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Athenas overcome tough shooting night for home win over Sagehens

Athenas overcome tough shooting night for home win over Sagehens
Jai Dungca and Kyra Ray (photo by John Valenzuela)

CLAREMONT, Calif. – On a night when the offense struggled for much of the game, the defense stepped up and helped the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's basketball team to a 61-50 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Thursday night at Ducey Gymnasium. The win moved CMS to 7-1, 2-0 in SCIAC, while Pomona-Pitzer fell to 3-5, 2-1 in SCIAC. The Athenas are off to their best start since 2010-11 when they began the season with a 10-1 record.

On Thursday night, CMS forced 19 Pomona-Pitzer turnovers and had nine steals to go along with a 10-rebound advantage to get the win. In a game that saw three ties and seven lead changes, Pomona-Pitzer led at times and stayed close for the duration as the final 61-50 score was the largest lead for both teams.

A basket by Amelia Hummel after an offensive rebound with 14:25 left in the game got Pomona-Pitzer within a point at 40-39 which is as close as they would get in the second half. Two free throws by senior C Chloe Dobbert on the next possession started an 8-2 run for CMS that pushed the lead to 48-41 with 9:01 remaining in the game. Pomona-Pitzer got within three points at 48-45 with 6:43 left in the game, but CMS closed out the final six-plus minutes on a 13-5 run to secure its seventh win of the season.

Senior G Madeline Barnes had a team-high 13 points while freshman C Claire Donnelly fell one rebound short of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore F Mara Falahee had a game-high 12 rebounds including seven offensive boards. Jenn Okonkwo had a game-high 14 points to go along with nine rebounds to lead Pomona-Pitzer.

Next up for CMS is a non-conference home game against Northern New Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.

Box score: http://cmsathletics.org/sports/wbkb/2013-14/boxscores/20131212_8myi.xml

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