CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer women's basketball team defeated the Bethesda Flames 71-61 on Thursday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Pomona-Pitzer was led by Keilani Ikehara who had 18 points and six rebounds. Also in double-digits for the Sagehens was Basha Brulee-Wills with 16 points, Amelia Hummel with 12 and Alaina Woo with 10.
Bethesda was led by Lucille Gleason and Francis Ordonez who each tallied 12 points in the loss for the Flames.
Bethesda started the game off gaining a slight lead over Pomona-Pitzer with a 6-2 run and expanded that lead to 14-7 after a layup by Aunjanay Chambers with 4:34 left in the first quarter.
The Flames maintained their lead over the Sagehens and remained on top with a 20-13 lead.
The Sagehens responded going on 13-5 run to open up the second quarter and tied the game up at 25-25 after a McKenna VanderKley jumper.
The Sagehens forced Bethesda to turn the ball over 12 times during the first half and capitalized with 11 points off of the Flames' turnovers.
Pomona-Pitzer hit some timely shots at the end of the period and was able to hold off the Flames to control a 36-32 lead going into the half.
The Sagehens slowly expanded their lead in the third quarter as their defense kept the Flames quiet on offense throughout the period.
Bethesda only scored nine points in the third period and trailed Pomona-Pitzer 55-45 going into the fourth quarter.
The Flames got hot in the fourth and threatened a comeback as they found themselves only down five points with 6:26 left in the game.
Pomona-Pitzer was able to force some late turnovers and hold off Bethesda as the Sagehens won their second-straight game.
The Sagehens next take the court on January 2nd as they open up conference play against Cal Lutheran.