REDLANDS, Ca. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team opened up its 2018 conference season with an 81-76 overtime win over Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Redlands on Wednesday night at Currier Gym.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens open up conference play with a win for the first time since 2014 and improve to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the SCIAC.
The Sagehens were led by freshman Carly Leong who notched her second 20+ point game this season with a team-high 20 points and also threw in five rebounds. Freshman Kamil English had 14 points with three assists and three rebounds while senior Anita Romero notched her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Madison Quan had a big night off of the bench as she matched her career-high with 12 points and went 4-4 from the free-throw line.
The Sagehens had a slow start to their offense to begin the first quarter as Redlands jumped out to a quick 9-3 lead to start the game. Pomona-Pitzer battled back to tie the game at 11-11 but the Bulldogs made a small run to end the quarter and held a 19-14 lead after the first.
The Bulldogs and Sagehens both had a high scoring second quarter with both teams scoring 20+ for the only quarter of the game. Redlands took control of the quarter early on and eventually extended its lead to the largest of the game at 37-29 after a three-pointer with 4:09 left in the half. The Sagehens fought back late and held their ground heading into halftime with a 41-35 deficit.
Pomona-Pitzer made up its ground in the third as they outscored the Bulldogs 19-12. The Sagehens came roaring back midway through the third and eventually tied the game at 47-47 after back-to-back three pointers by senior Keilani Ikehara and Leong with 4:21 left. After a pair of Redlands free-throws, the Sagehens took the lead after another three by Quan put the Sagehens up 50-49. The two teams traded buckets at the end of the third but the Sagehens went into the fourth with a 54-53 lead after English sank a go-ahead jumper in the closing seconds.
A wild, back-and-forth last quarter ensued between these two teams in the opening game of SCIAC play. The two teams never got more than three points away from the other for the entire fourth quarter. The Sagehens would take the lead in the final minute of the game after English hit a tough layup to take a 66-64 lead with 59 seconds remaining. After a crucial steal by sophomore Renae Tamura, English hit one of two from the line to give the Sagehens a 67-64 lead with one possession left for the Bulldogs. Redlands went on to hit a buzzer beater from deep to tie the game and send the Sagehens into overtime.
Redlands opened up overtime with a quick basket, but it was all Sagehens from that point on. Tamura went on to hit two free throws from the line followed up by an English layup to extend the lead to 74-69 before Leong nailed two daggers from three-point territory on back-to-back possessions to give the Sagehens a 77-71 lead with 2:22 to go. Pomona-Pitzer stayed solid from the line after the Bulldogs were forced to foul and the Sagehens walked away from Redlands with their first SCIAC win of the season.
Up Next: The Sagehens will return home to take on Caltech on Saturday, December 1st at 5:00 p.m.