CLAREMONT, Calif. – Gretchen Owens scored seven of her 13 points in the final six minutes, helping Linfield pull away from a 48-all standoff on its way to a 57-50 road victory over Pomona-Pitzer Tuesday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Owens was the Wildcats’ clutch performer down the stretch. She stole a ball and sailed in for a breakaway layup, then nailed a 3-pointer a minute later. She then applied the finishing touches by converting a tough baseline fadeaway to help the Wildcats improve to 3-1 for the season.
Linfield forward Kaely Maltman (Sr., Sandy, Ore.) equaled Owen’s team-high 13 points while adding seven rebounds, three assists and a couple of steals. Center Tyra Barawis collected a double-double off the bench with 10 points and 14 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass.
The Wildcats outrebounded the Sagehens 48-30 as Owens had eight boards and Nicole Barton chipped in with six rebounds to go with four points. Point guard Brynna Fuller stepped up with nine points and four assists.
Pomona-Pitzer’s Emi Hashizume led all scorers with 21 points, while teammate Alexis Sones had 16 in a losing effort.
The ‘Cats recorded five blocked shots in the game, including two each from Maltman and Katelyn Henson (Jr., Camas, Wash.), who finished with four points, four rebounds and two steals.
Linfield shot .429 from the field to P-P’s .274, helping overcome a 23-turnover night.
COMING UP: Linfield completes its three-game swing through Southern California on Wednesday when the Wildcats take on the Whittier Poets at 4 p.m.
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