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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's basketball team saw their 2012-13 season come to a close and their senior night spoiled by the Tigers of Occidental College Monday evening as they fell 76-62.
Whittier finishes the season 6-19, 3-13 SCIAC, while Occidental wraps up their regular season 16-9, 11-5 and tied with La Verne for 4th place in the SCIAC standings.
With a witness present, SCIAC commissioner Lorin Huffman will flip the coin first thing in the morning on Tuesday when she gets into her Pasadena office, determining the fate of two 11-5 teams that don't have a relevant tiebreaker to decide which gets the No. 4 seed and trip to Thousand Oaks on Thursday to face No. 1 Cal Lutheran. Oxy and La Verne split their two head-to-head games and each have identical records against every other conference opponent, both the tiebreakers listed in the SCIAC women's basketball bylaws.
The Poets who saw seniors Alex Coon, Miho Arai, Whitney Blackburn, Casceal Swaggard, Monica Salazar, and Brenda Kramer partake in their final collegiate game were unable to counter the 38 point performance from Makenzie Brandon and the triple double by Elizabeth Messick for the Tigers.
The Poets fought in the early stages of the first half seeing the score all tied up at 8-8 at the 15:18 mark before taking their second lead of the contest with 6:49 to play after Coon capped off a 6-0 run with a layin.
But this lead would soon be short-lived as Oxy would go on a 20-4 run to close out the half with fourteen of them being from Brandon.
Coming out of intermission Whittier made their biggest push to make a game of the President's Day showing with a 9-2 run to open the second half, but the Tigers were able to weather the storm and maintain their lead throughout the rest of the contest.
Despite losing by 14, the Purple & Gold saw Coon finish with a team high 19 points on 6-10 shooting, which included being perfect from three point territory, while Kramer finished with a double double tallying 10 points and 10 boards.
Head Coach Elizabeth Stanley looks to hit the recruiting trail hard this summer as she looks to make a major push in 2013-14 to make the SCIAC Post Season Tournament.