Claremont, Calif. (February 2, 2014) – This week in Sagehens Athletics saw Pitzer athletes come up big in a doubleheader sweep of Chapman on Saturday at Voelkel Gymnasium.
The day was capped off with a thrilling 89-87 double-overtime win over No. 15 Chapman, which entered the week undefeated (16-0). Adrian Brandon ’15 was the man of the hour, knocking down a tying three-pointer with 12 seconds left in the first overtime (off a pass from Joseph Eyen ’15) and then getting the winning tip-in with six seconds left in the second overtime to break an 87-87 tie. Brandon finished with a career-high 22 points on 10-15 shooting, and added nine rebounds and five assists, while Eyen added nine points off the bench.
Earlier in the week, Eyen had a career high 17 points as the Sagehens defeated Caltech 63-55 on the road, while Brandon had six assists and no turnovers. Men’s Basketball is on the road this week for two key SCIAC games at Cal Lutheran on Tuesday and at La Verne on Saturday as it tries to extend its four-game win streak.
Women’s Basketball also pulled off an upset at home, knocking off second-place Chapman 64-60 on Saturday in the first half of the doubleheader. Basha Brulee-Wills ’17 had a huge day with 22 points and 14 rebounds, including a big three-pointer with under two minutes left to put the Sagehens ahead by four, one possession after Kacie Hitomi ’17 put her team in front with a tough driving bank shot. Amelia Hummel ’16 added an offensive rebound and two pressure foul shots to stretch the lead to five with 50 seconds left, and Brulee-Wills sealed the win with two foul shots with one second on the clock. Hummel finished with 14 points, Anya Quig ’18 had nine, Hitomi had eight, and McKenna VanderKley ’17 chipped in with six.
On Wednesday, the Sagehens also took a close 68-60 win over Caltech, as Brulee-Wills had 12 points and 15 rebounds. Quig added 10 points, and Hitomi and Hummel each added nine. Women’s Basketball travels to Cal Lutheran on Wednesday and La Verne on Saturday. Highlights of the Chapman game, with the big plays late from Hitomi, Brulee-Wills and Hummel, can be found here: https://pe.pomona.edu/sports/wbkb/2014-15/videos/20150201-tyuofl3r
Both Swimming and Diving teams improved to 7-0 in the SCIAC on the year by sweeping a SCIAC tri-meet from Occidental and Cal Lutheran on Saturday. Cayla Nishizaki ’17 won the 100 free for the women, while Dawn Barlow ’16 was first in the one-meter dive, Kara Miller-Radest ’18 won the 200 butterfly, and Margaret Pettibone ’15 took first in the 200 breaststroke. Eirik Hansen ’15 and Andrew Savage ’15 were part of the winning freestyle relay team for the men. The Swimming/Diving teams travel across the street to CMS on Saturday in a battle of SCIAC unbeatens.
Softball and Women’s Water Polo opened their seasons this weekend. Despite not cracking the win column, the Sagehens got strong efforts from their Pitzer athletes, with Ashley Morello ’15 batting 4-for-9 with hits in all three games for the softball team, and Natalie Ireland ’18 added hits in both games of a doubleheader with Whitworth. Alyssa Woodward ’15 scored two goals against both No. 14 UC Santa Barbara and CSU Bakersfield, while Hope Grant ’17 had two goals against Bakersfield.
Two more spring sports get underway this weekend at home, as Baseball has four games at Alumni Field, beginning on Friday with a 2 p.m. game against Whitworth, while Men’s Tennis hosts Occidental on Saturday at 10 a.m. Baseball will be led by senior shortstop Sam Fox ’15 and senior third baseman E.J. Lopez ’15, both of whom are in their fourth seasons as starters. Men’s Tennis returns Jake Yasgoor ’17, who ended his first season playing No. 1 singles, and Graham Maassen ’17, and Jonathan Kim ’16, who were regulars in the singles lineup.
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This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold
Tuesday, Feb. 3
Men’s Basketball at Cal Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 4
Women’s Basketball at Cal Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 6
Baseball (H) vs. Puget Sound, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 7
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Occidental, 10 a.m.
Men’s Swimming/Diving at CMS, 11 a.m.
Women’s Swimming/Diving at CMS, 11 a.m.
Baseball (H) vs. Whitworth, 11 a.m. (DH)
Softball (H) vs. Puget Sound, 12 p.m. (DH)
Women’s Water Polo vs. Occidental, 1:30 p.m. (at Whittier)
Women’s Basketball at La Verne, 2 p.m.
Men’s Tennis at Chapman, 3 p.m.
Men’s Basketball at La Verne, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8
Baseball (H) vs. Puget Sound, 12 p.m.
Women’s Golf at CMS Tri-Match, 12 p.m. (Empire Lakes).