CLAREMONT, Calif. – Putting together two complete halves and benefitting from a trio of double-digit scorers, Linfield earned its first women's basketball victory of the year with a 68-52 road win over Pomona-Pitzer Tuesday evening inside Voelkel Gymnasium.
Kaely Maltman and Taylor Solomon shared game-high honors with 16 points each, while Quincey Gibson (Sr., Issaquah, Wash.) added 11 more to help the Wildcats (1-4) kick off a Thanksgiving break road trip on a winning note.
Jenn Okonkwo and Basha Brulee-Willis each posted a double-double for the Sagehens, who shot just 28.6 percent from the floor and fell to 0-3 on the season. Okonkwo contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds and Brulee-Willis supplied 15 points and 11 boards.
Mary-Clare Bosco gave Pomona-Pitzer its first lead of the game with a 3-point basket at the 19:41 mark of the opening period. Maltman scored the next six points, however, giving Linfield an advantage it only relinquished once. Converting on 42.1 percent of their attempts from the field, the Wildcats claimed a 38-32 lead by halftime and widened the gap to as many as 24 points in the second period.
The Sagehens kept things interesting over the first 20 minutes, regaining the lead, 22-21, on a jumper from Brulee-Willis with 5:43 to play. Back-to-back buckets from Wildcat freshmen Riley Graham (Sr., Scio, Ore.) and Gibson swung momentum back to the visiting team, who closed out the half on a 17-11 run. Kaleigh Phillips scored the final four points of the period to provide Linfield with a six-point lead.
Clicking on all cylinders offensively while holding Pomona-Pitzer scoreless for more than seven minutes, the ‘Cats stormed to a 21-point lead, 53-32, to put the game away. Linfield shot 52.2 percent in the second half and never allowed the Sagehens closer than 14 points.
For the game, the Wildcats knocked down just 4-of-11 attempts from the charity stripe, but more than made up for the missed opportunities with a season-high eight makes from beyond the arc, including three each from Solomon and Gibson. Phillips added a career-high eight points on a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor.
COMING UP: Linfield takes on Cal Tech Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.