Balanced Effort Leads Sagehens To 76-65 Win Over Transylvania

Balanced Effort Leads Sagehens To 76-65 Win Over Transylvania

Claremont, Calif. – Junior guard Alexis Sones (Los Angeles, Calif. - pictured) led five players in double figures with 21 points, and senior guard Asha Gipson (San Diego, Calif.) added a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds as the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team earned a 76-65 win over Transylvania on Saturday afternoon at Voelkel Gymnasium.

The win improves Pomona-Pitzer's record to 2-8 on the season, including two wins in its last three games after an 0-7 start. Transylvania slips to 4-7 on the year with the loss.

The Sagehens trailed 12-0 early, as they did not score a basket until sophomore guard Emi Hashizume (San Mateo, Calif.) hit a three-pointer 6:35 into the contest to break the drought. However, Pomona-Pitzer caught fire from there, as it hit 13 of its last 20 shots in the first half to take a 45-35 lead into halftime behind 12 points from Sones and 11 from Hashizume.

The start of the second half saw the Sagehens score the first six points on lay-ups from freshman guard Ruthie Shapiro (Moraga, Calif.), Sones and Gipson to take a 51-35 lead, its largest lead of the game. After an exchange of three-pointers, though, a 12-0 run from Transylvania saw the lead quickly dwindle down to 54-50 with 11:29 to play.

Hashizume scored four straight points and Sones hit two foul shots to get the lead back up to 10 at 60-50, but once again the Pioneers came back with a 9-0 run to pull within 62-59 with 6:41 left on a lay-up from Jariana Gillespie. The Sagehens, though, answered with a key 9-0 run of their own, capped off by a three-pointer from Hashizume with 4:25 to play, to stretch the lead back up to 71-59, and were able to cruise from there.

Shapiro was also in double figures for Pomona-Pitzer with 13 points, while freshman center Maria Weyhrauch (Juneau, Alaska) came off the bench to add 11 points and eight rebounds. Nicole Coffman led Transylvania with 15 points, while Gillespie had 12 points and a game-high six assists.

The Sagehens will be back in action on Monday, when they host UC Santa Cruz for a 2 p.m. contest.