BASKETBALL: P-P Falls to Oxy As Season Nears End

Women fail to build on victory over Caltech as Oxy controls the glass in 88-42 loss

The Sagehens (4-18, 2-9 SCIAC) came up short in their attempt to win back-to-back games after their victory over Caltech on Thursday night, losing to the Occidental Tigers (14-8, 9-2 SCIAC) by a score of 88-42. Occidental showed why they are at the top of the SCIAC conference, shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor including 10-for-13 from beyond the three point line.

The Sagehens swiped the ball away nine times, with Emi Hashizume PZ ’14 and Emily Van Gulik PO ’11 grabbing three apiece, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Tigers, as Occidental out-rebounded Pomona-Pitzer by a 42-19 margin. They scored early and often in transition against a Sagehen team that came into the game with only nine active players on the roster.

Van Gulik, continuing her stellar season, had 15 points and 10 rebounds. She leads all Sagehens in both categories. Hashizume put up 11 and went 8-for-8 from the charity stripe as she continued her excellent freshman campaign, leading the conference in free throw percentage and ranking near the top in points per game and three-point makes per game.

The Sagehens go on the road to face La Verne (9-13, 6-5 SCIAC) and Redlands (14-8, 8-3 SCIAC) before returning home to close the season again CMS (17-5, 7-4 SCIAC) on Feb. 22.

Men squander eight-point halftime lead as Tigers sweep season series with 56-49 comeback victory

After taking a 29-21 lead into the break at home against Occidental, the men’s basketball team lost the second half by 15, dropping to 3-8 in conference play and 7-15 overall on Saturday night by a final score of 56-49. Pomona-Pitzer continues to defend the 3-point shot extremely well this season, as they lead the nation in that category (26.6 percent) and gave up just 30 percent shooting from behind the arc to Occidental, but the Tigers shot nearly 60 percent from the floor in the second half on 13-of-22 shooting to pull away from the Sagehens.

In the first encounter between the two teams this season, back on January 22, the Sagehens shot under 25 percent from the floor in a 42-30 loss on the road. Coming off of their win at home against Caltech, they looked to be turning a new page, as they shot 44 percent from the field, led by Xavyr Moss PZ ’13 and his 14 first half points.

After Donald Okpalugo PO ’13 made a jump shot to extend the Sagehen lead to 45-35 midway through the second half, the Sagehens went ice cold. Meanwhile, the Tigers caught fire, going on a 14-3 run and taking a lead 49-48 with 3:46 remaining.

The Sagehens would then miss some key free throws down the stretch, going just 3-of-9 from the stripe in the second half, and it was all Tigers in the final 3:46, as they capped the game with another big run to win 56-49.

Jack Hanley, a sophomore at Occidental, led the way for the Tigers with 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting including 2-of-2 from downtown.

The Sagehens go on the road this week to face La Verne (12-10, 7-4 SCIAC) and Redlands (11-11, 8-2 SCIAC) before returning for the season finale against their bitter rivals CMS (13-8, 9-2 SCIAC).

This article is Courtesy of Claremont Sports Connection. For more sports coverage and live scores, head over tohttp://www.claremontsportsconnection.com.

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