CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team came away with an exhilarating 56-53 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 11-8 overall and 6-4 in SCIAC play
The Sagehens were led by first-year Kaitlyn Leung who led the team with 13 points. Sophomore Madison Quan has 12 points and six rebounds while first-year Emily Church had nine points and 11 rebounds in the win.
The Sagehens outshot the Panthers from the floor at 37% to Chapman's 29.2% as well as beyond the arc as the Sagehens hit on 7-24 shots with Chapman hitting 7-27. Pomona-Pitzer held a slight advantage in rebounds at 45-41 and 22 points in the paint to Chapman's 20, but the Panthers had three fewer turnovers with 12 to Pomona-Pitzer's 15.
The two teams kept it close early on in the first half with Chapman holding a small 8-7 lead just over minutes into the first. The Sagehens ended the quarter on an 8-2 run and held a 15-10 lead heading into the second.
The Panthers erased their first-half deficit as they outscored the Sagehens 21-13 in the second quarter. Pomona-Pitzer stayed on top midway through the second and held a 24-18 lead with 4:08 left to play in the first half. Chapman ended the first half on a 13-4 run and took a 31-28 lead heading into halftime.
A slow third quarter of offense from both teams that saw a combined total of just 18 points in 10 minutes of action. The Sagehens were just 3-15 from the floor in the third while Chapman hit on 4-15 shots from the field as the Panthers went into the fourth quarter with a 41-36 lead.
A huge fourth quarter for the Sagehens saved the game as they hit on four of their seven shots from three in the fourth and held the Panthers to only 12 points in the quarter while putting up 20 of their own. Pomona-Pitzer virtually erased their deficit on back-to-back possession as first-year Charlize Andaya nailed a huge three to bring the Sagehens within four points at 45-41 and Quan followed up with a three on the ensuing possession to pull within one point at 45-44 with 6:27 left to play.
The Panthers stayed on top but the Sagehens came back with back-to-back threes again as sophomore Cameron Edward hit a big three to trim the lead back down to one point at 50-49 and after a Chapman basket, Leung hit a three to tie the game at 52-52 with 2:41 left in the fourth.
The Sagehens took a two-point lead after Leung converted two free-throws at the line and Quan hit two big free throws later to push the lead to three points at 56-53. The Panthers had multiple three-point attempts on the final possession but the ball rimmed out with seconds left to play as the Sagehens survived at home and came away with the win.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel across the street as they take on CMS in the Sixth Street Rivalry on Wednesday, February 5th at 8:30 p.m.