PASADENA, CA. – First-year Emily Church dropped a career-high 23 points as the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Caltech 73-58 on Wednesday night.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 13-9 overall and 8-5 in SCIAC play.
The Sagehens were led by Church with a career-high 23 points and added 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Fellow post player sophomore Amara Chidom also tallied a double-double, her third of the year, with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
The Sagehens had a nice night shooting the basketball at 46% from the floor and 40% from beyond the arc hitting on eight of their 20 attempts. Pomona-Pitzer dominated the boards as they outrebounded Caltech 45-33 and outscored the Beavers in the paint 36-22.
The Beavers got out to an early lead in the first quarter and led 7-4 inside the first five minutes. The Sagehens sparked an 11-0 run capped off by a Chidom layup to take a 15-7 lead. The Beavers scored some late baskets to chip away at the Sagehens' lead but Pomona-Pitzer led 18-14 at the end of the first.
The Sagehens had a monster second quarter as they outscored Caltech 20-9 in the second. Pomona-Pitzer's offense was rolling to start the second and extended its lead to 30-17 with five minutes to go after sophomore Cameron Edward's layup forced Caltech to burn a timeout. The Beavers got the lead back down to 10 points but the Sagehens added some late offense by Chidom to take a 38-23 lead at halftime.
The Sagehens had their highest scoring quarter of the game as they outscored the Beavers 24-17 in the third. Church picked up the offense in the third quarter and tallied seven third quarter points. The Sagehens continued to grow the lead throughout the third and took their largest lead of the game at 28 points with a 62-34 lead with 1:45 left in the third.
The Beavers showed life in the fourth quarter as they had their best quarter of the game with 18 points and held the Sagehens to just 11, but the big third quarter lead was too much for the Beavers to overcome as the Sagehens glided to a big win on the road.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host SCIAC opponent Cal Lutheran on Saturday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m.