Women's Basketball: Pomona-Pitzer Drops Road Game At Whittier 78-54

Women's Basketball: Pomona-Pitzer Drops Road Game At Whittier 78-54

WHITTIER, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team fell to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Whittier 78-54 on Wednesday night.

Season impact: With the loss, the Sagehens fall to 0-16 overall and 0-8 in SCIAC play while Whittier improves to 5-13 overall and 4-5 in conference play this season.

The Sagehens were led by sophomore Keilani Ikehara who tallied a team-high 18 points and four rebounds in the loss. Sophomore Anita Romero chipped in with 14 points and four rebounds as well.

The Poets were led by the pair of Cali Cubel and Emilee Dy who each tallied a game-high 20 points in the win. Ana Youngblood contributed a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Daniza Rodriguez tallied 10 points.

The Sagehens got out to a nice start in the first half against the Poets as they jumped out to a slight lead at 7-5 after an Ikehara three-pointer with 6:45 left in the first quarter. Whittier came back with some consecutive successful offensive possessions to reclaim the lead but the Sagehens stayed within striking distance as they only trailed 17-16 heading into the second quarter.

Pomona-Pitzer jumped out with four straight points to open up the second quarter to take a 20-17 lead but once again the Poets responded and controlled the lead for the reminder of the quarter and held a 38-31 lead over the Sagehens at halftime.

The Sagehens made a run earlier in the third quarter to cut it down to just a three point game at 44-41 but the Poets offense exploded on a 17-2 run to end the quarter and led 61-43 heading into the fourth.

The Whittier run in the third quarter proved to be the difference as the Sagehens failed to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter and fell to the Poets on the road.

Up Next: Pomona-Pitzer will continue SCIAC play as they next host SCIAC rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday, January 28th at 5:00 p.m.