Sagehen Comeback Falls Short As Chapman Wins 52-44

Sagehen Comeback Falls Short As Chapman Wins 52-44

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team cut a 20-point second-half deficit down to eight points but couldn't creep closer as it fell 52-44 to Chapman on Thursday evening at Voelkel Gymnasium.

The loss drops Pomona-Pitzer to 4-8 overall and 2-3 in the SCIAC on the season, as the Sagehens were playing without leading scorer Jenn Okonkwo (ill). Chapman improves to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the SCIAC with the win.

Pomona-Pitzer was led by freshman Basha Brulee-Wills with 15 points, while sophomore forward Amelia Hummel added a game-high 11 rebounds and four steals.

Chapman started the game on a 10-0 run and led 29-16 at the break. A pair of second half three-pointers from Kimi Takaoka (17 points) built the lead up to 39-19 early in the second stanza.

The Sagehens hung tough, though, and cut the lead all the way down to 45-37 on a three-pointer from freshman Mary-Clare Bosco (pictured) with 8:30 left. Pomona-Pitzer had several chances to cut the deficit even closer, but the Chapman defense was able to keep the Sagehens from coming all the way back.

Takaoka was the only player in double figures for the Panthers with her 17 points on 6-9 shooting, while Sandra Gao added eight points and 10 rebounds.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Saturday for a road contest at Whittier, beginning at 7 p.m.