ORANGE, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team clinched a spot in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Tournament for the first time ever with their 90-83 win over Chapman on Saturday afternoon at the Hutton Sports Complex.
Season Impact: with the win, the Sagehens improve to 17-5 overall and 11-2 in conference play. This also marks the first time that the Sagehens have swept the Panthers since Chapman joined the SCIAC in 2011.
The Sagehens had all five starters in double figures today. Leading the way was freshman Carly Leong who matched her career-high with 26 points. Senior Keilani Ikehara notched 13 points to go along with six assists and five rebounds, sophomore Renae Tamura also had 13 points while freshman Amara Chidom notched 12 points and seven rebounds and freshman Cam Edward had 10 points and six boards. Freshman Vanessa Hsia also had 12 points off of the bench in the win.
Pomona-Pitzer had another remarkable night on offense with the Sagehens shooting 56.3% from the field and 62.5% from three as they put up at least 20 points in each quarter tonight.
The Panthers and Sagehens started out close in the first quarter as Chapman held a slight lead at 14-13 with 2:49 left to play. The Sagehens then outscored Chapman 7-3 to end the quarter and led 21-16. Pomona-Pitzer kept their run going into the second quarter as they scored on back to back possessions with a Tamura layup and a Leong three to take a 26-16 lead and forced Chapman to use a timeout.
Chapman responded with a big run of their own as they immediately cut the lead down to just one point at 28-27 with just under seven minutes until half. Pomona-Pitzer got its offense going again and extended its lead to the largest of the game at 14 points with a 44-30 lead with 1:44 left to go in the half. The Panthers cut the lead down a little more just before halftime but the Sagehens still held a 46-38 lead at the break.
The Panthers opened up the half and tried to quickly cut into the Sagehens' lead. Chapman got the deficit down to three points at the midway point in the third but the Sagehens kept the Panthers at a safe distance throughout the third quarter. The Panthers scored the final four points of the quarter but the Sagehens held a 68-64 lead heading into the fourth.
The Sagehens maintained their slight advantage all the way through the fourth quarter. Every time the Panthers got within striking distance the Sagehens had a response. Chapman got within one possession with 4:29 left to play with the Sagehens holding onto a 78-76 lead. The defense shut down the Panthers and the offense extended the lead to 84-76 after an Edward layup with 3:16 left in the fourth. Pomona-Pitzer was solid from the free-throw line and closed out the win over Chapman.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next return home for their Senior Day as they host Cal Lutheran on Saturday, February 9th at 5:00 p.m.