Sagehens Threaten First-Place Chapman, Come Up Short

Sagehens Threaten First-Place Chapman, Come Up Short

Orange, Calif. - Kimi Takaoka had 34 points as the Chapman Women's Basketball team maintained its share of first place in the SCIAC with a hard-fought win over Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday.

With the win, Chapman improves to 18-5 on the year and 12-2 in SCIAC play. Pomona-Pitzer falls to 7-15 overall and 5-9 in the league.

The Sagehens were the ones who looked like they were playing for first place for most of the game, taking a 34-30 lead into halftime and pulling ahead 41-34 early in the second half on a three-pointer from freshman guard Alaina Woo.

Chapman was able to get back even at 47-47 with 12:34 left, and then took a 52-51 lead with 10:23 to go on a three-pointer from Andrea Villanueva. A Maria Weyhrauch jumper put Pomona-Pitzer back up 55-54 with 8:54 left, but Chapman rattled off an 8-0 run to go ahead 62-55 with 6:06 left.

The Sagehens responded, though, as Woo hit another three-pointer off a kickout pass from sophomore forward Jenn Okonkwo, and Okonkwo followed with a short jumper to make it 62-60 with 4:59 on the clock. Sandra Gao, though, hit a jumper to Chapman and Takaoka hit two jumpers of her own to push the lead back up to 68-60 with 2:31 to go, and Pomona-Pitzer was unable to put together a rally late.

The Sagehens placed four players in double figures, as Okonkwo (pictured) had 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, freshman forward Basha Brulee-Wills had 13 points, Woo had 12, and sophomore forward Amelia Hummel had 11. Chapman got almost all of its offense from Takaoka (34) and Gao (16), as nobody else scored more than six.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Thursday for a road game at La Verne before closing out the season at home against Occidental on Saturday.