P-P Men Win Two Straight
The P-P men’s basketball team rattled off two wins in a row after dropping its first three games of pre-conference play. The Sagehens bounced Trinity University 67-54 on Saturday and defeated the American Sports University 78-58 on Wednesday, both victories coming at home.
After pulling into halftime down 28-27 against Trinity, the Sagehens outscored the visitors by 14 in the second period to win their first game of the season. P-P shot only 33.3% from the field in the first half, but they brought that number up to 65.4% in the second to fuel the turnaround. This was also the first time all season P-P shot above 20% from beyond th arc, as the dropped in 6 of 18 three-pointers for a 33.3%.
Donald Okpalugo PO ‘13 and Xavyr Moss PO ‘13 eached dropped 18 points to lead the team.
P-P won the rebounding game as well as they grabbed 40 boards to Trinity’s 29. Jake Krewel PO’14 dominated on the glass for the Sagehens as he pulled down 15 rebounds, four offensive and 11 defensive.
After the 67-54 victory, P-P then took on the American Sports University, and handily won by a twenty-point margin.
Krewel was dominant again as he led the Sagehens in points (16), rebounds (9), assists (6), and steals. The freshman forward has proved to be a dominant force out of the gate, as he leads the Sagehens with 12.4 points-per-game and 9.6 rebounds-per-game. He also leads the team with 13 assists and is tied for the team lead with 7 steals.
P-P’s SCIAC season does not begin until Jan. 8, 2011 when the Sagehens tip-off at Caltech.
Women Off to A Shaky Start
The P-P women’s basketball team has gotten off to a shaky start to the 2010-2011 season. The team has fallen to Linfield, Carleton, and UC Santa Cruz in its first three games.
The Sagehens finished a disappointing 1-13 and last place in SCIAC play last year, and hopefully the start to this new season does not signal more of the same. Luckily SCIAC play does not begin to Jan. 8, 2011 when the Sagehens take on Caltech, so the team has plenty of time to turn things around.
Linfield 77, P-P 51 (Nov. 23)
In their first game of the season, the Sagehens were overmatched by a well-balanced Linfield attack. Emi Hashizume PI ’14 went 4-8 from beyond the arc and finished with 17 points, but four Wildcats scored in double figures, and Linfield won handily.
Carleton 70, P-P 49 (Nov. 26)
In the first leg of the two-day David Wells Basketball Classic, Carleton got a big boost from Emma Purfeest’s double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds), and the Sagehens were held to 17.9 percent shooting in the second half. Christina Sheckler PI ’13 and Emily Van Gulik PO ’11 combined to score 23 points for the Hens.
UC Santa Cruz 68, P-P 34 (Nov. 27 @ CMS)
The Sagehens didn’t fare much better in their second game of the weekend. Twelve players scored for UC Santa Cruz, while P-P struggled to get their shots to fall. Sheckler scored 7 points and added 12 rebounds, but the Sagehens fell to 0-3 to start their season.
P-P played at La Sierra last night at 7 p.m., and they play La Sierra again Dec. 8, this time at home.