in the period to tie the game 18-18, but the Bulldogs took back the lead thanks to a three-pointer by Alyssa Downs.

Chidom opened up the second quarter with a baseline jumper and Cameron Edward followed with a three-pointer to give the Sagehens their first lead of the night 23-21. Chidom continued the run with two straight baskets and Edward drove in for a layup to make it 29-21 with 6:48 left in the half, capping an 11-0 run. The Bulldogs rallied back with an 8-0 run, but in the dying seconds of the half, Kamil English extended the Sagehens' lead with a baseline layup to help the Sagehens lead 34-31 at halftime.

The two sides continued to battle closely in the third quarter, but with 5:23 left, the Sagehens managed to pull away. Leading 44-41, Leong was fouled on a layup attempt and made both free throws, and English followed with a three-pointer to extend the lead 49-41. However, an 8-0 run by the Bulldogs tied up the game with 1:19 left in the period. With the game tied at 50 apiece and the clock winding down, Tamura sank an elbow jumper to beat the buzzer, giving the Sagehens a 52-50 lead in the final period.

The Bulldogs opened the final quarter with a 14-4 run, creating open layups and playing tough defense on the Sagehens. With 4:59 left in the game and trailing 64-56, the Sagehens found new life thanks to the scoring clinic by Quan. After dribbling past her defender at ease for a layup, Quan hit a three from the left corner off a pass by Keilani Ikehara. On the next offensive set, Ikehara found Quan in the same spot for another three to tie the game at 64 with 4:01 left. After a big defensive stop and a board by Chidom, Quan received a pass by Leong and banked a three from the left corner to give the Sagehens a 67-64 lead.

With 36 seconds left in the game and the Sagehens ahead 67-66, Quan dribbled off a screen by Chidom and managed to score a layup over three defenders for the dagger. The Sagehens held on for the 71-70 victory.

 

Up Next: The Sagehens will play again on Saturday, February 2 as they travel to Orange, CA to face Chapman University at 2:00 p.m.