CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball Team began the 2017-18 season with a very promising start, defeating San Diego Christian College 73-57 in their home opener on Tuesday night. While veterans Keilani Ikehara and Anita Romero each had solid performances, the story of the evening were the three first years, Alexa Bayangos, Emma Godfrey, and Renae Tamura, who all scored in double-digits in their collegiate debut.
Season Impact: The Sagehens are 1-0 overall to start the year while the Hawks fall to a 3-4 record.
Emma Godfrey had a spectacular debut to her Sagehens career, leading the team with 26 points, shooting 9-for-14 from the field, and grabbing 15 rebounds. She also recorded two blocks and two steals. Alexa Bayangos scored 15 points and went 4-for-8 from the three-point line, while Anita Romero had a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards. Renae Tamura scored 11 points and led the team with five assists. Danna Robles led the Hawks in scoring with 20 points, while Jazmine Bradley had 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Sagehens had some slight rust to start the game, missing their first three shots and committing a turnover in the first minute and half, but a short-range jumper from Godfrey got the Hens' offense going. The home side did an excellent job moving the ball around and creating scoring opportunities for one another. With 5:03 left in the first quarter and trailing 4-3, Ikehara drove to the basket and drew contact on the layup to put the Hens ahead. She followed with a pass to Bayangos in the corner for a three-pointer to make it 8-4. After a 9-1 run, the Hens led 12-5 with a 1:39 remaining in the quarter. They closed out the quarter with a 14-8 lead.
The Sagehens' offense erupted in the second quarter, going on a 16-4 run after leading 20-10 to take a 36-14 lead. During the run, Godfrey scored three consecutive baskets, hitting two elbow jumpers, followed by a layup off a post move. With the Hens ahead 36-17 and 1:51 remaining in the half, senior Anya Quig swung the ball from the high post to Bayangos who scored on a catch-and-shoot to build to a 39-17 lead. With four seconds left on the clock, the Hawks got a block on Ikehara's layup, but Bayangos caught the rebound and hit a three-pointer from the top of the perimeter at the buzzer to end the half 42-21. It was her third three-pointer of the quarter.
The Hawks recognized Godfrey's abilities in the post in the third quarter, but the freshman took advantage of the contact, scoring the first seven points for the Hens, five off free throws. She scored nine points in the third quarter as the Hens held a 55-34 lead.
In the final quarter, the Hawks ignited the full-court press to throw off the Hens' offense. Their plan looked almost successful as they went on a 12-3 run to cut the deficit 66-52 with 2:13 left, but the Hens settled their nerves and took back control of the game. Pomona-Pitzer closed it out to finish the game 73-57.
Up Next: Pomona-Pitzer will head to Roberts Pavilion at Claremont McKenna for the Wells Classic on Friday, November 24 as they face Ithaca College at 3 p.m. They will head back to Rains Center the following day to play Case Western at 5:30 p.m.