CMS sent their seniors out in style on Senior Night at Ducey Gymnasium on Wednesday by beating cross-campus rival Pomona-Pitzer 60-47. The Athenas recognized all the members of the senior class prior to the game including Anastasia Jones, Jennifer Ringoen, Elissa Ronquillo and Kalika Tullock along with three players who were unable to compete this season due to injury: Grace Beck, Aria Krumwiede and Taylon Johnson. The seven players have combined to play in 503 games and score 3068 points with 1524 rebounds, 556 assists and 390 steals.
The Athenas started off slowly with turnovers on their first three possessions while the Sagehens hit their first two shots, both threes, to take a 6-0 lead. CMS quickly tied the score at six and eight and then went on an 11-0 run to take a lead they would never relinquish. CMS led 31-22 at halftime and eventually built a 24-point lead in the second half in which all 13 Athena players saw action. CMS improved to 15-9 overall and 9-4 in SCIAC with the win while Pomona-Pitzer fell to 4-20 and 2-11.
Frannie Hemmelgarn recorded her 11th double-double of the season with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. She also shared the team lead in assists (three) with Kyra Ray and the lead in steals (two) with Ringoen and Jones. CMS shot 49.0% (25-51) for the game from the field and ten different Athenas scored.
Three Sagehens scored in double figures led by Emi Hashizume's 11. Asha Gipson, Pomona-Pitzer's lone senior, had a double-double of her own with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
CMS finishes the regular season at Occidental on Saturday night at 5:00. The Athenas will secure the #3 seed in the SCIAC Tournament with a win or with a Cal Lutheran loss to Redlands. The Tournament semifinals will be Thursday, February 23.