CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Occidental 83-54 on Monday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: with the win, the Sagehens improve to 10-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
The Sagehens had four players in double figures in the win over Oxy. Freshman Carly Leong led the way with 16 points and five rebounds, freshman Kamil English added 14 points and seven assists, senior Keilani Ikehara had 13 points and five assists and freshman Cameron Edward came off of the bench with 12 points going 4-6 from beyond the arc.
Head Coach Jill Pace is off to her best start since taking over the Sagehens in 2016 and the team is off to its best start since the 1998 season where they started 10-3. The offense was firing on all cylinders tonight as Pomona-Pitzer defeated Occidental by 29 points, which is the largest margin of victory for the Sagehens against a SCIAC team since 2015 where they defeated Caltech by 29 points, 81-52. The Sagehens also scored a season-high 83 points, which is the most points the Sagehens have put up in a game since 2015 where Pomona-Pitzer defeated La Verne 86-73 in double overtime.
The Sagehens dominated play against the Tigers from start to finish as they shot 52.3% from the floor and 43.8% from beyond the arc while holding Occidental to just 35.5% from the field and 14.3% from three-point territory. The Sagehens outrebounded the Tigers 45-29 and scored 50 points inside the paint to Occidental's 26.
The Tigers came out and stayed with the Sagehens early on as they got a few fast break opportunities to come back and tie the game at 12-12 with 3:19 left in the first, but the Sagehens put together a few buckets at the end of the quarter and led 17-14 heading into the second.
Pomona-Pitzer began to pull away in the second quarter as they outscored the Tigers 15-6 midway through the second quarter to take a 32-20 lead after a freshman Amara Chidom layup with 4:12 left until halftime. The Sagehens maintained their lead and went into the break with a 38-26 advantage.
Pomona-Pitzer ran away with it during the third quarter as they eventually grew their lead to 20 points after a Leong layup put the Sagehens up 53-33 with 3:07 left in the third. Pomona-Pitzer outscored the Tigers 19-12 in the third and held a solid 57-38 lead heading into the fourth.
The Sagehens kept their feet on the gas in the fourth as they notched a game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter behind some excellent shooting by Edward. Edward led the Sagehens in the fourth with nine of her 12 points and shot 3-4 from three as the Sagehens enjoyed their largest victory in the past three seasons.
Up Next: The Sagehens will host SCIAC opponent Whittier on Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m.