LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Pomona-Pitzer women's basketball team defeated Occidental 61-60 on a late basket by junior Basha Brulee-Wills on Tuesday night at Rush Gymnasium.
Occidental was led by Triana Anderson who came off the bench to score 17 points for the Tigers. Dru Ishibashi also came off the bench and scored 16 points in the loss.
The Sagehens started out the game with a 7-4 advantage before Occidental went on a 10-0 run capped off by an Anderson three-point basket with 2:37 left in the first quarter.
Pomona-Pitzer came back to reclaim the lead at 22-21 after Melissa Hooke drove inside and hit a layup at the 6:43 mark in the second quarter.
The Tigers responded with a 7-0 run to end the half and went into the locker room with a slight 32-31 advantage over the Sagehens at the break.
Pomona-Pitzer and Occidental continued their battle in the third quarter as the tigers shot 41% from the field in the quarter but the Sagehens connected on all three of their three-point shots as the game went into the fourth quarter all tied up at 48-48.
Much like the rest of the game, the fourth quarter was a close contest as neither team held a lead greater than four points.
Brulee-Wills hit one of two free throws with 1:57 left to go in the game as the Tigers and Sagehens were all tied up at 57-57.
Occidental responded immediately with a big three-point basket by Ishibashi as the Tigers took a three point lead. The Sagehens responded as Brulee-Wills came down the floor and hit a layup to cut the deficit down to just one point.
Pomona-Pitzer came up with a big defensive stop on the next possession and Brulee-Wills grabbed the defensive rebound and ran the floor to hit the go ahead basket with only eight seconds remaining.
Erin Matsumoto had a chance to win the game for Occidental with a last second three-pointer but it didn't fall and the Sagehens stole a win on the road from Occidental.
With this win, the Sagehens are one game out of the four spot in the SCIAC behind Redlands.
The Sagehens next take the court as they travel to rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Thursday, February 18th at 7:30 p.m.