WHITTIER, CA -- The Athenas (15-9, 6-7 SCIAC) knew they needed to win their last four SCIAC contests in order to have a shot at advance to the SCIAC tournament. With a convincingly 80-61 win against fourth-place Whittier (13-11, 6-7 SCIAC) the Athenas have won three straight games and are one win away from potentially nabbing the fourth and final spot in the tournament.
The Poets took an early 14-9 lead eight minutes into the first half, but the Athenas were able to close the gap by the ten-minute mark. CMS then sparked a 21-9 run to take a 30-25 lead into halftime. Five minutes into the second half the Poets narrowed the lead to two. But the Athenas stormed back with a six-minute 22-9 run that would make the deficit insurmountable for the Poets.
The Athenas owned the boards by grabbing 44 rebounds to the Poets 23. They also lead in points off the bench (16-8), blocks (7-3) and steals (12-11). The most drastic statistic was the Athenas' free throw shooting as they shot 34-42 from the charity stripe, which is the most they've shot this season.
Aria Krumwiede (SO, Scottsdale, AZ [pictured]) led the game in scoring with 21 points, which included 12-15 from the free-throw line. Cameron Hanson (SR, Rockville, MD) scored 12 points and was one rebound short of a double-double. Jennifer Osgood (SR, Vashon, WA) and Taylon Johnson (SO, Prairie Village, KS) also scored in double-figures with 10 and 11 respectively.
On Saturday, Feb. 20 the Athenas will host 6th street rival Pomona-Pitzer (5-17, 1-12 SCIAC). A win against Pomona-Pitzer and a Whittier loss will give the Athenas the last seed in the SCIAC tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 PM.