Poets battle ‘Runners in Exhibition

Poets battle ‘Runners in Exhibition

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Basketball team provided a tough match-up for the Roadrunners of Division I Cal State Bakersfield Tuesday night in an exhibition contest.

Despite falling 74-46, the Purple & Gold gave the 'Runners all they could handle during the first half trailing only by nine at intermission.  But in the second half, the game got away from the Poets being outscored 34-15, while being held to single digits in the 3rd and 4th quarters.

Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.) was the lone Poet in double figures finishing with 11 points along with six boards, an assist and four steals.  Mia Maglinte (Roseville, Calif.) added nine points with four rebounds and Teani White (Burbank, Calif.) ran the point finishing with eight points, while going 3-for-6 from the field.

Monica Hanna (Bellflower, Calif.) played big inside registering six points and six rebounds and Zaria Branch (San Diego, Calif.) came off the bench to add six points and a pair of assists in 20 minutes of action.      

Whittier and Cal State Bakersfield swapped baskets early.  White gave WC a lead at 7-6 following a three pointer at the 6:24 mark but that would be the only advantage the Poets would hold as CSUB would manage to stay out in front the rest of the way.  Late in the first quarter, Branch would connect with a jumper and Cubel would add a triple with :39 seconds to play that kept the Purple & Gold in striking distance at 20-17. 

White got the scoring started in the second quarter with a layup that cut the deficit to one.  Later in the frame, Maglinte added a three-pointer and a free throw that made it a four point game, but over the final 3:00 minutes, the 'Runners would outscore WC 7-2 to take a 40-31 lead at the break.      

Whittier shot 37% from the field and held a slight edge from behind the arc at a 32% clip.  They also held the advantage on the glass 31-26.  The crucial stat on the evening though was turnovers where WC turned it over 28 times, which led to 26 Roadrunner points.      

Whittier returns to competition next Wednesday, November 28 when they travel to take on the University of La Verne to open up Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play.  Tip-off set for 7:00pm.