The Sagehen Report for December 10
This week in Sagehen Athletics saw several fall athletes earn prestigious awards, while the Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball teams squeezed in a few more games before final exams and the winter break.
Duncan Hussey ’13 became the latest Sagehen to receive Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, earning a spot on the Division III Football Academic All-America Second Team. Hussey, who majors in molecular biology at Pomona, started every game as a defensive back, and also played both offense and defense in three games by lining up as a wide receiver as well. In only his second game as a wide receiver, he had 218 yards (seventh most in school history) and tied a Sagehen record with three touchdown receptions.
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced its all-region honors this week, and the Sagehens had five selections (three men and two women) on the All-West teams. Erik Munzer PI ’13 earned first-team honors on the men’s side, while Robbie Hull ’13 was on the second team and Rollie Thayer ’13 was on the third team. For the women, Allie Tao ’14 earned second-team All-West honors, while Jordan Bryant ’13 was chosen to the third team.
Men’s Basketball picked up a pair of key SCIAC wins to go into the winter break at 3-1 in league play. The Sagehens earned a narrow 60-58 win over Cal Lutheran on Wednesday, thanks to 14 points and 14 rebounds from Jake Klewer ’14. Pomona-Pitzer led by three points late in the game, when John Weiss ’14 blocked a potential tying attempt. With 1.6 seconds left, Cal Lutheran missed a free throw intentionally hoping to grab the rebound, but Klewer fittingly secured the win with the defensive board as the clock ran out.
On Saturday, the Sagehens added another league win by defeating La Verne 58-49 on the road. Pomona-Pitzer trailed by seven at the half, and was down 41-38 with just over 12 minutes left, but held the Leopards to only one point in a span of 10:11 to pull ahead 52-42. Kyle McAndrews ’15 led the Sagehens with 16 points. Pomona-Pitzer has a non-league home game on Saturday against Clarke before two weeks off for the holiday break.
The Women’s Basketball team completed a brutal stretch of schedule with home games against Cal Lutheran and Wheaton (Ill.) this week, dropping both. The last four opponents the Sagehens have faced have combined for only two losses, as Chapman and Redlands were both undefeated, while Cal Lutheran and Wheaton each had only one loss. Pomona-Pitzer’s freshmen have continued to perform well, as Jenn Okonkwo ’16 had 15 points in the Cal Lutheran loss, while Juliah Shay Kim ’16 added 10 and Amelia Hummel PI ’16 had a team-high nine rebounds. The Sagehens have a non-league game on Friday against Hope International before their holiday break.
This Week’s Schedule
Home Games In Bold
Friday, December 14
Women’s Basketball (H) vs. Hope Int’l, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 15
Men’s Basketball (H) vs. Clarke, 7:30 p.m.