Poets open SCIAC with 69-65 win over Pomona

Poets open SCIAC with 69-65 win over Pomona

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Basketball team opened up Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play Wednesday evening inside of the Graham Athletic Center and came away with a 69-65 win over Pomona-Pitzer.

With the win the Purple & Gold improve to 2-3, 1-0 SCIAC, while Pomona-Pitzer drops to 1-3, 0-1 SCIAC.

The Sagehens proved a tough match-up in the early stages taking an 18-14 lead after the first quarter of play.  The Purple & Gold though bounced back to outscore PP 20-14 in the second to take a 34-32 lead into the break.  In the third, it was back and forth with the game remaining at a two-point differential at the conclusion of the stanza.  Then in the fourth the Poets managed to hold an 18-16 advantage in the frame that allowed them to hold on for the four point victory. 

Whittier shot 36.2% from the field and 26% from three-point territory.  They were outrebounded 46-39 but managed to induce 20 turnovers, which led to 22 points.  The Poets were able to get to the rack all night earning 26 points in the paint, while seeing the bench chip in with 18. 

Freshman Teani White (Burbank, Calif.) had herself a game pouring in 20 points on 8-16 shooting to go with four rebounds and two steals.  Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.) was also big inside adding 18 points on 6-10 shooting and was clutch down the stretch adding the final six points of the game, which included the eventual game winning lay-up with :17 seconds to play.

Mia Maglinte (Roseville, Calif.) was under double figures for the first time this season as she put up nine points with a couple steals and three boards. Leading the bench was Kayli Schwenke (Torrance, Calif.) with five points and three rebounds, while Emily Guerena (Montebello, Calif.) tossed in four points, a steal and seven boards.

Whittier was able to jump all over the Sagehens midway through the third going out in front by as many as ten capitalizing on their small numbers and fatigue.  But this lead would soon diminish as the Sagehens would rally battling back with eight straight that cut the deficit to two at 48-46.  Schwenke ended the run with a triple from dead on but again PP put together a run of five straight that spanned into the fourth quarter that deadlocked the game at 51-51.

Kelsi Ikeda (Honolulu, HI) jump-started a little push for the Poets at the 8:22 mark with a jumper and that sparked a White three-pointer and layup, and a Cubel layin that gave Whittier some breathing room.

An ensuing 8-0 run by the Sagehens would put them in the driver seat at 61-60 with 3:14 to play, while swinging the momentum.  But again the Poets bounced back with a 9-2 run to close out the game giving them the win.           

Whittier has returns to the court next Wednesday, December 6 when they travel to take on La Verne beginning at 7:00pm.