CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball Team pulled through a tight 76-69 victory over Pacific University on Saturday afternoon, thanks in part to a 31-point performance by freshman Alexa Bayangos. After trailing Pacific University 55-51 at the end of the third quarter, a key 8-1 run by the Sagehens sparked the momentum that led to their win.
Season Impact: The victory gives the Sagehens a 2-7 record overall so far this season.
Bayangos tied the team's highest-scoring performance of the season, matching her classmate Emma Godfrey's season-high back on November 24 against Ithaca. She shot 11-for-16 from the field and 6-for-10 from behind the arc. She also recorded two steals and four assists. Anita Romero had her fourth double-double of the season, putting up 16 points and 12 rebounds while Renae Tamura scored 14 points and grabbed seven boards. The team as a whole were efficient on the floor, shooting 50.0 percent from the field.
The two teams traded baskets for majority of the first quarter, as neither side managed to build a significant run. Trailing 14-12 after a key three-pointer by the Boxers, Tamura took the lead back after cutting hard to the basket and making a layup while drawing a foul. The freshman converted the free throw to make it 15-14 for the Hens. Later as the Hens were down 18-15, Keilani Ikehara closed the quarter with a nifty steal and finding Anita Romero for a layup on the fast break to cut the lead.
The Boxers made some adjustments in the second quarter, switching to a full court press on defense. After giving the Sagehens some trouble and building a 31-22 lead, the home side responded with sharp ball movement. The Sagehen guards did an excellent job finding Romero in open spots as the senior scored six straight points to cut the deficit 32-28. A jumper by Ikehara and Anya Quig tied the game at 32 apiece with 3:29 remaining in the half. The Boxers sparked another run to take a 42-35 lead at halftime.
The Hens chipped away at the Boxers' lead in the third quarter, maintaining composure in the face of Pacific's aggressive defense and moving the ball soundly. With the Hens down 55-47 with 1:47 left in the quarter, Tamura converted two free throws and then found Romero for a layup to cut the deficit 55-51 at the end of the quarter.
In the final period, Pomona-Pitzer went on a comeback 8-1 run, thanks in part to some energetic play from Bayangos who scored four during the run. With the Sagehens ahead 63-62 with 4:40 remaining, Tamura scored a triple off a pass from Bayangos who then followed with a three-pointer of her own to extend the lead 69-62. The two teams went back-and-forth, but a quick layup from Bayangos with 38 seconds left and a huge stop on the defensive end by the team surely sealed the victory as Pomona-Pitzer held on 76-69.
Up Next: The Sagehens will host Webster next Friday, December 29 at 1:00 p.m.