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WHITTIER, Calif. – Senior Alex Coon led the Poets on offense with her second double double of the season pouring in 12 points, while hauling in a game high 16 rebounds in a 41-39 loss to the Leopards of the University of La Verne Thursday evening in the Graham Athletic Center.
Whittier drops their first SCIAC contest dropping to 1-2, 0-1 SCIAC, while La Verne improves to 2-1, 1-0 SCIAC.
In a low scoring affair that saw both teams shoot below 30% from the field, ended in a two point loss for the Poets despite having Coon and Dannika Navales-Lugtu both pour in game high 12 points apiece. The game started off with two three pointers one from each team and it remained close till the final whistle when Maria Montero missed the final jumper in the final seconds that would have pushed the Purple & Gold to the victory.
The largest lead of the evening was seven held by La Verne early when they led 12-5, but the Poets stormed back going on a 10-1 run capped off with an Amanda Apgar jumper that put the Poets in front 15-13. But the Leopards responded with their own 10-1 run to close out the half helping them enter intermission with a 23-16 lead.
Coming out of the break, Whittier jumped out quickly scoring five unanswered to pull within two at 23-21 and after a Kayla Cribbs layup the Poets again answered with another 5-0 spurt that put them in front 28-27 with 13:22 to play. From this point on the game saw four more lead changes and two ties but at the 5:22 mark and after a Montero free throw that pulled the Poets within one, La Verne put up six unanswered that extended their lead to 40-35.
Despite a late rally by the Poets where they outscored the Leos 4-1 in the final two minutes of play, it wasn't enough as La Verne held on for the two point victory.
La Verne saw eight different players score led by Amanda Copas who finished with eight points and a team high seven boards, while Tyne McClure added seven off the bench. Despite outrebounding the Leopards 48-43 on the glass, Whittier was unable to bounce back from their 25 turnovers.
La Verne's bench outscored Whittier's 21-6, but the Purple & Gold were strong from the charity stripe finishing 11-17 for 65%.
The Poets continue with SCIAC play as they travel to Claremont, Calif. to take on the Athena's of Claremont-M-S, Saturday, December 1 with tip-off set for 5:00pm.