Claremont, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Women's Basketball team held a narrow lead the entire second half and shot 6-6 at the foul line in the final minute for a 61-50 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Thursday evening at Ducey Gymnasium.
The loss was the first in the SCIAC for the Sagehens, who fall to 3-5 overall and 2-1 in league play. CMS improves to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in the SCIAC with the win.
Pomona-Pitzer had a strong performance from its interior players, as sophomore forward Jenn Okonkwo had 14 points and nine rebounds, sophomore forward Amelia Hummel (pictured) had 13 points on 6-8 shooting and freshman forward Basha Brulee-Wills had 11 points and nine rebounds.
However, CMS brought a six-point lead into halftime as Kyra Ray hit a three-pointer from the right corner as the buzzer sounded, making the score 39-33. Okonkwo and Brulee-Wills started the second half with a pair of free throws each to bring the Sagehens within 39-37, and a Hummel 15-foot jumper cut the lead to a single point at 40-39 with 14:25 left.
Pomona-Pitzer couldn't get over the hump into the lead, though, as CMS extended its lead out to seven points (48-41). Brulee-Wills scored on a post move with 6:43 left to bring the Sagehens back within 48-45, and her foul shot with 2:48 to play made it 55-50. The Athenas, though, got two offensive rebounds to kill over a minute of clock, and made their foul shots late to stretch the final margin out to a game-high 11.
Madeline Barnes led the way for CMS with 13 points as the Athenas won despite shooting 3-26 from the floor in the second half (11.5 percent), scoring 16 of their 22 points after intermission from the foul line. Pomona-Pitzer shot just 4-20 from the floor in the second half as well, after shooting 46.4 percent in the first half.
The Sagehens will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to La Sierra for a non-league game at 6 p.m. before a two-week break for the holiday season.