Poets drop two to Willamette and No. 15 George Fox

Poets drop two to Willamette and No. 15 George Fox

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

SALEM, OR – After a win over Caltech last week to open Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play, the Whittier College Women's Basketball team took to Oregon for a pair of non-conference games.

There, the Purple & Gold took on both Willamette and George Fox but fell in both as they drop to 1-5, 1-0 SCIAC.

Willamette (L, 71-50)

Whittier was held to a mere 31% shooting percentage for the game and had seven shots blocked as they fell to the Bearcats Friday evening in the Cone Field House.

Freshman Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.) led the Poets with 14 points going 5 of 8 from the field.  Emily Underwood (Nicholasville, KY) and Carly Buechler (Greenwood Village, CO) each recorded nine points, while Kaylah Alexander (Altoona, PA) hauled in a team-high eight rebounds.

Freshman Jazmyne Sudbrook-Johnson (Fremont, Calif.) again found herself in the starting lineup and despite only adding two points, had seven boards an assist and a steal.  

Whittier shot 23.1% from the field covering the first three quarters but went off in the fourth going 8-of-16, as they converted 6 of 14 three point attempts (43%), while adding 10-of-12 free throws (83%) for the game.

Underwood knocked down the first points of the game with a three-pointer but Willamette would add 10 of the next 12 points that moved the score to 10-5.  The Purple & Gold battled back however pulling within one at 12-11 thanks to a triple from Cubel right before Daniza Rodriguez (San Jose, Calif.) would convert 1-2 free throws that tied up the game. 

But the Bearcats would respond with a 6-0 run that ended the first quarter. 

Emilee Dy (Chino Hills, Calif.) struck first for WC that opened up the second quarter but again the Bearcats countered with 12 unanswered for a 30-15 advantage before taking a 35-20 lead into intermission.

The Poets were outscored 24-11 in the third and couldn't stop the hot Bearcat offense who went 9-of-14 (64%), which included a 57% clip from behind the arc.

No. 15 George Fox (L, 94-48)  

The Poets wrapped up their trip to Oregon with a tough match-up with No. 15 George Fox University.

The Bruins got off to an early 17-0 lead in the first six minutes that set the tone.  After the first seven minutes the Poets found their first basket from Amia Thrash (Eastvale, Calif.) but the Bruins' fast paced tempo was too much for the Purple & Gold as they led 25-10 following the first ten minutes.

A 16-2 run for GFU opened the game up in the second quarter as they would go on to lead 52-19 at the break.

Despite adding a combined 29 points in the second half, it wouldn't be enough as Whittier would be outshot 53%-32%. 

Ana Youngblood (Berkeley, Calif.) played tough for Whittier finishing with 14 points on 6-of-14 from the field.  Cubel again found double digits going 3-of-7 for 10 points along with three boards and two assists, while Sudbrook-Johnson came off the bench to add nine points (4-of-6) and four rebounds.       

Whittier returns to the road for two games next week on December 21-22 as they take part in the UC Santa Cruz Invite with games against Northwestern (Dec. 21 @ 6:00pm) and UC Santa Cruz (Dec. 22 @ 6:00pm).