Sagehens Ride Defense To 20-Point Win At Whittier

Sagehens Ride Defense To 20-Point Win At Whittier

Whittier, Calif. – The Pomoma-Pitzer Women's Basketball team held Whittier for scoreless for a span of just over 10 minutes in the first half to take control of the game and cruise to a 65-45 win over the Poets on Saturday evening.

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 5-8 overall on the season and 3-3 in the SCIAC. Whittier drops to 0-13 overall and 0-5 in the SCIAC with the loss. Freshman forward Basha Brulee-Wills (pictured) led the way for Pomona-Pitzer with 19 points.

The Poets led 10-4 after a three-pointer at the 15:06 mark of the first half, but did not score again until 5:03 remained, as the Sagehens used a 16-0 run to pull ahead 20-10. The run was capped off by two straight old-fashioned three-point plays from Brulee-Wills.

Whittier was still within 27-18 with 1:10 left in the half, but Pomona-Pitzer used a quick 8-0 run to take a commanding 35-18 lead into the break. Freshman guard Kacie Hitomi started the run with two foul shots, sophomore forward Alice Timken hit a short jumper, Hitomi drove to the basket for a layup, and junior guard Ruthie Shapiro capped it off with a steal and lay-up with 11 seconds left.

Whittier had a quick run to get within 36-24 with 17:48 left on a Kaylah Alexander lay-up, forcing a Pomona-Pitzer timeout, but the Sagehens fought off the rally and didn't led the Poets cut the lead inside double figures. With the score 45-33 and 8:44 left, Pomona-Pitzer went on a 9-0 run to build its lead up to 21 points (54-33) on a Timken lay-up off a feed from sophomore forward Amelia Hummel with 6:01 to play.

Brulee-Wills was the only Sagehen in double figures, but she did have help from other sources, as Timken had nine points (3-6 FG, 3-4 FT) and Hitomi had seven (2-2 FG, 3-4 FT). Hummel added six points, nine rebounds and five steals, and Shapiro had four points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Thursday, when it travels to Occidental for a 7:30 p.m. contest.