LOS ANGELES, CA -- It took all 40 minutes for the Occidental Tigers to defeat the Athenas 72-69 as Aria Krumwiede's (SO, Scottsdale, AZ) last-second shot fell short and the Tigers dodged an upset.
The Athenas started the game on an 8-4 scoring run and kept the Tigers within striking distance throughout the first half. CMS shot and outstanding 63.6% from the field in the first half, but the Tigers were able to convert six three-point shots in the first 20 minutes (6-14).
With a 35-31 lead in the second half, the Tigers looked to put the Athenas away, but a momentum swing created an 18-4 run that had the Athenas leading by 10 with 12 minutes to go. The Tigers were able to cut the lead to four by the seven-minute mark, but the Athenas extended their lead back to eight with five minutes left. That was when the Tigers poured a 17-3 run in four minutes to put the Athenas in an eight point deficit. Key baskets by Krumweide in the closing minute of the game, along with the Tigers' missed free-throws, pulled the Athenas within three and gave them a chance to tie with 7.2 seconds left. But Krumweide's three-pointer fell short and the Tigers escaped the upset.
Senior Cameron Hanson (SR, Rockville, MD) had 13 points and four rebounds on the night. Krumwiede scored a game-high 23 points and was 50% from the field (6-12) and 50% from the three-point arc (3-6). Camille Sheffield (SR, Gambier, OH) had a great night off the bench by scoring nine points, five assists, and grabbing three rebounds.
The Athenas end their season with a winning record (16-10, 7-7 SCIAC) and second in the league in 3-point percentage (.341) and defensive rebounds (34.8). They also ended the regular season with a miraculous four-game winning streak, which was the second longest winning streak in the conference.
To end the season, Krumwiede was third in the league in scoring and second in assists and 3-point percentage. Hanson was ninth in rebounding and third in field goal percentage. Grace Beck (SO, Santa Cruz) finished the year third in the league in 3-point percentage. Jennifer Osgood (SR, Vashon, WA) Jennifer Ringoen (SO, San Mateo) and Hanson were fourth, fifth and sixth in blocked shots, respectively.
The Occidental Tigers will move on to the SCIAC Post-Season Tournament Final to face Redlands on Saturday February 27.