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The Sagehen Report for January 6

Head Coach Charles Katsiaficas became one of 35 active coaches at the NCAA Division III level with 400 career wins when the Sagehens defeated Trinity (Texas) 68-63 on Dec. 30.

Head Coach Charles Katsiaficas became one of 35 active coaches at the NCAA Division III level with 400 career wins when the Sagehens defeated Trinity (Texas) 68-63 on Dec. 30.

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The end of the holiday break saw a major milestone reached by one of Pomona-Pitzer’s head coaches, and an impressive showing by the Women’s Swimming and Diving team, which nearly upset the No. 12 ranked team in Division II.

Head Men's Basketball Coach Charles Katsiaficas became one of 35 active coaches in NCAA Division III with 400 career wins when he reached the milestone in Pomona-Pitzer’s 68-63 road win over Trinity (Texas) on Dec. 30. Katsiaficas also added win No. 401 when Pomona-Pitzer returned to SCIAC play with a 90-73 home win over Redlands on Saturday. Jake Klewer ’14 had double-doubles in both games, recording 11 points and 16 rebounds against Trinity and 12 points and 12 rebounds against Redlands. Michael Cohen ’15 led five players in double figures in scoring against Redlands with 20 points as the Sagehens jumped out to a 10-2 lead and led wire to wire.

Women’s Basketball picked up a non-conference win over Webster on Dec. 30 at Voelkel Gymnasium, holding on for a 66-60 win, but fell to Redlands on Saturday in a defensive struggle 56-41. In the Webster game, Jenn Okonkwo ’16 had a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds (10 offensive), and Alaina Woo ’17 added 13 points on 4-6 shooting an no turnovers at her point guard position in 36 minutes. Basha Brulee-Wills PI ’17 had a double-double in the Redlands loss with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Both basketball teams host Chapman this week, with the men entertaining the Panthers on Wednesday night at 7:30, and the women hosting a game on Thursday night at 7:30. Both teams will then be on the road on Saturday for a doubleheader at Whittier.

Swimming and Diving resumed action after a three-week layoff when it traveled to Biola for a multi-team meet on Saturday. Men’s Swimming and Diving went 2-0, edging NAIA Fresno Pacific 146-141 and easily defeating host Biola, while Women’s Swimming and Diving was 2-1, falling by just five points (142-137) to Alaska-Fairbanks, which is ranked No. 12 at the NCAA Division II level.

On the men’s side, Hugh Berryman ’15 anchored the final event (200-yard freestyle relay) to provide the narrow margin of victory over Fresno Pacific.  Pieter Derdeyn ’16 also swam a strong third leg, winning by over a second to give Berryman a lead heading into the final leg. Berryman also anchored the 200-yard medley relay in the first event of the day to stake the Sagehens to an early lead.  Daniel To ’17 won both backstroke events, and Berryman added a win in the 50-yard freestyle.

On the women’s side,  Kay Sterner ’17 won the 1000-yard freestyle and Alex Lincoln ’14 earned a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle, as Pomona-Pitzer came up just short against Alaska-Fairbanks. The Sagehens won the final freestyle relay, but the Nanooks had enough of a lead to hold on for the narrow win. Pomona-Pitzer did pick up comfortable wins over both Fresno Pacific (183-102) and Biola (196-85) to go 2-1 on the day.

The Sagehens host two meets this week, entertaining Wheaton (Mass.) on Tuesday at Haldeman Pool and then a conference tri-meet with Occidental and Caltech on Saturday.

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This Week's Schedule

Home Games in Bold

Tuesday, January 7
Swimming/Diving (H) vs. Wheaton (Mass.), 12 p.m.

Wednesday, January 8
Men’s Basketball (H) vs. Chapman, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 9
Women’s Basketball (H) vs. Chapman, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 11
Swimming/Diving (H) vs. Occidental/Caltech, 11 a.m.
Men’s Basketball at Whittier, 5 p.m.
Women’s Basketball at Whittier, 7 p.m.