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The Sagehen Report for February 4

Jenn Okonkwo '16 had a huge game with 20 points and 15 rebounds in a 61-40 win over Caltech to help Women's Basketball to a 2-0 week.

Jenn Okonkwo '16 had a huge game with 20 points and 15 rebounds in a 61-40 win over Caltech to help Women's Basketball to a 2-0 week.

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Whereas two weeks ago was all about symbolic or moral victories for Pomona-Pitzer Athletics, this past week was just about plain old victories, as the four Sagehen winter teams went a combined 7-0, and Softball opened up its season with a solid split by bouncing back after a loss in the opener to take the nightcap of a doubleheader.

Women’s Basketball earned a perfect 2-0 week, with some last-minute drama in a 57-55 win at La Sierra on Thursday, followed by a cruise control 61-40 win over Caltech on Saturday. The La Sierra game saw the Golden Eagles tie the score 55-55 on a deep three-pointer with 31.7 seconds left, and then throw a swarming full-court press on the Sagehens to try to force a turnover. Pomona-Pitzer broke the press, and a pair of freshmen teamed up on the winning basket, as Alice Timken ’16 found Amelia Hummel ’16 unguarded on the left baseline, and Hummel converted on the game-winning lay-up with 15 seconds left. After a timeout, La Sierra tried to drive to the basket, but Timken poked the ball free from behind.

The Saturday game against Caltech saw the Sagehens assert their inside dominance behind Jenn Okonkwo ’16, who had a huge day with 20 points and 15 rebounds, 11 of which came on the offensive end. Vanessa Ho ’13 added a solid performance with 13 points, while Juliah Shay Kim ’16 returned from an injury to chip in with 12 points.

The Men’s Basketball team only had one game on the week, and had to deal with a strong challenge from Caltech, which jumped out to a 10-point lead early (23-13) and still had the game tied at 52-52 with just over seven minutes to play. However, the Sagehens pulled away late for a not-as-easy-as-it-looks 72-56 win. Five players scored in double figures for the Sagehens, led by Kyle McAndrews ’15 with 18 points and John Weiss ’14 with 17. Michael Cohen ’15 also chipped in with 12 points and seven steals, while Xavyr Moss PI ’13 and Joe Knight PI ’16 each added 10. The victory moved Pomona-Pitzer alone into third place in the SCIAC, one game ahead of Whittier and Chapman, and the Sagehens travel to Chapman on Wednesday for a huge game, where a win could virtually secure a postseason bid.

The Swimming and Diving teams swept their duals this weekend, as the Sagehen women’s team cruised to two easy wins, defeating Caltech 208-61 and Cal Lutheran 191-97 to improve to 8-2 in dual meets and 7-1 in the SCIAC. The Sagehens Men’s team edged Cal Lutheran in a tight meet 153-141, and defeated Caltech 221-57, improving to 6-4 in dual meets and 6-2 in the SCIAC.

Pomona-Pitzer’s Men’s team, which does not have a varsity diver, fell behind Cal Lutheran 32-0 before the swimming competition even began, and also lost both relays, but earned just enough points in the main competition to come away with the 12-point win. The Sagehens got a big lift right away in the 1650-yard freestyle, with J.P. Cumming ’13 leading a 1-2-3 finish, before later adding a second win in the 500-yard freestyle to sweep both distance events. Kevin Byrne ’14 led a 1-2-3 finish in the 200-yard freestyle, and Tommy DePaoli ’13 led another one in the 200-yard butterfly, his first of two individual wins. Hugh Berryman ’15 also had two individual wins in the freestyle sprints.

The women’s side saw the Sagehens face little drama on its way to two wins, which officially sets up a battle with CMS at the SCIAC Championships for the 2012-13 league title (whoever finishes first at SCIACs will take the crown). Alex Lincoln ’14 brought home the first individual win in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:58.29, and Jenna Haufler ’16  added a first-place finish in the 100 back (she would later win the 100 free as well). Mari Pettibone PI ‘15 added to the individual take by sweeping the two breastroke events. A 1-2-3 finish in the 50-yard freestyle sent the Sagehens on their way to the win, as Johanna Rayl ’16 took first in 26.16.  Vicky Gyorffy ’15 won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:12.44, and Ellana Basada ’16 earned the 400-yard IM title.

Softball opened up its spring season with a home doubleheader against Vanguard, falling in the opener 10-1, but regrouping to capture a narrow 3-2 win in the nightcap. Caitlyn Hynes ’14 had the big day at the plate for Pomona-Pitzer, hitting 3-for-5 with three RBI, including the two-run double in the nightcap that proved to be the difference. Fiona Riley ’15 threw a complete game to get the win, and pitched out of a jam in the fifth after a leadoff triple put the tying run on third with nobody out.

Two more spring sports get underway with home games this weekend, as the Pomona-Pitzer Baseball team hosts a three-game series with Pacific (single game Friday, doubleheader on Saturday) and a Sunday game with Whitworth. The Women’s Lacrosse team, meanwhile, starts its 2013 season with a home game against Chapman on Saturday at 1 p.m. (which will be played on the South Athletic Complex on top of the parking garage.).

In news from the fall season, Jason Cox PI ’13 was named the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Division III Player of the Year, and was joined on the first-team All-America squad by Mark Hudnall ’13. Cody Moore ’13 was also named to the second team, while Jarrod Gaut PI ’14 was named an honorable mention selection. 

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This Week’s Schedule

Home Games in Bold

Wednesday, Feb. 6
Men’s Basketball: Pomona-Pitzer at Chapman, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 7
Women’s Basketball: Pomona-Pitzer at Chapman, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 8
Softball (H) vs. La Sierra, 12 p.m. (DH)
Baseball (H) vs. Pacific (Ore.), 2 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9
Diving at SCIAC Prelims (@ Caltech), 9 a.m.
Baseball (H) vs. Pacific (Ore.), 11 a.m. (DH)
Women’s Water Polo at La Verne, 11:30 a.m.
Women’s Lacrosse (H) vs. Chapman, 1 p.m.
Women’s Water Polo vs. Redlands (@ ULV), 1 p.m.
Women’s Basketball at Cal Lutheran, 5 p.m.
Men’s Basketball at Cal Lutheran, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 10
Diving at SCIAC Prelims (@ Caltech), 9 a.m.
Baseball (H) vs. Whitworth, 10 a.m.

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