Women's Basketball: Sagehens' Comeback Falls Short In 61-58 Loss To Caltech

Women's Basketball: Sagehens' Comeback Falls Short In 61-58 Loss To Caltech

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team fell to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Caltech 61-58 on Wednesday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.

Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens drop to 0-14 overall and 0-6 in conference play while Caltech improves to 3-13 overall and 1-6 in the SCIAC this season.

The Sagehens were led by senior Alaina Woo who had a team-high 21 points in the loss. Sophomore Keilani Ikehara chipped in with 11 points and senior Kacie Hitomi tallied 10 points.

Caltech was led by Grace Peng who had a team-high 21 points, Elizabeth Eiden had 14 and Samantha D'Costa had 12 points.

The Beavers and Sagehens played a very even first half as both teams began the game trading baskets in the first quarter. Caltech held a slight advantage at the end of the first quarter as they shot 30% from the field opposed to the Sagehens' 29.4% to take a 14-12 lead heading into the second.

Each team came out and tallied 12 points in the second quarter but despite being having the lower shooting percentage, Pomona-Pitzer forced the Beavers to turn the ball over eight times in the half and only trailed 26-24 at halftime.

The Sagehens came out in the second half and quickly took back the lead with some early offense but Caltech responded with a 13-5 run and took a 43-35 lead heading into the fourth.

Caltech expanded its run into the fourth quarter and opened up a 14-point lead over Pomona-Pitzer with 7:24 left in the fourth.

Facing a 14-point deficit, the Sagehens found their offense and sparked a 20-6 run to take a 56-55 lead with 1:57 left to go.

Caltech took back the lead after a made layup by Eiden to take a one-point lead with 39 seconds remaining. The Sagehens were forced to foul but the Beavers were solid from the free-throw line and held off the Sagehens' comeback for their first SCIAC win of the season.

Up Next: The Sagehens continue SCIAC play as they host Occidental on Saturday, January 21st at 5:00 p.m.