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MCMINNVILLE, OR – The Whittier College Women's Basketball team nearly pulled off their first win of the 2017-18 season Monday evening as they dropped a tight 67-63 decision to Linfield College.
Junior Mia Maglinte (Roseville, Calif.) had her breakout game of her career pouring in a career and game high 35 points on 13-25 shooting, which included four three-pointers.
Despite attempting 20 more shots than the Wildcats, the Poets only shot 36.5 percent from the field. Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.) scored 10 points and snagged five rebounds. Teani White (Burbank, Calif.) added five points, three rebounds and two assists, and Jazmyn Sudbrook-Johnson (Fremont, Calif.) recorded four points and four rebounds.
The Purple & Gold came out hot pouring in 20 points in each of the first two quarters to keep things tied at the break. A seven point effort in the third proved costly for WC and despite outscoring Linfield 16-12 over the final ten minutes, it wasn't enough to complete the comeback as they fell 67-63.
The Poets saw themselves trail by nine midway through the third and then 11 in the fourth but got right back in it following back to back triples from Cubel and Maglinte, which moved the score to 61-56. After a Linfield timeout, Maglinte provided a tip-in, which pulled the Poets within three but five straight by the Wildcats would stretch the lead back to six.
With under :20 seconds to play, the Poets continued to battle as Maglinte again connected from long range cutting the margin to three but one of two free throws by Kory Oleson down the stretch would secure the win for Linfield.
Whittier was outrebounded for the game 46-30, forced 23 turnovers, which turned into 17 points and won the points in the paint battle at 22-20.
Whittier (0-3) returns home this Saturday, November 25 as they take part in the Purple & Gold Poet Classic hosting Finlandia beginning at 1:00pm.