CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer women's basketball team held on for a tight 77-74 victory over neighbor University of La Verne on Wednesday night thanks to the Sagehens' hot shooting from the charity stripe and tenacious rebounding. The Sagehens combined for a 26-for-32 shooting night from the free throw line and outrebounded the Leopards 47 to 42.
Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 7-17 record overall and 4-11 in the SCIAC while the Leopards drop to 5-19 overall and 3-12 in the conference.
Emma Godfrey had her fifth 30-plus point game this season, going 12-for-23 from the field and making 11-of-16 free throws. She also pulled down 15 rebounds, 10 from the offensive end. Renae Tamura also had an impressive stat line, scoring 19 points and grabbing seven boards, while Naomi Baer made an impact off the bench with seven points and seven rebounds.
The two teams traded baskets for half of the first quarter, but with the game tied at 11 apiece with 4:49 remaining, the Leopards went on an 8-2 run with two three-pointers to build a respectable lead. Godfrey managed to bring the Hens within striking distance after scoring an and-one layup and Tamura hit two free throws to cut the deficit 22-20. Perez made a layup for the Leopards with four seconds left to extend the lead 24-20 before the second quarter.
The Hens tied up the game in the second quarter thanks to a jumper by Baer with 8:50 left to make it 24-24. The two teams went back and forth as the Hens took advantage of the fouls committed by the Leopards by consistently making their free throws. With 1:41 left in the half, Alexa Bayangos made two to tie the game at 34 apiece. Following a technical by La Verne, Anita Romero hit two to take the lead. Perez took the lead back quickly with a three-pointer, but Godfrey answered back with a layup. With three seconds remaining, the Leopards made a costly turnover and Tamura made them pay with a buzzer-beating jumper to take a 40-37 lead at halftime.
Tamura proved to be a catalyst in the third quarter, hitting two free throws to extend the lead and later holding off a Leopards' run with a three-pointer off a pass from Keilani Ikehara to make it 53-47. La Verne once again crept up to the Sagehens, closing the gap 53-52, but Tamura dished a tight pass to Godfrey in the paint for a layup to take a three-point lead. The Hens led 58-56 at the end of the quarter.
Godfrey put on an extraordinary run on offense in the final period, scoring the Hens' first 11 points of the period. With the game tied at 69 each, Tamura hit a key three-pointer with 2:28 to regain the lead. Baer followed by cutting in for a layup off a pass from Ikehara to extend the lead 74-69. As the Leopards struggled to close the gap in the final minutes, they resorted to sending the Sagehens to the line, but to no avail as Pomona-Pitzer closed out for the victory.
Up Next: The Sagehens will host Occidental College for their final game of the regular season on Saturday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. Before the game, Pomona-Pitzer Athletics will honor senior member Anya Quig with a special introduction. In addition, the women's basketball team will be collecting shoe donations for Shoes That Fit, an organization dedicated to providing free shoes for children in need.