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February 28, 2011

Athenas Fall Short Against Tigers in SCIAC Championship

CMS women's basketball faced off against the Occidental Tigers on Saturday at Occidental in the SCIAC Tournament Championships.  It was a close game between the teams, but Occidental came out victorious 55-49.  CMS and Occidental played each other in the Tournament semifinals last year, a game in which Occidental edged out the Athenas by three points in the final seconds.  The Tigers entered the tournament this year as the top seed, while CMS was the third seed.  In order to make it to the title game, CMS defeated the University of Redlands 52-46, while Occidental beat the University of La Verne 52-45.

Despite unfavorable results in the previous two match-ups between these teams during the regular season, the Athenas were not fazed.  The game started out slow for both teams, with just six points each after nine minutes of play.  Unfortunately for CMS, Occidental went on a 16-6 run to finish the first half and stayed on top for the remainder of the game.  During the first half CMS only had 17 shots and turned the ball over 13 times.  At the break CMS was down 22-12.

In the second half, the Athenas found themselves down by 13, but were able to slowly chip away at the Tigers' lead and bring the spread to just five with 3:38 to play.  The second half was much better for the Athenas, but they were unable to sustain a run. A three-pointer and four clutch free throws by senior Tiger Laura Mohler allowed Occidental to take a nine-point lead with just 12 seconds remaining.  CMS refused to roll over, however.  Aria Krumwiede (JR, Scottsdale, AZ) finished the game for the Athenas by nailing three consecutive free throws after being fouled with just seven seconds remaining. 

Makenzie Brandon from Occidental led both teams in scoring with 22 points.  CMS' Frannie Hemmelgarn (SO, Seattle, WA) led the CMS offense with 19 points.  Hemmelgarn also led the defense with 14 rebounds, the most on either team.  Krumwiede and Madeline Barnes (FR, Kenmore, WA) both finished the game with 10 points. 

Overall, CMS had a great season.  They finished with an overall record of 20-7 and a conference record of 9-5.  Hard work and good team chemistry has allowed the Athenas to continue building their team.  With no graduating players, the Athenas will be a team to beat next season.