CLAREMONT, CA. – Head Coach Alaina Woo earned her first collegiate victory as the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team defeated non-conference opponent Stevens Institute of Technology 66-61 on Sunday afternoon at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: with the win, the Sagehens improve to 1-3 overall.
The Sagehens were led by sophomore Carly Leong who netted a season-high 22 points and seven rebounds in the win. First-year Emily Church as a big contributor off of the bench with 17 points and sophomore Amara Chidom tallied her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Pomona-Pitzer found their rhythm offensively as they shot 41.9% from the field and 40% from three hitting 6 of their 15 shots from beyond the arc.
A very even first quarter from both teams with neither team pulling more than three points away from the other. Both teams shot 33% from the floor in the first while Pomona-Pitzer held a slight advantage up 13-12 heading into the second quarter.
The Sagehens kept the lead for the majority of the second quarter but Stevens kept the game close not allowing the Sagehens to go on any runs on offense. Pomona-Pitzer was able to separate a little bit just before halftime and took a 31-25 lead at the break.
The Ducks quickly erased the lead to start the third quarter and took a 35-33 lead with 7:35 left before halftime. Stevens extended their lead to 10 points at 47-37 with just under four minutes to play in the third but the Sagehens came roaring back in the final minutes of the third and trailed by just one point at 48-47 heading into the fourth.
Pomona-Pitzer jumped out to an early lead to start the fourth and maintained it throughout the quarter but after taking a 57-50 lead over Stevens, the Ducks came back and tied the game at 57-57 with two minutes left to play.
The Sagehens needed some big plays and they got them after Leong hit a huge three followed by a layup on the next possession to take a 62-57 lead. Stevens tried to make a comeback and cut the lead down to 64-61 with 43 seconds remaining, but the Sagehens stayed solid from the free-throw line and held on for their first win of 2019.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next compete in the David Wells Classic as they host Gust. Adolphus at CMS on Friday, November 29th at 4:30 p.m.