CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team defeated non-conference opponent Lewis & Clark 85-48 on Sunday afternoon at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Season Impact: with the win, the Sagehens have won four straight and climb over the .500 mark for the first time this season and improve to 5-4 overall.
The Sagehens had four players with double-digit scoring totals. Leading the way was first-year Emily Church who came off of the bench and provided 16 points and eight rebounds in the win. The Sagehens had two other players come off of the bench to exceed 10 points as junior Alexa Bayangos scored 12 points and sophomore Kamil English added 14 points as well. Sophomore Cameron Edward led all starters with 12 points while first-year Kaitlyn Leung, sophomore Amara Chidom and sophomore Carly Leong each added eight points as well.
Pomona-Pitzer shot every efficiently throughout the game as they ended the day 49.2% from the field and 50% from three hitting 10 of their 20 three-point attempts. The Sagehen defense did its job against the Pioneers as they limited Lewis & Clark to 34% from the field and 33% from three and forced 19 turnovers.
Lewis & Clark stayed with the Sagehens in the first quarter as they put up their best scoring quarter of the game with 17 points. The Sagehens and Pioneers alternated leads multiple times in the first with Lewis & Clark holding a 17-14 lead with 2:15 to go. The Sagehens ended the quarter on an 8-0 run and took a 22-17 lead heading into the second quarter.
It was all Sagehens from the second quarter on as Pomona-Pitzer never gave the lead back to the Pioneers after the first quarter. The Sagehens outscored the Pioneers 24-12 in the second quarter and held the Pioneers scoreless until 4:45 left until halftime with the Sagehens leading 34-19. The Pioneers added a few baskets late in the first half but a strong first half by English and Church gave the Sagehens a 46-29 lead at halftime.
The Sagehens continued their dominance in the third quarter as they held Lewis & Clark to a game-low five points in the third. The Sagehens also hit a scoring drought in the third as they tallied their lowest scoring quarter of the game with 16 but still extended their lead over the Pioneers to 62-34 heading into the fourth.
The Sagehens went into the fourth with a comfortable lead but continued to score the basketball well against Lewis & Clark. The Sagehens were able to take their largest lead of the game at 39 points with 1:12 left in the fourth after a sophomore Vanessa Hsia layup and Pomona-Pitzer cruised to an 85-48 victory over Lewis & Clark.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host non-conference opponent Webster on Monday, December 30th at 1:00 p.m.