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Katie Resendiz finished with 11 points (photo by Stella Cheng)
Katie Resendiz finished with 11 points (photo by Stella Cheng)

Big Fourth Quarter Lifts CMS Women's Basketball to Season Sweep of Pomona-Pitzer

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Ariana Dalia had 15 points, and Katie Resendiz had 11 off the bench for her first career game in double figures as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's basketball team used a 26-point fourth quarter to take a 68-59 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday afternoon at Roberts Pavilion.

With the win, CMS moves to 11-5 overall and 7-2 in the SCIAC, while completing a season sweep of the Sagehens after also defeating them 70-64 on Nov. 30. Pomona-Pitzer falls to 5-10 overall and 3-6 in league play with the defeat. 

The Athenas trailed by 12 in the second quarter before Resendiz had six points in the final minute on an old-fashioned three-point play and a three-pointer to make it a 30-27 Sagehen lead at the break. Sadie Heckman started the second half with a three-pointer to cap a 12-0 run and tie the score, and Pomona-Pitzer still held a 43-42 lead heading into the fourth. 

Mary Markaryan started the fourth with a three-point play, and Jacey Carter hit a three-pointer to put CMS ahead 48-44. The Sagehens tied the score 57-57 on a Madison Quan jumper in the paint with 2:48 left, before Renee Chong had two foul shots to put the Athenas ahead to stay with 2:20 left. 

Dalia then had a big sequence with a blocked shot on one end, followed by a layup off a feed from Ava Grey to put the Athenas ahead by four with 1:14 left. Resendiz then dove on the floor for a steal, and fed Dalia for another layup with 36 seconds left to stretch the lead to 63-57. Chong went 4-4 from the foul line to finish with 13 points to help seal the win. 

Dalia and Resendiz each had eight rebounds to help CMS to a 47-33 edge in that department, with Resendiz earning six of hers on the offensive end. Dalia had three blocked shots to lead a defense that held Pomona-Pitzer to just 34.4 percent shooting on the day. 

CMS will be back in action on Wednesday when it continues its four-game homestand with a 7 p.m. game against Cal Lutheran.