Hummel's Late Lay-Up Gives Sagehens 57-55 Win At La Sierra

Hummel's Late Lay-Up Gives Sagehens 57-55 Win At La Sierra

Riverside, Calif. - Freshman forward Amelia Hummel (Glenview, Ill. - pictured) got behind the defense for a go-ahead lay-up with 15 seconds remaining as the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team defeated La Sierra 57-55 on Thursday evening.

With the win, Pomona-Pitzer improves to 4-13 on the year, while La Sierra sees its record fall to 11-14.

The second half was tight the whole way, as the Sagehens took a 33-28 lead into the break, but La Sierra scored the first seven points of the second stanza, and neither team led by more than four the rest of the way.

With the score tied 50-50, freshman forward Jenn Okonkwo (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) scored underneath the basket off a feed from senior point guard Vanessa Ho (San Francisco, Calif.), and Ho followed with a tough runner on the right baseline to make the score 54-50 with less than three minutes to play.

With less than a minute to go, La Sierra pulled within two on a Brittani Walker lay-up, and after the Sagehens made one of two at the line, the Golden Eagles tied it with a deep three-pointer from Natalia Hawthorne with 31.7 seconds left.

With the game clock and shot clock separated by only 1.7 seconds, La Sierra threw on a stifling fullcourt press, but the Sagehens were able to break it and get into the offensive half. Before the Golden Eagles could get their defense set, Hummel came free along the left baseline, took a pass and went up for the go ahead lay-up.

La Sierra called a timeout with 10 seconds left to try to set up a tying basket, but freshman forward Alice Timken (Albany, Calif.) poked the ball free from behind and the clock ran out as the ball bounced harmlessly through the paint.

Hummel finished with nine points and seven rebounds for the Sagehens, while senior guard Alexis Sones (Los Angeles, Calif.) paced the team with 13 points, Okonkwo added 12 points and eight rebounds, and Timken had a game-high 11 rebounds.  Hawthorne finished with a game-high 27 points for La Sierra.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Saturday when it returns to SCIAC play for a 5 p.m. game against Caltech.