CLAREMONT, Calif. – Pomona-Pitzer converted all but two of their 32 free throw attempts in a 57-45 win over Caltech Thursday evening in a SCIAC women's basketball match.
Pomona-Pitzer (4-17, 2-8) took advantage of 27 fouls called on Caltech as the home team went 30-of-32 from the charity stripe. The Sagehens solid effort from the foul line offset a 12-for-52 shooting effort from the field. Conversely, Caltech (0-21, 0-10) went 10-for-12 from the free throw line and 16-of-62 from the floor.
The Beavers jumped out early by scoring seven of the game's first nine points less than five minutes into the contest. Pomona-Pitzer responded with a 12-3 scoring spurt in taking a 14-10 lead with 10:51 left until halftime. The next four points of the game belonged to Caltech as they knotted the score less than 90 seconds later.
Caltech couldn't quite get over the hump in the opening frame as the Sagehens scored four unanswered points. The home squad slowly pushed their lead as they went into the locker room with a 30-23 advantage.
During the opening half the Sagehens were held to a 5-for-31 shooting effort from the field but gained their halftime advantage by converting all 19 of their foul shots. Caltech's first half offense was lead by Erin Hoops (10 points) and Sarah Wright (9 points) scoring efforts.
The Pomona-Pitzer advantage grew to 35-25 with 15:55 left in the contest before Caltech mounted a charge. A pair of Hoops free throws with 7:20 remaining ended a 13-6 scoring run as Caltech was within 41-38. The home squad responded and increased their lead to 51-42 after an Emily Van Gulik jumper with 1:46 left in the game. Caltech couldn't get their deficit under eight points down the stretch.
Hoops and Wright each scored 15 points to pace the Caltech offense. Theresa Juarez grabbed a Caltech season high 17 rebounds. Juarez's effort under the boards was the third best rebounding performance in the SCIAC this season.
Neha Savant and Christina Sheckler each scored a team best 11 points for the home squad.