CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball Team took a tough loss in Roberts Pavilion on Thursday night as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won 78-55. The highlight of the night for the Sagehens came in the fourth quarter when the team managed to go on a huge 14-6 run in the fourth quarter thanks to a barrage of three-pointers to stay in the game before the Athenas prevailed. Carly Leong led the team in scoring with 13 points while Keilani Ikehara had 10 points with six assists and five steals.
Season Impact: The Sagehens are now 14-5 overall and 8-2 in the SCIAC.
Keilani Ikehara got the Sagehens' offense started, driving to the lane and making a tough layup over her defender for an and-one to take a 3-2 lead. However, the Athenas' offense went on an 11-2 run to take a 14-5 lead with 4:24 left in the period. The Sagehens came back in the game thanks to some offensive spark by Carly Leong who scored the team's next five points off a three-pointer and two free throws. Trailing 18-10, Kamil English brought the lead down to six after getting fouled on a layup attempt, making both free throws. With 15 seconds remaining in the period, CMS extended the lead back to eight after a layup from Gloria Bates.
The Athenas went on another big run to start the second period as the Sagehens battled for a solution to break past the Athenas' defense. Leong came up with the answer once again, hitting a three, followed by an open jumper by Amara Chidom to cut into the deficit 31-18. Within the final minute of the half, Renae Tamura hit a key three-pointer as they entered halftime trailing 35-21.
After the Athenas tried to extend their lead in the third quarter, ahead 52-35 at the start of the final period, the Sagehens fought back. The Sagehens switched to a high press defense and begun firing a barrage of three-pointers. Renae Tamura got the team started, hitting two threes, and Cameron Edward got on board with a corner three to cut the deficit 59-44. CMS tried to keep the Sagehens out of reach, responding with layups. After Ikehara scored on a catch-and-shoot three off a pass by Tamura, she later found Edward in the corner for three to cut the deficit to 10 with 5:18 left in the game. However, the momentum shifted back to the Athenas in the final stretch as they pulled away for victory.
Up Next: The Sagehens will look to bounce back when they host La Verne this Saturday, January 26 at 5:00 p.m.