CLAREMONT, Ca. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team fell to non-conference opponent Gustavus Adolphus 73-65 on Saturday afternoon at Roberts Pavilion in game one of the David Wells Classic.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens drop to 1-4 to start the year.
The Sagehens were led by sophomore Carly Leong who had a team-high 19 points in the loss. Two Sagehens came off the bench with double digit scoring numbers as first-year Emily Church added 10 points and fellow first-year Kaitlyn Leung notched a perfect night going 4-4 from the field including 3-3 from deep for a total of 11 points.
A slight advantage for Gust. Adolphus from the floor as they held a 45.8% mark to the Sagehens 38.7%. Both teams shot pretty even from three-point territory The Gusties shot 26% from three while the Sagehens shot the three ball at 28%. The difference in the game came inside the paint as Gustavus Adolphus outrebounded Pomona-Pitzer 43-35 and scored 42 points in the paint while limiting the Sagehens to 32.
An extremely tight first quarter between the two teams had Gustavus Adolphus leading by just one point at 14-13 with 3:42 left in the quarter. The Gusties ended the quarter on an 8-0 run to open up their lead to 22-13 at the end of the first quarter.
Pomona-Pitzer had its best quarter in the second as they outscored the Gusties 20-15. The Lions started out the second quarter extending their lead to 30-18 before the Sagehens went on a 11-0 run capped off by a Leong three-point jumper to cut the lead down to one point at 30-29 with 3:41 left before halftime.
The Gusties regrouped clinging to a one-point lead and added a few more to their total to take a 37-33 lead heading into halftime.
The Gusties set a trend in the game in extending their lead at the beginning of each quarter and continued that trend in the third. Gustavus Adolphus pushed the lead back up to eight points midway through the third at 48-40. Pomona-Pitzer began to battle back late in the third but the Gusties maintained their lead and headed into the fourth with a 56-49 lead.
Every time the Sagehens got within striking distance, Gustavus Adolphus responded to keep them at arm's length. Pomona-Pitzer opened the fourth with a few quick buckets to cut the lead down to 58-54 and kept that deficit close late in the fourth at 63-61 with 2:56 left to go, but the Gusties refused to let the Sagehens tie or take the lead as they fought off the Sagehens comeback attempt and held on for the win.
Up Next: The Sagehens will continue the David Wells Classic as they take on Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday, November 30th at 7:00 p.m.