Second Half Run Propels Saint Joseph's Past Pomona-Pitzer

Second Half Run Propels Saint Joseph's Past Pomona-Pitzer

Claremont, Calif. - Teresa Mangan had 16 of her 27 points during a pivotal 18-0 run in the second half as the Saint Joseph's College (Brooklyn) Women's Basketball team surged past Pomona-Pitzer for a 67-60 win on Saturday evening at Voelkel Gymnasium.

With the win, Saint Joseph's improves to 5-6 on the year, while Pomona-Pitzer, which was led by 19 points from senior guard Alexis Sones (Los Angeles, Calif. - pictured) and 18 from freshman guard Juliah Shay Kim (Bakersfield, Calif.) falls to 0-8.

In addition to the 27 points from Mangan, the Bears also received 26 points and 15 rebounds from Samantha Retas.

The Sagehens led 42-41 at the break and used a stifling defense to hold Saint Joseph's to just six points in the first 14 minutes of the second half, pulling ahead 54-47 with 6:54 left on a fast break lay-up from Sones.

However, Mangan then stepped up with a huge run of 16 points in a span of 3:14 as the Bears exploded for a 65-54 lead. She started the run with a three-pointer and then picked up a steal in the backcourt and went in for a lay-up to make the score 54-52 with 5:44 left.

After two foul shots from Retas tied the score with 5:05 to play, Mangan hit three consecutive three-pointers in a 90-second span (at 4:32, 3:40 and 2:59) to suddenly put the Bears ahead by nine points at 63-54, as the third one rattled around the rim for several seconds before falling through the net.

A blocked shot from Taylor Raccuglia then led to a two-on-one fast break, as Mangan worked a give-and-go with Retas to finish off the 18-0 run with a lay-up at the 2:39 mark. Kim ended the run with a lay-up with 1:48 to play for the Sagehens, but Retas answered right back with a jumper to prevent a late comeback.

Pomona-Pitzer took a 42-41 lead at halftime on the strength of red-hot three-point shooting, as it was 8-11 from beyond the arc in the first half, including 4-6 by Sones. However, the Sagehens were 0-6 from three-point territory in the second half and 6-29 from the floor overall after the break.

Mangan finished the day shooting 10-18 from the floor with seven three-pointers (7-13), while Retas was 8-14 from the floor and 4-6 on threes.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action when it resumes SCIAC play with a home game against Whittier on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.