Women's Basketball: Sagehens Lose in SCIAC Home Opener To Chapman

Women's Basketball: Sagehens Lose in SCIAC Home Opener To Chapman

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team fell to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Chapman 79-60 on Sunday afternoon at Voelkel Gymnasium.

Season Impact: Pomona-Pitzer now drops to 0-9 on the year and 0-2 to start SCIAC play. The Panthers improve to 2-3 this season and are now 1-0 in conference play.

The Sagehens were led by senior Alaina Woo who tallied a team-high 17 points. Sophomore Anita Romero contributed with 15 points, sophomore Keilani Ikehara had 12 and senior Kacie Kitomi posted eight points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

The Panthers were led by Megan Charles who had a game-high 18 points. Also in double digits for the Panthers was Jamie Hum-Nishikado with 15 and Lauren Sato with 10.

Chapman started the game off as Charles, the Panthers' leading scorer, scored the first nine points of the game to give the Panthers a 9-4 run to start the first quarter.

The Panthers' defense came out and pressured the Sagehens early and forced them to turn the ball over 12 times in the first quarter. Chapman was able to capitalize with 12 points off of Sagehen turnovers and held a 21-11 lead after the first.

Chapman kept up its pressure on defense in the first half but Pomona-Pitzer regrouped and closed out the half on a 13-4 run and trailed the Panthers 40-29 at the half.

The Sagehens came out in the second half and tried to cut into the Panthers' lead but Chapman continued to press Pomona-Pitzer and forced the Sagehens into some tough offensive possessions as the Panthers claimed their first SCIAC win of the season.  

Up Next: The Sagehens will next host non-conference opponent Bowdoin on Friday, December 30th at 7:00 p.m.