Women's Basketball: Sagehens' Comeback Falls Short In 82-71 Loss At CMS

Women's Basketball: Sagehens' Comeback Falls Short In 82-71 Loss At CMS

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team fell in the Sixth Street Rivalry to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) rival CMS 82-71 on Wednesday night at Roberts Pavilion.

Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens fall to 11-9 overall and 6-5 in SCIAC play.

The Sagehens were led by sophomore Madison Quan who had a team-high 19 points and five assists in the loss. First-year Emily Church came off of the bench to add 12 points and eight rebounds while sophomore Cameron Edward and junior Renae Tamura each added 11.

The Athenas hurt the Sagehens on the boards as the Sagehens were outrebounded by CMS 40-30 with CMS grabbing 18 offensive boards and outscored the Sagehens 42-30 in the paint.

The Sagehens and Athenas went back and forth early on in the first quarter, but the Sagehens were able to take an early lead at 15-11 after a Quan and-one with 4:39 left to play.  CMS responded with a late run to end the first quarter and took back the lead from the Sagehens at 22-18 heading into the second quarter.

The Athenas then started the second with another big run as they opened the second with the first 12 points of the quarter to take a 34-18 lead.  The Sagehens got the deficit down to within eight points at 38-30, but CMS ended the first half with the final six points of the half and grew their lead to 46-30 at halftime.

Pomona-Pitzer responded after halftime with their best quarter of the game as they outscored CMS 20-15 in the third. CMS got the lead to as high as 20 points early on in the third but the Sagehens slowly began to chip away at the lead and a last second layup by Tamura cut the deficit to 61-50 heading into the fourth.

The Sagehens picked up right where they left off in the third and continued to trim the Athenas' lead.  Pomona-Pitzer quickly got the lead down to four points at 63-59 after a pair of Tamura free throws with 6:25 left to play.  Although the Sagehens got to within striking distance, CMS was able to counter with a few points on consecutive possession and pushed the lead back up to double-digits at 72-61. Pomona-Pitzer attempted a late comeback but was forced to foul as the Athenas closed the game out at the line.

Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to SCIAC opponent Redlands on Saturday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m.