CLAREMONT, Calif. – Second-chance points and rebounding proved to be the difference as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's basketball team lost to Pomona-Pitzer 69-65 on Thursday night at Voelkel Gymnasium in SCIAC play. With the loss CMS is now 8-15 overall and 4-10 in SCIAC with two games remaining, while Pomona-Pitzer improved to 6-15 overall, 5-9 in SCIAC.
A six-plus minute stretch in the second half gave Pomona-Pitzer a double-digit lead after leading by just a point at halftime, 28-27. During the run Pomona-Pitzer stretched a one-point lead at the 17:30 mark to a 13-point lead after a layup by senior guard Vanessa Ho with 11:02 remaining in the game made the score 52-39.
CMS nearly pulled off the comeback going on a run of its own behind the offensive effort of junior guard Madeline Barnes. Down 52-40, CMS outscored Pomona-Pitzer 16-4 over five minutes to tie the game at 56-56 on a free-throw by junior forward Chloe Dobbert. Barnes had 10 of her 17 points, including a pair of three-pointers during the run after being limited for much of the game because of foul trouble. After a Barnes' jumper which tied the score at 58 with 4:48 remaining, Ho answered with a three-pointer at the 3:46 mark to give Pomona-Pitzer the lead for good.
The first half was back-and-forth with 14 lead changes and no team holding a lead larger than six points. The largest lead of the first half came after a pair of free-throws by Pomona-Pitzer sophomore forward Maria Weyhrauch at the 11:57 mark to make the score 14-8. In the first matchup of the season, CMS jumped out to a 15-point first half lead but Thursday night's game was a different story. Junior guard Kyra Ray had 11 points for the Athenas in the first half including a stretch where she scored nine-straight points to help the team keep pace.
The Athenas were outrebounded 47-29 on the night which led to several second-chance points. Pomona-Pitzer held the advantage in second-chance points as well with 14. Freshman forward Jenn Okonkwo scored several second-chance points for Pomona-Pitzer as she finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Ho added 14 points.
CMS had three players in double-figure scoring as Barnes and guard Aria Krumwiede each had 17 points while Ray added 11. Dobbert added eight points and a team-high nine rebounds for CMS.
CMS next hosts Redlands on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Ducey Gymnasium with tip-off set for 5 p.m.