CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team fell to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Whittier 60-57 on Saturday afternoon at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens fall to 4-13 overall and 2-7 in SCIAC play. This game also marks the sixth game the Sagehens have lost by single digits this season.
The Sagehens had four of their five starters reach double-digit scoring numbers as they were led by Renae Tamura who had a team-high 14 points and seven rebounds. Keilani Ikehara had 13 points and eight assists, and Emma Godfrey and Anita Romero each chipped in with 10 points each.
The Poets jumped out on top to open up the game and continued to play from in front for the entire first quarter. The Sagehens stayed within four points of the Poets in the first but could never take over the lead as they headed into the second quarter down 16-12.
Pomona-Pitzer came out in the second with four-straight points and tied the game at 16-16 after a pair of made free-throws by Tamura with 7:33 left until halftime. The Sagehens opened up the second quarter with a 9-0 run and took over the lead at 21-16 until the Poets responded with 10-straight points of their own to close out the half and headed into the locker room with a 26-21 lead over the Sagehens.
Whittier came out in the second half and extended their lead to the largest of the game with seven points as they took a 28-21 lead. The Sagehens responded and began to chip away at the lead and brought the deficit down to two points at 35-33 with 3:11 to go in the third. The Poets ended the third on top as they went into the fourth quarter with a 42-37 lead.
The Sagehens and Poets battled in the fourth as Pomona-Pitzer came back to tie the game multiple times throughout the beginning of the fourth quarter and eventually took the lead at 51-52 after a Godfrey layup with 3:28 left in the game.
After a big three-point jumper by Tamura to put the Sagehens up by two, the Poets responded in a big way as they answered with a three-pointer of their own by Daisy Cardenas to take a one-point lead at 56-55 with just under two minutes to play.
The Sagehens responded with a layup by Romero and Cardenas came back with another huge three-pointer to give the Poets a 59-57 lead with 29 seconds left.
After being forced to foul, the Sagehens faced a three-point deficit with one shot left in the game. Ikehara had a chance to tie with a three in the corner but the shot wouldn't fall as the Poets escaped with a close win at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host SCIAC opponent Chapman on Wednesday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m.