CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team notched its first SCIAC Postseason Tournament win in program history as they defeated Chapman 75-62 in the SCIAC Semifinals on Thursday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens advance to the SCIAC Championship for the first time in program history and improve to 21-5 overall.
The Sagehens were led by sophomore Renae Tamura who had a team-high 16 points in the win. First-years Carly Leong and Amara Chidom each had 13 points while Chidom brought down nine rebounds. Senior Keilani Ikehara was also in double-digits with 10 points and also put up quite a stat line with eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals in the win.
Pomona-Pitzer started out with a rough first quarter offensively against the Panthers as they shot just 3-15 from the floor and just one of six from beyond the arc while the Panthers shot 9-16 in first for 56.3% and 2-4 from three. Chapman got the upper hand in the first quarter as they ended the first 10 minutes with a 14-point lead at 22-8.
It was a true tale of two quarters in the first half as the Sagehens flipped the script on the Panthers and outscored Chapman 19-5 in the second quarter. After going down by 14 to end the first quarter, the Sagehens opened up the second with a 17-0 run to take a 25-22 lead over Chapman. The Sagehens played tenacious defense in the second as they held the Panthers to just 2-12 from the field and held the Panthers scoreless for the first eight minutes of the quarter. The Sagehens drew three charges against the Panthers and forced three-straight shot clock violations. Chapman added a few buckets late but the Sagehens came roaring back to get the game back even at 27-27 heading into halftime. Leong led the Sagehens at the break with seven points as Hsia came off of the bench with six.
A much more even style of play in the third quarter but the Sagehens stayed on the offensive as they began to build a lead. Ikehara hit a big three followed by a free-throw on the next possession to give the Sagehens a 47-41 lead with 3:24 to go. Pomona-Pitzer maintained their lead and headed into the fourth with a 51-45 advantage.
Tamura and the Sagehens took over in the fourth as she notched nine of her 16 points in the fourth. Pomona-Pitzer kept its six-point lead over the Panthers and broke the game open after a huge three by first-year Cameron Edward put the Sagehens up 60-51 with 5:53 left in the fourth. Chapman attempted a comeback in the fourth but the Sagehens kept them out of striking distance as they closed out the game at the line and secured their first SCIAC Postseason win in program history.
Up Next: The Sagehens will advance to the SCIAC Championship as they will face CMS on Saturday, February 23rd at 5:00 p.m.