Sagehens Celebrate Senior Day With Win Over CMS

Sagehens Celebrate Senior Day With Win Over CMS

Claremont, Calif. - Vanessa Ho (San Francisco, Calif. - pictured) had 14 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer on her Senior Day, and freshman forward Jenn Okonkwo (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) added 20 points and 11 rebounds, as the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team defeated consortium rivals Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 69-65 on Thursday evening at Voelkel Gymnasium.

With the win, Pomona-Pitzer improves to 6-15 on the season and 5-9 in the SCIAC, moving ahead of CMS, which falls to 8-15 overall and 4-10 in league play. Ho and senior guard Alexis Sones (Los Angeles, Calif.), who is out with an injury, were honored prior to the game for their final collegiate home contest.

Sophomore guard Ruthie Shapiro (Moraga, Calif.) added an impressive overall line with six points on 3-5 shooting, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Sagehens, while freshman forward Amelia Hummel (Glenview, Ill.) had 11 points, including the game-clinching foul shots with 6.8 seconds left to make it a four-point game.

Pomona-Pitzer led by one at the half (28-27) and quickly built its lead up to 11 points at 44-33 on a Ho three-pointer. A Ho lay-up on a fast brak with 11:02 left gave the Sagehens their largest lead at 52-39, but Madeline Barnes hit two straight three-pointers and a fast break lay-up to pull the Athenas within 54-52 with 6:19 left.

CMS tied the score at 56-56 on a Chloe Dobbert foul shot, and then again at 58-58 on a Barnes jumper with 4:06 to go, but Ho then gave the Sagehens the lead for good with 3:46 remaining, when she connected on a three-pointer from the left wing.

With just under two minutes left, Ho broke down the defense and found Shapiro for an open 15-footer to make the score 66-61 with 1:53 on the clock. Barnes answered with 1:12 to go, but Hummel made one of two at the foul line after getting an offensive rebound off a missed foul shot to push the lead to 67-63.

Aria Krumweide was able to make an end-to-end rush to the basket with eight seconds left to pull the Athenas within 67-65, but Hummel was fouled and converted both free throws to make it a two-possession game. A three-pointer just before the buzzer missed, and Ho grabbed the last defensive rebound to wrap up her final game at Voelkel Gymnasium.

Pomona-Pitzer won the game on the glass, where it dominated by out-rebounding CMS 47-29. Freshman guard Juliah Shay Kim (Bakersfield, Calif.) finished with 12 points to give the Sagehens four players in double figures, while Krumweide and Barnes led the Athenas with 17 points apiece.

It was the second year in a row that Pomona-Pitzer was able to celebrate Senior Day with a win. Last season, Asha Gipson celebrated her Senior Day as the Sagehens defeated Whittier in their home finale. 

Pomona-Pitzer concludes the regular season with a pair of road games, traveling to Occidental on Saturday and La Verne on Monday. The La Verne game will also allow Pomona-Pitzer assistant coach Dominick Copas to be there on Senior Day for his daughter Amanda, who is the senior point guard for the Leopards.