CLAREMONT, CA. – The opening day of the Wells Classic did not end in the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball Team's favor as the Sagehens fell to the Ithaca College Bombers at Roberts Pavilion 84-74. First year Emma Godfrey continued her hot start to her collegiate career, leading the Sagehens with 31 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, but the Bombers' interior offense and locked-in defending carried them through.
Season Impact: The Sagehens are now 1-1 overall this season while the Bombers improve to a 3-0 record.
In addition to Godfrey's big game, first years Alexa Bayangos and Renae Tamura combined for 27 points while Keilani Ikehara added 12 points, two steals, and two assists. Cassidy O'Malley led the Bombers with 23 points, six rebounds, and four blocks while Julie Yacavconi added 17 points.
The Bombers worked to a 12-3 lead to start the first quarter and worked to maintain their large lead. However, with 4:33 left in the quarter, the Sagehens went on a 7-0 run to cut the deficit 18-14. Godfrey later brought the Sagehens even after scoring two consecutive baskets to make it 20-20. After the Bombers took back the lead, Ikehara made a key steal with 17 seconds left, but the Hens could not get a shot in at the buzzer.
Ithaca build a 32-23 lead in the second quarter and the Hens tried to fight back to bring the game within striking distance. However, every time the Hens came two field goals away from tying the game, the Bombers would always diffuse the momentum with timely baskets. They ended the half with a 39-32 lead.
Renae Tamura sparked a comeback opportunity in the third quarter, opening the period with a three-point basket. Romero followed with a jumper to close the gap 39-37. However, an 8-2 run from the Bombers brought them further ahead 54-43 with 4:49 left in the quarter. Trailing 60-50, Godfrey brought the deficit within single digits with a layup and a free throw to end the third period.
Pomona-Pitzer tried to go on a run on the offensive end, but the Bombers' defense prevented such opportunities, scoring in a timely manner to prevent key runs. They managed to maintain the lead as they held on to win the match.
Up Next: The Sagehens will face Case Western Reserve tomorrow on Saturday, 5:30 p.m. at Rains Center for the final day of the Wells Classic.