Poets edged by Leopards 65-62

Poets edged by Leopards 65-62

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LA VERNE, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Basketball team was edged Wednesday night by the University of La Verne letting an eight point lead early in the fourth quarter slip away as they fell 65-62.

The Purple & Gold see their two-game winning streak come to a close as they drop to 2-4, 1-1 SCIAC.

"It was disappointing to not be able to get our 1st SCIAC road win, but you have to give La Verne the credit" explained Head Coach Roy Dow.  But the positives are so obvious to me.  We continue to grow and learn together as a team.  I was really impressed at our response and execution when we fell behind late at 63-57 and we gave ourselves a chance." 

Whittier led 52-44 at the 9:40 mark in the fourth quarter following a jumper from Teani White (Burbank, Calif.).  An ensuing 8-0 run by the Leos pulled them even at 52-52 until Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.) would stop the run knocking down a triple with 6:13 to play.

Five straight by ULV would then swing the momentum giving them a 57-55 lead but again the advantage wouldn't hold as Cubel would knock down two of three free throws on the Poets next possession that deadlocked the game.

Over the next two minutes it was all ULV as they put up six straight to go in front 63-57.  Daisy Cardenas (Santa Clarita, Calif.) knocked down a triple to pull WC within three and Mia Maglinte (Roseville, Calif.) added a layup inside that made the score 63-62.  Whittier had an opportunity to go in front following the Maglinte layin as White picked Clarissa Perez.  But an ensuing turnover by Maglinte and a foul by Emily Guerena (Montebello, Calif.) would put the Leopards on the line where they knocked down both free throws, which proved enough to secure the win.

After getting outscored 16-10 over the first ten minutes, the Poets turned it around putting up 22 in the second, while holding the Leos to a mere 11 points and 19% shooting.  In the third, the Poets kept it going holding a slight 18-17 advantage in the boxscore but in the fourth, the Poets hit a lull being outscored 21-12, which proved crucial in the loss.

"Our youth is a strength and a reality," Dow stated.  "It is our inexperience with the 10 new players that remains a challenge.  Our effort and intensity is becoming a calling card.  Our understanding of Poet defense is approaching our high standards.  Offensive execution which often lags behind the defense early in the season is continuing to improve."    

Both White and Cubel each added 13 points apiece with Cardenas adding 12, all coming from deep.  Cubel and Cardenas led on the boards with six each, while Kaitlin Eells (Granada Hills, Calif.) tossed in six points and three rebounds in 13 minutes of action.

Whittier shot 31% for the game and 33% from behind the arc.  The Poets were outrebounded 63-47 but forced 18 turnovers, which turned into 17 points.                

Whittier remains in conference play as they travel to take on the University of Redlands this Saturday, December 9 beginning at 7:00pm.