Claremont, Calif. (January 19, 2015) – This week in Sagehens Athletics saw an exciting Saturday on campus, with a dramatic finish in the annual Sixth Street Showdown in Men’s Basketball, and the Swimming and Diving teams celebrating Senior Day with a sweep of Redlands.
Men’s Basketball entered the week with a long losing streak, largely due to significant injury problems that had kept several key players out. The Sagehens had four of those players return to action this week, including Joseph Eyen ’15 (who hadn’t played since Dec. 13), and came away with a pair of close wins, defeating Redlands 54-52 and then knocking off CMS in the annual rivalry game 58-57 thanks to a thrilling finish.
The Sagehens were down 57-53 to CMS with 30 seconds left, but scored the final five points of the game, taking the lead with 5.4 seconds left. CMS had a chance to win, but a long three-pointer caromed off the rim and Eyen secured the defensive rebound with one second left to seal the win. Eyen shot 4-5 from the floor on the day for 11 points, ranking second on the team, and also clinched the Redlands win on Tuesday with a foul shot to make the score 54-50 with four seconds left (Redlands scored a meaningless two-point shot at the buzzer to make the final 54-52).
Adrian Brandon ’15 added five points and five rebounds in the CMS win and seven points and four rebounds against Redlands. Freshmen Hunter Lowry ’18 and Glenn Leininger ’18 combined for nine points against Redlands and each scored on their only shot attempts in the win over CMS.
Women’s Basketball fell to Redlands and CMS this week, despite strong efforts from Basha Brulee-Wills ’17, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds against Redlands and 14 points against CMS. Amelia Hummel ’16 added 10 rebounds against Redlands and a team-high eight against the Athenas. Both basketball teams travel to Caltech midweek, and then host Chapman in a doubleheader on Saturday (women at 5, men at 7).
Swimming and Diving earned a sweep of Redlands as both the men’s and women’s teams improved to 5-0 on the season. A total of 18 seniors were honored before the meet, including Mari Pettibone ’15 from the women’s team and Eirik Hansen ’15 and Andrew Savage ’15 of the men’s team. Kyle Dalrymple ’17 won the breaststroke events, Andy Wright ’16 took first place in the 1650, and Hansen contributed to the winning freestyle relay team. Cayla Nishizaki ’17 took first place in the 50 free and Kara Miller-Radest ’18 won the 200 fly for the women’s team.
The spring season will begin this week with two sports getting underway, both of which are led by Pitzer seniors. Alyssa Woodward ’15, a returning All-American, will try to help Women’s Water Polo to a fourth straight SCIAC title in her four seasons (along with classmate Carter Grant ’15) as the team opens at the Cal Baptist Lancer Invite on Saturday, while Ahsha Earwood ’17 returns to her starting goalie position. Softball, led by All-West Region outfielder Ashley Morello ’15, starts its season at home on Friday against Willamette at 1 p.m. Eden Griffen ’17 is also one of two returning pitchers for the Sagehens in 2015.
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This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold
Tuesday, Jan. 27
Men’s Basketball at Caltech, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 28
Women’s Basketball at Caltech, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 30
Softball (H) vs. Willamette, 1 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 31
Swimming/Diving at Cal Lutheran (w/ Oxy), 11 a.m.
Women’s Water Polo vs. UCSB (at Cal Baptist), 12:45 p.m.
Softball at St. Katherine, 1 p.m.
Women’s Water Polo vs. CSU Bakersfield (at Cal Baptist), 4:30 p.m.
Women’s Basketball (H) vs. Chapman, 5 p.m.
Men’s Basketball (H) vs. Chapman, 7 p.m.