Sagehens Drop Heartbreaker To La Verne In Overtime

Sagehens Drop Heartbreaker To La Verne In Overtime

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team never trailed in the second half, but La Verne was able to come from behind to force overtime and earn a 68-65 win over the Sagehens on Saturday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.

With the loss, Pomona-Pitzer falls to 6-10 overall and 4-5 in the SCIAC on the season, while La Verne sees its record improve to 11-7 overall and 6-3 in league play.

Freshman forward Basha Brulee-Wills (pictured - photo by Paul Messana) had 23 points and nine rebounds after missing the previous two games with an injury, and sophomore forward Jenn Okonkwo added 15 points and nine rebounds. However, both players fouled out in overtime, opening the door for the Leopards to seize the win.

Pomona-Pitzer led 30-24 at the break and maintained a steady lead for most of the second half, going ahead by 11 points at 39-28 on an Okonkwo lay-up with 16:08 to go, and fighting off a La Verne rally to go ahead by nine at 53-44 with 7:04 left on a Brulee-Wills lay-up.

After La Verne rallied again to close to three on a Shannon Irwin lay-up with 2:57 to go, Brulee-Wills knocked down two foul shots to make the score 58-53 with 2:19 left. However, Riki Murakami hit a key three-pointer to close to two, and Emily Myers made two foul shots with 1:02 left to tie the score at 58-58.

Each team went 1-2 at the line down the stretch, as Jasmine Bush made the second of two to tie it for the Leopards with 20 seconds left. Sophomore forward Alice Timken took a contested shot from 15 feet out in the closing seconds, but it hit off the rim to force the overtime.

Brulee-Wills had a three-point play on the first possession of overtime and added two foul shots with 2:57 to put the Sagehens ahead 64-62. However, Bush scored on a put-back to tie it and drew the fourth foul on Brulee-Wills, and a loose ball foul at the other end on Brulee-Wills forced her to the bench. Tiffany Hicks made one of two at the line to give the Leopards the lead for good, and Murikami hit 3-of-4 down the stretch to help seal it.

Myers had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Leopards to lead her team's offensive output, while Gaby Moura-Hayes added 12 points.

Pomona-Pitzer returns to action on Thursday when it travels to Redlands for a 7:30 p.m. contest.