SALEM, OR. -- The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team opened up 2019 with a loss as they fell in the season opener 72-58 to non-conference opponent Willamette on Friday night at Cone Field House.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens open up the season 0-1 overall.
The Sagehens were led by junior Renae Tamura who led the team with 12 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Kamil English came off of the bench with 11, sophomore Carly Leong tallied nine and sophomores Cameron Edward and Madison Quan each had eight.
Willamette won the game beyond the arc as they shot an impressive 58.8% from three hitting 10 of their 17 attempts. The Bearcats shot better from beyond the arc than they did from the floor and from the free-throw line. Pomona-Pitzer's defense caused the Bearcats to turn the ball over 26 times throughout the game but the three-point shooting by the Bearcats was the big difference In the win.
The three-ball kept the Bearcats in the game early on in the first quarter. The Bearcats converted their first 15 points all off of the three ball as they started 5-6 from beyond the arc. Despite the hot shooting start for the Bearcats, the Sagehens kept it close and trailed 17-15 at the end of the first quarter.
The Sagehens hit two early buckets to get the offense going in the second but Willamette continued their impressive work from three-point territory to keep their distance away from Pomona-Pitzer. Willamette was fortunate to have the shooting half that they did because the Sagehens defense was causing fits for the Bearcats as they forced 14 turnovers in the first half alone. Although the Sagehens shot just 41% from the floor in the first half to Willamette's 56%, Pomona-Pitzer went into the locker room tied at 36-36.
The third quarter was a big one for the Bearcats as they outscored Pomona-Pitzer 22-14 and began to widen the gap in the second half. The Sagehens held their own midway through the third as they only trailed 43-42 but Willamette sparked a big run in the second half of the third quarter and led 55-42 with 2:33 left to play. The Sagehens did a nice job of cutting down the lead late in the third quarter but faced an eight-point deficit heading into the fourth.
Pomona-Pitzer hung around in the fourth and only trailed by six points after a Leong jumper with 8:18 to play, but Willamette got hot again from the floor and prevented a late comeback by the Sagehens as Pomona-Pitzer drops its opening game of the year.
Up Next: The Sagehens will remain on the road as they travel to George Fox on Saturday, November 16th at 1:00 p.m.