Former Poet Basketball player Essence Scott passes away at age 28

Former Poet Basketball player Essence Scott passes away at age 28

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WHITTIER, Calif. – Alumnus and former Whittier College Women's Basketball player Essence Scott passed away following a two and a half year battle with Idiopathic Pancreatitis.  She was 28.

Born March 2, 1989 in Fowler, Calif., Essence attended Fowler High School where she was a dual sport athlete in Basketball and Track & Field.  She then continued her education at Whittier College where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Whittier Scholars graduating in 2011.  From there she enrolled in the Master's program at Cal State Monterey Bay where she obtained an M.A. in Social Work (2014) before working in the Department of State Hospitals as a Clinical Social Worker, while working towards achieving her license.

Her goal was to become certified as a Play Therapist and focus on anti-bullying, body image and helping children gain self-confidence through sports.    

During her time at Whittier, Scott was a four-year letterwinner in basketball playing in 91 games over her career as a post player averaging 3.4 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, with a .431 field goal percentage.

She had a career high of 15 points against Coast Guard back on November 16, 2007, posted 13 boards against Southwestern on February 5, 2008, and collected three steals against Biola on November 24, 2009.