New Sagehens Bring Strong Showing to Season Opener

The Pomona-Pitzer women’s basketball team opened the season on Tuesday night with a challenging match against San Diego Christian at Voelkel Gymnasium. Despite strong play by a number of first-year athletes, the Hens fell to the Hawks 77-49.

Transfer student Alexis Sones PO ’13 scored 13 points for the team in her debut as a Sagehen. The studio art major transferred this year from Bowdoin College, where she had helped the Polar Bears through two seasons, playing on two NCAA Sweet 16 teams. Sones showed great versatility on the court and a strong inside game highlighted by twisting layups through a milieu of bodies and sinking a three-pointer.

The Sagehen first-years showed great promise in the first game of their collegiate careers. Center Maria Weyhrauch PO ’15 had a fantastic shooting game. Weyhrauch scored 12 points for the Hens, shooting 4-6 from the floor and 3-3 from the foul line. Ruthie Shapiro PZ ’15 led the team with seven rebounds, and point guard Caroline Zaia PO ’15 also proved to be a great asset for the Pomona-Pitzer squad. Zaia led the Hens in assists with three.

The tip-off set both teams’ 2011-12 seasons in motion. The Hens fell behind the Hawks early, allowing San Diego Christian to build a nine-point lead, which widened before the end of the first half with the Hawks up 35-18. Brittany Robinson led San Diego Christian with 23 points over the course of the night. The Hawks kept up a consistent pace throughout the game and had an especially good knack for taking full advantage of turnovers and rebounds. In the first half alone, San Diego Christian forced 19 Sagehen turnovers.

The Sagehens look forward to a successful season. The team is relatively young—three first-years joined the squad this year, and Sones entered as a transfer. The Hens are back in action tonight at Voelkel Gymnasium, where they will take on the Pacific University Boxers visiting from Oregon. The tip off is at 7 p.m., and the Hens have promised an exciting game.

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