OSHKOSH, WI. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball Team concluded their 2018-19 season on Friday night after a valiant battle with No. 13 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, falling 72-46. The Sagehens battled closely with the Titans for majority of the game, but ultimately couldn't hang on as the Titans pulled away in the final quarter. Carly Leong led the Sagehens in scoring with 15 points and six rebounds while Cameron Edward added seven points and six rebounds.
"I am proud of the way our team battled tonight and all year," said Head Coach Jill Pace. "It was a great season for our team and the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball program as a whole. We are all grateful for our seniors and the inspiring mark they have left on this program."
Season Impact: The Sagehens finish the season 22-6 overall and their first SCIAC Tournament title in program history. They also made their first NCAA Tournament trip since 2002.
The Sagehens' opened the game with high intensity, with Renae Tamura opening the scoring with a jumper and Amara Chidom getting a huge block on the Titans' first offensive possession. With the score tied at 2-2, Cameron Edward launched a big three off a pass by Chidom to give the Sagehens the lead. Later being down 15-10, the Sagehens rallied back with 3:38 left in the period, scoring nine straight points. Vanessa Hsia converted an easy layup off a nice pass by Keilani Ikehara and Chidom followed with a post-up layup. Madison Quan later got her first bucket with a driving layup and Leong capped the rally with a three-pointer off a pass by Ikehara to take the 19-15 lead. The Sagehens led 19-18 after the first period.
The second period was the defensive battle as the Sagehens did their best to prevent the Titans from finding their momentum. The Titans grinded out four straight points in over six minutes, but the Sagehens matched them off quick layups by Quan and Hsia with 3:43 left in the half. However, the Titans scored six straight points to take a 28-23 lead at halftime.
The Titans took a 30-23 lead to start the second half, but Leong drew a shooting foul and converted two free throws while Kamil English hit a jumper to cut the deficit 30-27. Later as the Titans lead 40-31, the Sagehens battled back with five straight points as Ikehara drove in for a layup and Leong hit a three to cut it within four. A 10-1 run by the Titans gave them a 50-37 lead heading into the final quarter.
The Sagehens looked to battle back in the final quarter, but the Titans managed to hold on as they pulled away for the victory. Cameron Edward scored the final points of the game with a catch-and-shoot jumper.