Poets face tough match-up with CSU Bakersfield

Poets face tough match-up with CSU Bakersfield

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Basketball team returned to non-conference action Saturday afternoon but had a tough match-up with Division I CSU Bakersfield falling 72-35. 

The Purple & Gold found it tough all night to get any offense going as they were held to a mere 35 points and 29% shooting. 

Whittier has now dropped three of their last four and move to 3-6, 2-2 SCIAC.

Despite being outsized the Poets fell in the rebounding effort by a slight margin 39-33 and were a perfect 7-7 from the free-throw line.  What proved costly were the turnovers where WC turned it over 28 times, which led to 29 points for the Roadrunners.

Kelsi Ikeda (Honolulu, HI) and Kami Taylor (Bakersfield, Calif.) led the Poets with eight points apiece.  Taylor knocked down two three-pointers and Ikeda played 34 minutes finishing 3-7 from the field to go with five boards.

Emily Guerena (Montebello, Calif.) led the rebounding effort with nine and added four points and three blocks, while Mia Maglinte (Roseville, Calif.) and Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.) each chipped in with five points and four points, each respectively.

Whittier managed only 13 points in the first half and attempted a push in the second adding another 22, which included a 10-point effort over the final 10:00 minutes but it wasn't enough to earn the upset on the road.       

Whittier returns to the court this week for two match-ups on December 21-22 when they take on George Fox University and Hiram.  Both games are slated for 5:00pm starts and will take place on the campus of Chapman University.