Poets open up the New Year with an impressive 70-60 victory over Keelhaulers

Poets open up the New Year with an impressive 70-60 victory over Keelhaulers

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WHITTIER, Calif. –The celebration of the New Year didn't just stop at midnight but carried over into the New Year when the women's basketball team avenged their previous loss to the Keelhaulers of CSU Maritime with a 70-60 victory Sunday afternoon.

Whittier now improves to 3-8 on the season and 1-0 within the 2012 year, while CSU Maritime now drops to 6-8.

Senior transfer Tanisha White (Fresno, Calif.) exploded for her first double double of the season as she posted season highs in points (20) on 6-of-7 shooting and rebounds (13).  She finished 3-of-3 from behind three point land and sparked the Poets in the second half proving to be a presence inside and out. 

Alex Coon barely missed her first double double of the season as she chipped in with 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting while also hauling in nine boards.  Brittany Aranda also posted a double digit scoring effort with 12 points and grabbed eight boards.

The previous time these two teams met, the Keelhaulers were the victors behind a two point victory 81-79.  This time around the Poets were prepared and determined to avenge the loss and they did so on both ends of the court shooting 46% from the field and obtaining 14 points off turnovers.

From the tip fans in attendance knew the game would be a battle as neither team could gain a substantial lead.  In the first five minutes of play a combined 10 points were scored showing it was going to be a defensive standoff as the halftime score stood at 25-20 with CSU Maritime in front.   

Coming out of the break, both teams erupted for a combined 85 points as Whittier shot an impressive 70% from the field and 86% from behind the three point arch.  Whittier scored the first four points of the second half and got within one and then went on a 13-3 run beginning at the 12:00 mark extending for four minutes behind three pointers from White, Dannika Navales-Lugtu and Keimi Lew that put the Poets on top 63-58 with three minutes to play. 

From there White took over and scored the last five points for the Poets helping them preserve the 10 point victory. 

The Poets now look forward to the opener of SCIAC play as they host the Regals of Cal Lutheran University on Thursday, January 5 beginning at 7:30pm.