Chapman Shoots Past Sagehens

Chapman Shoots Past Sagehens

Orange, Calif. – Guards Kimi Takaoka (8-13) and Andrea Villanueva (7-9) shot a combined 15-22 as the Chapman Women's Basketball team captured a 64-49 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Thursday evening.

With the win, Chapman improves to 18-5 overall and 10-4 in the SCIAC, while the Sagehens slip to 5-14 overall and 4-8 in conference play. Pomona-Pitzer was led by senior guard Vanessa Ho (San Francisco, Calif. - pictured) with 15 points on 5-8 shooting, while freshman forward Amelia Hummel (Glenview, Ill.) added 13.

Pomona-Pitzer did a good job of hanging around in the first half as the Panthers threatened to break the game open several times, but had to settle for a 33-25 lead at the break. An 11-0 Chapman run early made the score 11-4, but the Sagehens got back within 11-8 quickly after a three-pointer from Ho. Takaoka heated up from outside to put Chapman ahead 24-14, before the Sagehens scored the next seven points to get the lead back down to 24-21, before the Panthers extended it to eight at halftime.

Takaoka was 6-7 from the floor in the first half, including 4-4 from three-point territory, while Villanueva was 5-6 for 10 points in the opening stanza.

Takaoka then opened the second half with a fifth straight three-pointer and a foul for a four-point play to make the score 37-25 before the Sagehens could get their hands on the ball. Emily McCoy then had three straight baskets for the Panthers to make the score 47-29 with 14:29 left, and give Chapman control of the game.

Pomona-Pitzer did keep fighting, and cut a 20-point lead (53-33) down to 10 (55-45) with 5:47 left on a Maria Weyhrauch (Juneau, Alaska) lay-up, but the Sagehens were unable to get the lead down to single digits down the stretch.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Saturday, when they travel to Cal Lutheran for a 5 p.m. contest.