Women's Basketball: Hens' Strong Fourth Quarter Comes Short of Edging Webster

Women's Basketball: Hens' Strong Fourth Quarter Comes Short of Edging Webster

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer women's basketball team fell to Webster University on Friday afternoon, taking a tough 72-61 loss at home. The Sagehens came close to coming back from an 18-point deficit, but the Gorlocks held on to remain undefeated in their west coast trip.

Season Impact: The loss sets the Sagehens back to a 2-8 record overall while the Gorlocks improve to a 7-3 record.

Anita Romero posted her third straight double-double, her fifth of the season, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds while nabbing two assists. Alexa Bayangos led the Sagehens with 20 points, shooting 8-for-14 from the field, and Naomi Baer brought some spark on defense off the bench, making key stops down the stretch during the Hens' comeback attempt. However, a team-high 23 points from Ebony Bailey and her six steals helped the Gorlocks come away with the victory.

The game got off to an even start as both teams traded baskets while looking to find their rhythm. Trailing 14-10 in the first quarter with 12 seconds remaining, Keilani Ikehara found Anya Quig in the post for an and-one layup to close the gap to one. However, the Gorlocks led 16-13 to end the first quarter.

Webster managed to pull away with a marginal lead in the second quarter, going on an 8-0 run to build a 35-17 advantage. The Sagehens refused to go away, going on an 8-4 run capped by a buzzer-beating layup from Bayangos on a fast break as they trailed 39-25 at the half.

Bayangos looked to rally the Hens back in the third quarter, hitting a three-pointer followed by a layup to cut the deficit 43-30. However, the Gorlocks responded with seven straight points until Bayangos cut the momentum with another triple.

Trailing 57-39 after the third quarter, the Hens mounted a serious comeback to close the gap within single digits. After opening up with a 6-1 run, Pomona-Pitzer utilized a full court press and was aided by some alert defending from Baer to score four straight points to close the gap 60-49. With a minute left, Renae Tamura was fouled on a rebound attempt and went straight to the free throw line on the bonus. She converted both to cut the lead 68-59, bringing the Sagehens within single digits. However, the comeback fell short as the Gorlocks held on to the lead for a 72-61 win.

Up Next: The Sagehens will host Middlebury tomorrow night, December 30 at 5 PM.