WHITTIER, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Whittier College 76-67 on Wednesday night at the Graham Athletic Center.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 19-5 overall and 13-2 in conference play.
The Sagehens were led by senior Keilani Ikehara who had 14 points and registered her 200th career steal in the win. Freshman Cameron Edward also had 14 points with the hot hand from beyond the arc as she cashed in on 4-5 from three-point range. Four of the five Sagehen starters reached double-digit scoring as freshman Carly Leong had 13 points and sophomore Renae Tamura had 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. Freshman Kamil English also chipped in with 10 points going 3-3 from the field in the win.
Another high percentage night from the Sagehens from the field as they shot 48.1% from the floor and an impressive 11-21 from three-point range for 52.4%.
The Sagehens got their offense going early against the Poets as they jumped out to a 9-3 lead to start he game. After their slow start on offense, Whittier came back and narrowed the lead down to just three points at 12-9 with 5:45 left to go in the first. The Sagehens then sparked another run as they grew their lead to 20-9 capped off by a Ikehara three with 4:04 left in the first. Pomona-Pitzer stayed on top in the first as Tamura beat the buzzer to extend the lead to 26-18 heading into the second.
Pomona-Pitzer got its offense going again to start the second as they took the largest lead of the half at 38-22 after Ikehara hit a three off of an assist by Edward with just over five minutes left in the half. The Poets began to cut into the lead late in the first half but Pomona-Pitzer still held a seven-point lead at 41-34 heading into halftime.
Pomona-Pitzer shot 53.3% in the first half and hit 7-14 shots from beyond the arc for 50% from three-point territory. Edward lead the Sagehens at the half with nine points shooting 3-4 from three.
The Sagehens kept their distance from Whittier in the second half as the Poets could not cut into the lead throughout the third quarter. The Poets got within seven points after a made three with 1:39 left to go in the fourth, but the Sagehens closed the game out at the free-throw line as they secured their 19th win of the season.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to SCIAC opponent Occidental on Saturday, February 16th at 2:00 p.m.