CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team fell in a close battle in the Sixth Street Rivalry to CMS 60-52 on Saturday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: with the loss, the Sagehens drop to 1-7 overall and 0-3 in SCIAC play.
The Sagehens were led by Anita Romero who had an inspiring performance with a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Keilani Ikehara also registered double-digits with 12 points and Sophie True chipped in with six.
The Sagehens came out and opened up the first quarter on an 8-4 run as Romero came out with back-to-back jumpers to get the Sagehens on top. The Athenas had chances at the hoop early on but the Sagehens' defense forced contested shots and came up with a few turnovers to preserve their lead.
CMS chipped away at the lead in the last few minutes of the first quarter but the Sagehens still held a 13-10 lead heading into the second quarter.
Romero got things going with an and-one right out of the gate to start the second quarter to keep the Sagehens' lead at 16-12 but the Athenas battled back and closed the gap to 20-19 after a three by Kailee Severt with 4:30 left to go in the first half.
After watching CMS cut the deficit down to just one point, Pomona-Pitzer ended the half on a 10-4 run and took a 30-23 lead heading into the locker room.
The Athenas came out and got some good looks from inside the paint as they opened the third with the nine of the first 11 points to tie the game at 32-32. The Sagehens held their ground and refused to give up their lead to CMS. Pomona-Pitzer regrouped on defense and got back to their first-half ways of contesting shots and forcing CMS into tough offensive chances.
Pomona-Pitzer held the Athenas to just 36 points through three quarters and held CMS shooting just 33% from the field through three quarter of play.
An Ikehara three gave the Sagehens a 44-38 lead to start the fourth quarter, but CMS came back to cut the lead down to one point at 44-43 after a free-throw by Bogle with 7:02 remaining.
CMS took over the lead with 5:11 left in the fourth as Maya Love got the ball down low and took the contact and the free-throw to give the Athenas a 48-46 lead.
The Sagehens had a chance to tie the game late as True's three went in and out and CMS came down with the big rebound that forced Pomona-Pitzer to foul and sent the Athenas to the line to put the game out of reach.
A valiant effort by a shorthanded Sagehen team falls short in game one of the Sixth Street Rivalry as the Athenas walk away with the 60-52 win.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next take on non-conference opponent Pacific on Saturday, December 16th at 2:00 p.m.