Women's Basketball: Ikehara And Leong Earn First Team All-SCIAC; Pace Named Coach Of The Year

Women's Basketball: Ikehara And Leong Earn First Team All-SCIAC; Pace Named Coach Of The Year

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team was well represented on the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Postseason awards with two First Team All-SCIAC selections in senior Keilani Ikehara and first-year Carly Leong who also took home SICAC Newcomer of the Year honors as well. The Sagehens were also repesented on the coaching staff as Head Coach Jill Pace earned SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year. 

Ikehara earned First Team All-SCIAC during her senior season after being a major part of the transformation of the women's basketball program. Ikehara served as a floor general for the Sagehens at the point guard position and averaged 7.0 points per game while finishing with the second highest three-point percentage at 39.7 trailing only fellow Sagehen Cameron Edward. Ikehara also served as a tenacious defender with 2.2 steals per game and held the best assist to turnover ratio in the SCIAC at 2.4.

Leong also took home First Team All-SCIAC honors as well as SCIAC Newcomer of the Year in her first collegiate season as a Sagehen. Leong finished tied for fourth in points per game within the SCIAC and first among freshman at 16.3. She finished fourth in three-point percentage at 39.5 and averaged 3.4 rebounds per game.

Jill Pace and her staff took SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year honors in her third season at the helm of the women's basketball program. Pace led the Sagehens to the largest turn around since 1980 as the Sagehens went 8-17 a season ago to its first 20-win season since 1991. The Sagehens went 10-8 in 1979 and improved to 23-4 in 1980 under Nancy Breitenstein. Pace also has now led the Sagehens to their first SCIAC Postseason Tournament appearance in program history since the tournament began in 2008.

"We are all proud of Keilani and Carly for their respective honors." said Pace. "Kei is our glue, and is a phenomenal point guard and leader on both ends of the court. In her first year, Carly has made an immediate impact, and has stepped up in big moments for us this season. The Coaching Staff of the Year honor is a testament to our entire staff. I feel fortunate to coach with Raquel and Alaina. They both gave their heart and soul to this program as players, and continue to do the same as coaches."

The Sagehens will look to improve on their already historic season as they seek their first SCIAC Postseason victory on Thursday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. as they host Chapman in the SCIAC Semifinals.

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