December 17, 2011

Piedmont Pulls Away From Sagehens To Move To 9-0

Claremont, Calif. - The Piedmont Women's Basketball team improved to 9-0 on the year as it captured a 76-46 road win over Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday afternoon.

The Sagehens, who were led by freshman forward Maria Weyhrauch (Juneau, Alaska - pictured) with 12 points, saw their record slip to 1-8 on the season after coming off an 89-73 win over Arizona Christian last week.

Pomona-Pitzer was able to keep the game close for much of the first half, before Piedmont was able to open up its lead to 40-28 at the break. A basket from sophomore forward Natasha Simpson (Franconia, N.H.) capped off a 7-0 run which pulled the Sagehens within 24-19 with 7:51 in the half, and a jumper from sophomore guard Neha Savant (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) brought the deficit back down to five points a second time at 26-21.

Senior forward Asha Gipson (San Diego, Calif.) answered a Piedmont basket with a fast break lay-up to make the score 28-23 with 4:58 left in the half, but Amber Satterfield hit two three-pointers in the closing minutes of the first stanza for the Lions, helping them stretch the lead out a 40-28 at halftime.

Keiondra Thompson scored the first five points of the second half for Piedmont, and a three-pointer from Alyssa Jones made the score 49-29 at the 17:25 mark, capping off a 13-2 run over both halves which put the game away. The Lions held Pomona-Pitzer to just 20 percent shooting from the floor in the second half (5-25) to stop any chance of a comeback.

Jones, Satterfield and Lauren Anderson all tied for the team lead for Piedmont with 12 points apiece, as the Lions assisted on 24 of their 29 baskets. Gipson had a game-high 12 rebounds for the Sagehens in a losing cause, while freshman guard Ruthie Shapiro (Moraga, Calif.) had seven points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Pomona-Pitzer will have two weeks off before returning to action on New Year's Eve for a 2 p.m. home game with Transylvania.