LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Led by Katelyn Rowe's double-double and a stellar defensive effort the Black and Orange rolled to a 20 point victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in tonight's Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game.
The Tigers smothering defense allowed only five baskets in the first half. Holding CMS to just 12.1% (4-33) from the field while surrendering only 15 first half points en route to a 17 point lead at intermission.
Oxy was again efficient on the offensive end (handing out 17 dimes on 24 baskets), jumping out to a seven point lead over the first six minutes of the ball game before the Athenas scored their first basket. CMS did make it interesting early, as they were able to cut the lead to four (13-9), but the Tigers responded with a 19-6 run to end the half. Oxy led from start to finish tonight, while the Athenas never found there rhythm on the offensive end. Improving in the second half slightly (28%) from the field but it wasn't nearly enough to turn the tide on this night.
The Black and Orange's 67-47 victory was fueled by the dominating interior play of Rowe (14 points and, a game high, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots) and Makenzie Brandon (19 points, a game high five assists and nine boards). The Tigers dominated the glass, out rebounding CMS 52-33.
Laura Mohler chipped in with 10 points, one of 11 Tigers who scored at least one point tonight, as all 15 members of the squad saw action.
Frannie Hemmelgarn led CMS (15-5, 5-4) with 11 points while still recovering from a knee injury she suffered during a clash with the Whittier Poets. Her squad is now tied for fourth with Cal Lutheran and Whittier for the final SCIAC playoff spot.
The Tigers (12-8, 7-2) kept pace with the University of Redlands (13-7, 7-2) who also won tonight, 68-31 over Caltech. Both squads still sit atop the conference with identical 7-2 records, with the University of La Verne in third place at 6-3.
Oxy will travel this coming Thursday, February 10th, to face those third place Leopards with tip off scheduled for 7:30pm.