CLAREMONT, Ca. - Top-seeded Claremont-Mudd-Scripps captured the 2016-17 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) postseason championship with a 65-54 victory over second-seeded Chapman on Saturday afternoon. The Athenas took both regular season meetings against the Panthers and with this win captured their fourth-consecutive SCIAC postseason tournament title.
The Athenas got 16 points and seven rebounds from senior forward Kris Brackmann while fellow senior forward Quinn Glosniak chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds. CMS had 16 points from the bench led by 8 from senior center Aly Young. Jai Dungca and Kailee Severt would each contribute seven points while the Athenas also got nine from Claire Donnelly.
Chapman was led by 14 points from sophomore guard Jaryn Fajardo and 11 points from senior Lauren Sato. Fajardo also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
CMS jumped out to a 13-7 lead after the first quarter behind solid defense and built their lead to 12 at 5:45 in the second quarter. Chapman took their first lead of the game 31-30 at 4:45 of the third quarter. The game would be a back-and-forth affair after that with four lead changes but the Athenas would push their lead to seven with 5:48 left in the game and never relinquish the lead.
With the win, CMS improves to 19-8 on the season while Chapman drops to 17-10. The Athenas will represent the SCIAC with the automatic qualification to the NCAA Tournament. Watch the NCAA Selection Show on Monday to find out where CMS will be sent for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.