CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team fell to non-conference opponent Middlebury 69-52 on Saturday afternoon at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens drop to 2-9 overall and remain at 0-3 in SCIAC play.
The Sagehens were led by freshman Alexa Bayangos who tallied a game-high 17 points while going 5-8 from three. Junior Anita Romero chipped in with 15 points and five rebounds and freshman Emma Godfrey came off the bench with 12 points.
Middlebury mounted a lead early on in the first as they jumped out to a ten-point lead at 16-6 after a made three-point jumper by Colleen Caveney but the Sagehens sparked a 7-0 run to end the first and cut the deficit down to 16-13 heading into the second quarter.
The Panthers took over in the second quarter and widened their gap as they outscored the Sagehens 19-11. Middlebury began the quarter with a 15-4 run to take a 31-17 lead with 4:14 left in the half but the Sagehens chipped away at the lead at went into the locker room down 11 at the break, 35-24.
The Panthers took their largest lead of the game at 20 points with a 50-30 lead with 4:24 left to go in the third quarter. Facing their largest deficit of the game, the Sagehens regrouped and exploded on a 16-3 run to cut the Panthers' lead down to just seven points at 53-46 with 7:52 to go thanks to some hot shooting by Bayangos who nailed three three-pointers during that stretch for Pomona-Pitzer.
Although the Sagehens played much better in the second half, the Panthers responded with some good defensive stops and put the game out of reach down the stretch after a Betsy Knox jumper made it 65-50 with just over three minutes left on the clock. The Sagehens were forced to foul as their comeback attempt fell short against Middlebury.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next continue SCIAC play as they next host Caltech on Wednesday, January 3rd at 7:00 p.m.