CLAREMONT, CA – The Athens won their second straight road game Thursday with a 62-44 over their cross-street rivals the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. The Athenas never trailed and led by as many 29 points in the second half. It was the eighth straight win for CMS Women's basketball over Pomona-Pitzer.
The contest was close early, as the Sagehens tied the game in the early going at 10 points apiece, but CMS responded behind Junior forward Frannie Hemmelgarn and her 11 first half points to take a 32-20 lead into the locker room. She finished with a game high in points (15) and a team high in rebounds (10).
A 14-1 second half run gave the Athenas their largest lead of the night at 58-29 with 6:32 remaining before the Sagehens scratched their way back into it a bit before the buzzer sounded at 62-44.
Freshman point guard Kimberly Scamman (pictured) was an efficient 6-for-10 from the floor for 13 points to go along with a game-high five assists and five steals as well.
CMS forced 33 Sagehen turnovers, sparked by SCIAC season record 24 team steals. The steals led to easy transition baskets for the Athenas all evening. CMS shot a scorching 45% from the floor.
Pomona-Pitzer Senior Asha Gipson put together another solid performance in the loss with six points and 12 rebounds.
The Athenas return to action Saturday in the first of a Women's-Men's doubleheader at home, as CMS hosts Cal Lutheran (12-6, 5-2 SCIAC). The women tip-off at 5:00 pm.