Women's Basketball: Sagehens Defeat Poets, 85-71

Women's Basketball: Sagehens Defeat Poets, 85-71

CLAREMONT, CA. -- The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team stayed perfect in 2019 as they defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Whittier College 85-71 on Wednesday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.

Season Impact: with the win, the Sagehens have now won six of their last seven games to improve to 11-4 overall and 5-1 in conference play.

The Sagehens were led by freshman Carly Leong who notched a game-high 22 points in the win. Freshman Cam Edward came off of the bench with a career-high 19 points, senior Keilani Ikehara put up 17 points and eight assists while senior Anita Romero notched 12 points and eight boards.

The Sagehens are fresh off of their highest scoring total against a SCIAC opponent in three season with 83 points in a win over Occidental and upped their performance with 85 in an offensive clinic against the Poets.  Pomona-Pitzer's offense was unstoppable in tonight's game as they shot 48.3% from the floor and 55.2% from three-point territory.

Pomona-Pitzer came out and jumped ahead early with a 13-5 run capped off by a Leong three with 6:36 left in the first.  The Poets fought back late in the first quarter but the Sagehens held a 20-16 lead at the end of the quarter.

The Sagehens began to pull away in the second quarter as they reached a double-digit lead for the first time after a beautiful display of transition offense led to a corner three by freshman Kamil English to take a 29-19 lead forcing the Poets to burn a timeout with 6:38 left before half. The Poets stopped the Sagehens' run but Pomona-Pitzer kept their large lead and went into halftime with a 43-32 lead. The Sagehens held Whittier to 16 points in both the first and second periods while the offense scored 20+ in both.

Pomona-Pitzer came out of the locker room and put up their best quarter of the night with a game-high 25 points and limited the Poets to just 13. The Sagehens controlled the third quarter and grew their lead to the largest of the night at 25 points after an Ikehara three extended the lead to 68-45 with 1:24 left in the quarter.

Whittier won the fourth as they outscored the Sagehens 26-17 but Pomona-Pitzer built a lead too high to overcome as they cruised to their fifth SCIAC win of the season.

Up Next: The Sagehens will next host SCIAC opponent Chapman on Saturday, January 12th at 2:00 p.m.