On Jan. 28, Claremont hosted its very own 5C sisterly rivalry, as the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens (8-11, 5-5 SCIAC) took on the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas (16-4, 11-0 SCIAC). Though these women share classes, dining halls, and friendships, they were the toughest competitors you could find on the court.
The Athenas came into the game as the favorite with an eight-game winning streak, but both sides came out powerful and unrelenting.
Hosted in the Sagehens’ home gym, the starting lineups took their places for tip-off as the crowd pounded its approval and the vibrant Cecil and fierce Athena battled for cheers in the stands.
Through the first quarter, the Sagehens and the Athenas were neck to neck, trading leads basket after basket. Amelia Hummel PZ ’16 made the first basket for P-P at 9:27. The Sagehens and Athenas ended the first quarter dead even at a score of 14-14, each team looking to secure a lead in the second quarter.
The tempestuous CMS women came out strong at the start of the second quarter, earning 22 points to take the lead. The Sagehens battled back, earning 10 points to close the lead and end the quarter at a score of 36-24 in favor of the Athenas.
CMS took their biggest lead at clocked time 9:44 in the third quarter: 15 points over P-P. The Sagehens, however, would not relent. The Sagehens utilized free-throws, earning six points in the quarter from CMS fouls. The third quarter ended with a score of 50-43, with the Sagehens looking to close the gap.
In the fourth quarter, P-P came out strong on offense. However, Athenas were able to maintain the lead. The night ended with a free throw shot from Jai Dungca CM ’17, ending the night with a score of 68-58 for the Athenas.
Leading scorers for P-P were starters Alaina Woo PO ’17 and Basha Brulee-Wills PZ ’17, who had 18 points apiece. Kailee Severt CM ’18 and Kayalin Akens-Irby CM ’18 led the scores for the Athenas with 12 points each.
Throughout the whole game, it was impossible to predict who would win. The scoreboard never lies, and the Sagehens and Athenas kept a tight game throughout the night. Following this match, the Sagehens added a W on Whittier College’s home court Saturday, Jan. 30, but came up short against University of Redlands on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The Sagehens will be back in action this Saturday, Feb. 6, at home against Chapman University, and the Athenas look to continue their 11-game winning-streak on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Occidental College.