Tight-Knit Hens Upset Chapman

For many students at the 5Cs, winter break means a month
of taking frequent naps, gorging on delicious food and binge-watching Netflix. Though the players of the Pomona-Pitzer women’s basketball team (4-14, 3-6
SCIAC) freely admit to accomplishing all three, winter break also means
something else to them: lots and lots of basketball. While shooting hoops the past six weeks, they’ve grown as
a team to become a truly cohesive flock.

Upon returning to their home coop of Voelkel Gymnasium Dec. 28, the Hens quickly got to work with twice-a-day practices. This dedication paid off Jan. 3 when the
team started both the conference season and the New Year with a win against
Occidental College. In total, the Sagehens played a whopping seven games while their
classmates were away.

Not only did the Hens hoop, but they also bonded as a team
over break with frequent movie nights and a trip to the beach. Despite
being down to only eight healthy players, they made the most of their time together.

“Winter break is the time when the team really starts to
grow close, because it’s the first time we’re all together without other
responsibilities,” guard Alaina Woo PO ’17 said. “It really helped us bond and
come into conference season even stronger.”

While having only eight players can be difficult in
practice, both players and coaches emphasize that it has not hurt team morale in
the slightest.

“I think having eight players has made us closer and even
more resilient,” head coach Kathy Connell wrote in an email to TSL.

Although classes have begun again, the P-P women
remain focused on finishing the season strong. This was evident in last week’s huge
performances against both the California Institute of Technology (0-20, 0-11 SCIAC) Jan. 28 and Chapman University
(8-9, 6-3 SCIAC) Jan. 31.

Despite trailing by as many as eight points to the Caltech Beavers in the first half, the Hens were able to turn the tides with the
help of Woo’s three-point shots. Woo dropped an astonishing eight
three-pointers to score a career-high 25 points and lead the Sagehens to a 68-60
win. Forward Basha Brulee-Wills PZ ‘17 led the team in rebounding, completing a
double-double with 12 points and 15 boards.

Three nights later the Hens were at it again—this
time against the favored Panthers of Chapman. P-P started off the game strong,
going into the half up 33-23. However, the Panthers crawled their way back into the
game, gaining the lead with three minutes left on the clock. 

The Hens were able
to reclaim the lead in the end, winning by a narrow margin of 64-60. Brulee-Wills had her second
double-double of the week with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Amelia Hummel PZ ’16 added 14
points and five boards, while first-year guard Anya Quig PZ ’18 contributed nine points
along with four blocks.

“It was really inspiring for us to get these wins,” Woo
said. “We were at the point in the season where we needed something to pick us
back up and remind us why we’re here. The wins were also impressive, as we all
knew how we had to contribute individually and selflessly to win.” 

Looking ahead, the P-P women’s basketball team hopes to
pick up some more wins and continue playing as a cohesive team.

“Our goals are the same. We try to get better every time
we take the court. One game at a time,” Connell wrote. “I am very proud of
how this team battles, and I am looking forward to watching them continue to
improve.”

You can catch the Hens in action Feb. 11 as they take on the Occidental College Tigers at home.

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