Claremont, Calif. - The Pacific Women's Basketball team started the second half on a 7-0 run to build an 11-point lead and held on for a 57-44 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Friday evening at Voelkel Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Sagehens fall to 0-2 on the young season, while Pacific (Ore.) starts out its winter campaign at 1-0.
Led by the hot shooting of freshman shooting guard Ruthie Shapiro (Moraga, Calif.), Pomona-Pitzer was able to jump out to a five-point lead early in the contest. Shapiro was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in the first half alone as she had nine of her team-high 11 points before halftime.
However, the Boxers hit the last shot of the first half to take a 26-22 lead into the break, and then started out the second stanza with a quick 7-0 run to pull ahead 33-22, capped off by an old-fashioned three-point play from Brittney Anderson.
A lay-up from freshman guard Caroline Zaia (Napa, Calif.) got the Sagehens back within eight points at 37-29 with 14:43 to play. However, another 7-0 run, capped off by another Anderson bucket, pushed the lead back up to 44-29 with 12:18 to play, and the Boxers lead stayed between 11-17 points the rest of the way.
Anderson was the only player for Pacific in double figures, as she had 12 points on 5-7 shooting from the floor. Shapiro finished with 11 points and a team high-tying six steals, matching the total from sophomore guard Emi Hashizume (San Mateo, Calif.). Freshman forward Maria Weyhrauch led the Sagehens in rebounding with six, while Eric Schultz led all players with 10 boards for Pacific.
Weyhrauch was playing against two of her former high school teammates at Juneau-Douglas High School in Alaska, Pacific's Annette Highley and Nani Ostrom. The trio was part of an Alaska state championship-winning team for Juneau-Douglas in 2010.
Pomona-Pitzer is back in action on Tuesday when it hosts Linfield for a 7 p.m. contest.