Woo, Brulee-Wills Help Sagehens Escape With Narrow Win

Woo, Brulee-Wills Help Sagehens Escape With Narrow Win

Claremont, Calif. - Alaina Woo (pictured, photo by Tracy Maple) hit a pivotal three-pointer with 1:34 to go and Basha Brulee-Wills had 26 points and 10 rebounds, including six points in the final minute, as the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team defeated Occidental 69-63 on Wednesday evening at Voelkel Gymnasium. 

With the win, Pomona-Pitzer improves to 5-16 on the season and 4-8 in the SCIAC after completing a season sweep of Occidental, which falls to 4-17 overall and 2-10 in league play. The Sagehens won the first meeting 61-56 at Occidental on Jan. 3, using a late run to overcome a five-point deficit. 

This time around, Pomona-Pitzer led for almost the entire game (36:28, compared to 1:12 with Occidental in the lead), but the Tigers got a big three-pointer from Midori McElwee to take a two-point lead with 1:51 to go. Woo, though, came up with the answer as she swished a three-pointer from deep along the left wing to put Pomona-Pitzer back in front 62-61. 

After the Sagehens earned a stop, Woo threaded the needle with a pass to Brulee-Wills for a lay-up with 45 seconds left to stretch the lead to three points. Brulee-Wills then pulled down her tenth rebound of the game off a missed tying three-point attempt and was fouled, hitting both ends of a pressure one-and-one to put the Sagehens ahead 66-61. 

After Occidental got a bucket in the paint from Kendahl Wallis-Lang with 17 seconds left to close within three, Brulee-Wills was fouled again for a one-and-one and knocked down two more, capping off a perfect 12-12 day at the foul line to help give her 26 points. Occidental missed a three-pointer on its next possession, and the Sagehens were able to hang on. 

Brulee-Wills recorded her ninth double-double in 12 SCIAC contests, as she entered the game leading the conference in both scoring and rebounding in league games. Woo was 6-11 from the floor and 5-5 from the line for her 19 points, while junior forward Amelia Hummel had 10 points (including 4-4 at the line) and seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Kacie Hitomi had a solid floor game with six assists, one turnover and five steals, two of which came late in the contest to help the Sagehens get key stops.

Tiffany Kho led Occidental with 19 points, including 5-7 from beyond the arc, and six assists. Grace Baranowski also had 10 points off the bench for the Tigers. Pomona-Pitzer shot 22-25 from the line as a team on the night, including 15 straight makes to start the game before finally missing. 

Pomona-Pitzer is back in action on Saturday when it hosts Caltech for a 2 p.m. contest.