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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Basketball team and their young squad begin preparations for their final two non-conference opponents, Webster University and Pacific Lutheran.
The schedule for the week is as follows:
Webster University (Thursday, December 28 @ 3:00pm)
Pacific Lutheran University (Sunday, December 31 @ 2:00pm)
Through 11 games the Poets have played twice at home and anticipate the opportunity to put the lessons learned into a four-game home stand commencing Thursday versus the Webster Gorlocks currently 5-3 on the season. Webster and Whittier do share a common opponent though in Finlandia. Whittier narrowly defeated the Lions while Webster dominated them 97-68.
This contest also continues a recurring theme for the youthful Poets as Webster's roster includes eight seniors as well as returning their top eight scorers from a year ago while the Poets feature eight freshmen among their eleven first-year Poets. Webster scores close to 80 points per game, forces their opponents into almost 30 turnovers per game, and as a team is deadly from the free throw line shooting 82%. "Our team will be challenged for 40 minutes by Webster's experience and style of play," explained Head Coach Roy Dow. "I am excited to see us respond to this next challenge and continue our competitive growth."
Three days later the Poets conclude their non-conference competition against Pacific Lutheran from the Northwest Conference. To date Whittier has played four opponents from the conference, which include nationally-ranked Whitman and George Fox on neutral site floors while playing at Whitworth and at Linfield respectively. "The purpose of non-conference scheduling is to find out the truth about our team. I certainly believe that to be the case so far," remarks Coach Dow. "I think our two contests this week versus Webster and PLU will demonstrate our readiness to step back into SCIAC play in January."