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The Sagehen Report: Week of January 16

Jack Klukas '15 led the Men's Basketball team in scoring in both games this week as the Sagehens stayed undefeated in the SCIAC with a pair of wins.

Jack Klukas '15 led the Men's Basketball team in scoring in both games this week as the Sagehens stayed undefeated in the SCIAC with a pair of wins.

Another big crowd is expected at the Rains Center on Wednesday night as Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps meet in a battle for first place in the SCIAC.

Another big crowd is expected at the Rains Center on Wednesday night as Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps meet in a battle for first place in the SCIAC.

This past week saw the Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Basketball team capture two wins to move into a tie for first place in the SCIAC and set up a big neighborhood rivalry game with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, while the Women’s Swimming and Diving team pulled out an exciting come-from-behind win over Redlands.

Men’s Basketball improved to 3-0 in the SCIAC with a 60-51 road win over Redlands and a 71-47 home win over Caltech, putting it in a tie for first place with CMS. The Redlands game saw the Sagehen defense hold the Bulldogs scoreless for a span of 12:15 overlapping both halves as they used a 13-0 run to take a 34-26 lead, then held on down the stretch at the foul line.

Jack Klukas ’15 led the Sagehens in scoring in both games, as he had 13 points against Redlands and 19 against Caltech. He also hit buzzer-beating three-pointers at the end of the first half in both games, giving Pomona-Pitzer a 28-26 halftime lead at Redlands and then putting the Sagehens ahead 40-26 at the break against Caltech. John Weiss ’14 had his second straight double-double against Redlands with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Jake Klewer ’14 added a double-double in the Caltech game with 14 points and 10 rebounds. 

Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps are the only two teams left undefeated in SCIAC play at 3-0 and face each other at the Rains Center this Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. CMS is yet to lose a game this season (13-0) and is ranked No. 17 in the nation in the most recent NCAA poll. 

The Women’s Basketball team picked up its first SCIAC win of the season with a 62-41 win over Caltech on Saturday. Alexis Sones ’13 led the way with 19 points, while Vanessa Ho ’13 came off the bench to score 14 points, including four three-pointers. Caroline Zaia ’15 had a solid all-around game as well for the Sagehens, tallying nine points, five assists and seven steals. Pomona-Pitzer travels to Whittier on Thursday before returning home on Saturday to face La Verne at 5 p.m. in the first half of a doubleheader with the men’s team, which faces La Verne at 7 p.m.

Women’s Swimming and Diving trailed by double figures with three events to go against Redlands, but rallied for a 156-142 win on Saturday at Haldeman Pool. The 100-yard butterfly proved to be pivotal, as Kelsey Atkinson ’14, Jackie Tran ’15 and Charlotte Dohrn ’12 finished 1-2-3 for the Sagehens to give them a two-point lead. Nola Shi ’15 then won a close decision in the 200-yard individual medley to stretch the lead to five, and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Kristen Lindbergh ’12, Vicky Gyorffy ’15, Larissa Nakatsu ’15 and Alex Lincoln ’14 cruised to the meet-clinching win by almost seven seconds. 

All-American Max Scholten ’12 won the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke events on the men’s side to remain undefeated in dual competitions this year, but the Sagehens dropped the overall meet to Redlands. Pomona-Pitzer’s 400-yard relay team of Andrew Savage PI ’15, Hugh Berryman ’15, Joe LaBriola ’12 and Scholten broke the previous pool record with a time of 3:13.36, but Redlands established the new mark by edging out the Sagehens in the race with a time of 3:12.63. 

The swimming and diving teams will be back in Haldeman Pool on Saturday when they face Caltech at 10:30 a.m. To follow sports news as it happens, like our Facebook page, follow our Twitter, and visit our Athletics website.