Second Half Run Leads Linfield Past Sagehens

Second Half Run Leads Linfield Past Sagehens

Claremont, Calif. - The Linfield Women's Basketball team started the second half with a 15-0 run to break the game open and capture a 68-52 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Tuesday evening, spoiling the home opener for the Sagehens at Voelkel Gymnasium.

With the loss, Pomona-Pitzer falls to 0-3 on the season while Linfield earns its first win of the year and improves to 1-4.

Kaely Maltman led Linfield with 16 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists on the day. Pomona-Pitzer had double-doubles from sophomore forward Jenn Okonkwo (16 points, 11 rebounds - pictured), her third straight to start the year, and freshman forward Basha Brulee-Wills (13 points, 11 rebounds) who has two double-doubles in her first three games (and fell one rebound shy against Whitman).

Linfield's run actually totaled 17-0 as the Wildcats scored the last basket of the first half to take a 38-32 lead into the break. With 13:02 left in the game, Taylor Solomon scored a fast-break layup to give Linfield a 53-32 lead, capping off the run. Freshman guard Mary-Clare Bosco hit a three-pointer with 12:46 left to end the long drought for Pomona-Pitzer, but the Sagehens were unable to get closer than 14 the rest of the way.

Solomon tied Maltman for team-high honors with 16 points, while Quincey Gibson added 11 for Linfield. Okonkwo and Brulee-Wills accounted for 31 of and 22 rebounds, while no other Sagehen had more than six points or three boards. Pomona-Pitzer played its third straight game to start the year with a roster of entirely freshmen and sophomores, as its two juniors are both currently out of action (Maria Weyhrauch is studying abroad and Ruthie Shapiro is injured) and the team has no seniors this year.

Pomona-Pitzer will return to action this weekend for the annual David Wells Classic, taking on UC Santa Cruz at CMS on Friday at 5 p.m. and Arizona Christian on Saturday at home at 7 p.m.