REDLANDS, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team fell to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Redlands 61-59 on Saturday night at Currier Gymnasium.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens drop to 0-13 on the year and start out 0-5 in conference play while Redlands improves to 6-8 overall and 3-2 in the SCIAC this season.
The Bulldogs were led by Reyna Ta'amu who had a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds. Jade Cheldelin chipped in with 15 points and 13 rebounds for Redlands.
The Sagehens stayed even with the Bulldogs in the first quarter as both team got out to a nice start on offense. After the game was tied at 10-10, the Bulldogs closed the quarter outscoring the Sagehens 8-4 and held an 18-14 lead heading into the second.
Redlands got off to a fast start in the second as they opened up the quarter on a 6-2 run to extend its lead to 24-16. The Sagehens had a tough first half on offense but only trailed the Bulldogs 29-23 at the half despite shooting only 25% from the field.
Pomona-Pitzer came out and found its offense early in the second half and immediately cut the lead down to just three points at 31-28 with 8:37 remaining in the third quarter.
The teams went back and forth with multiple different runs but the Sagehens held the deficit close at the end of the third quarter as they only trailed 45-40 entering the fourth quarter.
The Sagehens came out and connected on two quick shots and tied the game up for the first time since the first quarter at 45-45. Pomona-Pitzer eventually took their first lead of the second half after a Woo layup made the score 49-48 with 6:42 to go.
The Bulldogs came back to tie the game several times throughout the fourth quarter but the Sagehens always had an answer to consistently play from in front and put pressure on the Redlands' offense.
The Bulldogs finally reclaimed the lead with just 1:00 left in the game after Cheldelin converted an and-one layup to take a 60-59 lead.
After an offensive rebound on a missed free throw attempt, The Bulldogs were able to regain control of the ball and run out the remainder of the clock to hold on for the narrow victory.
"I'm proud of the way we competed tonight", said Head Coach Jill Pace. "Our players stepped up in big moments, hit big shots and got big stops. It was a fun game with a great atmosphere, and we are looking forward to building off of that energy in our preparation for the coming week."
Up Next: The Sagehens will continue SCIAC play as they host Caltech on Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m.