Women's Basketball: Superior Defense Gives Sagehens Final Win of 2018

Women's Basketball: Superior Defense Gives Sagehens Final Win of 2018

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball Team closed out 2018 with a bang, throttling Colby College 72 to 56 on Sunday evening at Voelkel Gymnasium. Kamil English led the team with 13 points and six assists while Amara Chidom continued to bring the grit off the bench with a team-high 11 rebounds and 10 points. The Sagehens controlled the game with their defense, limiting the Mules to 34.5% from the field and causing 20 turnovers.

Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to an 8-4 record overall after today's victory.

The Mules jumped to a 12-7 lead in the first quarter, but the Sagehens quickly cut the deficit when Keilani Ikehara drained a three-pointer followed by a layup by Chidom. With 5:10 remaining in the quarter, English drove through traffic and made a layup to give the Sagehens their first lead 14-12. Vanessa Hsia drained a pull up jumper from the elbow to extend the lead 16-12. The Mules tied the game again, but Hsia rallied the Sagehens back with another pull up jumper followed by two free throws from English. The two sides tied at the end of the first quarter at 20 apiece.

The two teams traded baskets for most of the second quarter. Trailing 26-24 with 5:12 left in the half, Carly Leong pushed the Sagehens ahead with a banked three-pointer. Later with the Sagehens behind 32-31, Leong hit another jumper to take back the lead 33-32. The scored remained at halftime.

With the score tied at 35 apiece in the third quarter, Chidom hit a baseline jumper off a pass by English to put the home side ahead 37-35. After the Sagehens hit two free throws, Chidom capped the 6-0 run with another pop-up jumper. After the Ainsley Burns converted a turnaround jumper for Colby, Madison Quan muscled for a layup to extend the lead 43-37. Tamura went on a run of her own, hitting a huge three pointer and two free throws to give the Sagehens a comfortable 48-39 lead at the end of the quarter.

The Sagehens looked to put the game away in the final period. Ahead 52-44 with 6:15 left, Chidom hit another face up jumper off a quick pass by Ikehara and Leong followed with three-pointer to give the Sagehens a 13-point lead. Tamura capped the run with two free throws to extend the advantage 59-44. Quan later put on a cool scoring display, hitting a jumper and following up with an up-and-under layup through traffic to put the game out of reach 63-47. The Sagehens held on comfortably for a 72-56 win.

Up Next: The Sagehens will return in 2019 when they travel to La Verne for a SCIAC match on Saturday, January 5 at 2:00 p.m.