Women's Basketball: Leong and Tamura Push Sagehens Past Regals

Women's Basketball: Leong and Tamura Push Sagehens Past Regals

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball Team maintained their undefeated start to 2019, out-dueling Cal Lutheran University on the road on Monday night 72-60. Carly Leong had an outstanding scoring performance, putting up a team-high 22 points with 9-for-16 from the field. Renae Tamura scored a season-high 16 points coupled with five rebounds and two steals. The Sagehens' defense held the Regals' offense to 32.8% from the field and never allowed their opponents to take the lead at any point in the game.

Season Impact: With the victory, Pomona-Pitzer improves to a 13-4 record overall and 7-1 in the SCIAC.

The two sides started the first quarter fairly close, trading baskets and trying to build a respectable lead. The Sagehens finally pulled off a rally with 3:28 left in the period when Cameron Edward and Madison Quan hit back-to-back threes to break the 10-10 tie. Later, with a 18-16 lead, Leong extended the advantage with a three-pointer followed by an and-one layup with 15 seconds remaining to make it 24-17, closing the quarter strong.

Leong picked up where she left off to start the second quarter, hitting a three to make it 27-19. Later Edward drew the foul and made both free throws to give the Sagehens their first 10-point lead of the night. The Sagehens preserved the lead for majority of the quarter and led 38-28 at halftime.

The Sagehens' offense went hot in the third quarter, shooting 53.8% from the field, including three 3-pointers. With 5:06 remaining in the quarter and a 45-38 lead, Keilani Ikehara sparked a big run, pulling up from beyond the arc to put the Sagehens up by 10 again. Edward followed with another three to make it 51-38. Tamura closed out the quarter with an and-one layup and a three-pointer as the Sagehens built a 57-46 lead at the end of the third.

With a 63-51 lead in the fourth quarter and 5:57 left in the game, Tamura helped put the game out of reach after hitting a layup and drawing a foul for two free throws to make it 67-54. The Regals tried to muster a comeback, scoring six straight points to cut the lead 70-60, but they ran out of time as the Sagehens held on for the victory.

Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to Pasadena, CA to take on Caltech in a SCIAC matchup on Saturday, January 19 at 5:00 p.m.