Whittier’s post season berth remains alive; Cruise to 57-32 victory over Caltech

Whittier’s post season berth remains alive; Cruise to 57-32 victory over Caltech

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's basketball team's playoff hopes remain alive as they cruised to a 57-32 victory over the Beavers of Caltech marking their second win over them this season.

Tonight's win was a team effort as every Poet but one on the roster chipped in with at least a basket led by seniors Tanisha White and Brittany Aranda who finished with eight points apiece.

Whittier now runs their record to 6-13, 3-5 SCIAC, while Caltech still seeks their first win of the season. 

For the game, the Purple & Gold led in every statistical category with 31 points off the bench to go with 22 points off turnovers and a 43% shooting percentage. 

Whittier jumped out early to a 7-0 lead behind two White jumpers, an Alex Coon jumper, and a Keimi Lew free throw until Caltech knocked in their first field goal from Marlyn Moore, but Whittier answered right back with a 28-0 run that carried over for 16 minutes. 

In the final 1:30 in the first half Theresa Juarez knocked in one of two free throws to tack on another point for the Beavers but they were still down going into the half 37-3.  This first half proved to be the best defensive performance all season thus far and Coach Durchslag feels the defensive unit is now solidifying themselves and becoming stronger and more physical both inside and out. 

Coming out of the break, Caltech started showing some life on the offensive side of the court as they outscored the Poets 29-20 in the second half behind a game high 11 points from Rachel Hess, but it wasn't enough to overcome the halftime deficit as Whittier cruised to the 25 point victory.

Whittier now sets its sights on The Bulldogs of the University of Redlands who come into the Graham Athletic Center with a 7-1 SCIAC record tied atop the SCIAC standings with Occidental College.  The Poets look to act as spoilers in the SCIAC standings as they look for an upset victory on Dave Jacobs court on Thursday, February 2 beginning at 7:30pm.