PASADENA, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Caltech 76-66 on Saturday night.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens have now won their seventh-straight to improve to 14-4 overall and 8-1 in SCIAC play.
The Sagehens had five players reach double digits in the scoring column. Leading the way was freshman Cameron Edward who notched 16 points from the bench. Freshman Carly Leong had 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists while senior Keilani Ikehara, sophomore Renae Tamura and freshman Amara Chidom all scored 10 points each in the win. Chidom also pulled down 10 rebounds for her second career double-double.
Pomona-Pitzer got out to an early start in the first with a 9-4 lead after an Edward three, but the Beavers came back and tied the game at 14-14 midway through the first after a made jump shot just before the first media timeout. Caltech ended the quarter on a 10-2 run and took a 24-16 lead heading into the second.
The Beavers took their largest lead of the game over the Sagehens early in the second quarter up 26-17 with 9:26 left before halftime. The Sagehens quickly regrouped and came back to tie the game just over four minutes later after another Edward three-pointer tied the game at 32-32 to force a Caltech timeout. The Sagehens put together their best quarter of the night as they outscored the Beavers 27-16 and regained the lead before half as they went into the locker room with a 43-40 advantage.
The two teams came out of halftime with a battle of a third quarter. Pomona-Pitzer took their largest lead of the game thus far at 11 points after a pair of Leong free-throws pushed the lead to 51-40. Caltech spent the entire third quarter chipping away at the Sagehens' lead and got the score tied again at 55-55 with eight seconds left in the third. Pomona-Pitzer ended the quarter on a high note as freshman Kamil English nailed a buzzer beater to give the Sagehens a 57-55 lead heading into the fourth.
The Beavers kept it close in the fourth with the game tied at 61-61 midway through the quarter. The Sagehens found themselves in a tight game on the road late in the fourth quarter with a two-point lead at 67-65 with 1:37 left to go. Edward nailed a clutch three-pointer on the ensuing possession and gave the Sagehens a five-point cushion with just over a minute remaining. The Beavers tried to come back into the game but the Sagehens stayed strong late and kept their winning ways going in the SCIAC.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel across the street as they next take on SCIAC rival CMS on Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m.