Women's Basketball: Sagehens Shut Down Panthers, 76-61

Women's Basketball: Sagehens Shut Down Panthers, 76-61

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team notched its sixth-straight win with a 76-61 win over Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Chapman on Saturday afternoon at Voelkel Gymnasium.

Season Impact: with the win, the Sagehens improve to 12-4 overall and 6-1 in conference play.

The Sagehens were led by freshman Carly Leong who led the game with 23 points. Freshman Kamil English notched 12 points and five assists while senior Keilani Ikehara had 10 points and four assists.

This win over the Panthers marks Head Coach Jill Pace's first win over Chapman in her three seasons and the first win for the program over the Panthers since 2014-15.

The Sagehens kept their fine display of offense going against the Panthers as they shot 42.9% from the field and 54.5% from beyond the arc. Pomona-Pitzer came out and put up some early offense as they jumped out to a 12-6 lead. The Panthers came back to even the score at 14-14 after a Criswell three and Chapman kept the lead to end the first quarter up 22-20.

The Sagehens took off in the second quarter as they had their highest scoring quarter of the night with 23 points and held the Panthers to their lowest scoring total of just 10.  The Sagehens went 5-10 from beyond the arc in the second quarter, which helped them extend their lead over the Panthers.  The Sagehens made a run midway through the second quarter and took their largest lead of the half late in the second at 43-30 after a senior Anita Romero jumper.  The Sagehens kept their large lead heading into halftime with a 43-32 cushion.

The Sagehens kept their feet on the gas in the third quarter and continued their offensive clinic against the Panthers. Pomona-Pitzer went 6-14 from the floor in the third and extended their lead to the largest of the game at 22 points after freshman Cameron Edward converted three free-throws from the line with 3:26 left in the third.

The Panthers outscored the Sagehens 19-16 in the fourth quarter but Pomona-Pitzer's offense built too much of a lead to overcome as the Sagehens stayed on top of the SCIAC with a 76-61 win over Chapman.

Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to SCIAC opponent Cal Lutheran on Monday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m.