Poets prove tough for Bulldogs; Win 58-44

Poets prove tough for Bulldogs; Win 58-44

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Basketball team used a big second half Wednesday night to cruise past the University of Redlands 58-44 inside the Graham Athletic Center.

The Poets are off to one of the best starts in program history improving to 5-1, 2-1 SCIAC and currently sit in a tie for 2nd place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Standings. 

Despite having a tough shooting night at a 41% clip from the field, 20% from three-point territory and 54% from the free throw line, the Poets once again proved why they are the toughest defense in the conference.  Holding Redlands, who came into the game averaging 70.7 points per game and 41% shooting from the field to 44 points and 28% shooting, which included a 20% effort from behind the arc. 

Teani White (Burbank, Calif.) had a huge game running the point finishing with a season high 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting with six boards and two assists.  Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.) provided another double digit effort with 14 points along with six rebounds, while going 6-for-10 from the field.

Laura Stroud (Ann Arbor, MI) had a nice stat line with nine points and seven boards and Emily Guerena (Montebello, Calif.) tallied seven points and four boards in 14 minutes of action.

UR held an early 5-3 lead in the first quarter but that was the lone advantage they held throughout the game.  Cubel started the Poet offense with the first seven points of the game and then saw White and Stroud add a layup and jumper that stretched the lead to 11-7.  Cubel returned to add a free throw and layup with 1:21 left and despite three free throws coming from the Bulldogs, WC was still able to hold the advantage 14-11.

In the second, Redlands battled back to outscore Whittier 13-12 to pull within two at the break (26-24).  But after that Whittier proved tough pulling away in the second half outscoring the Bulldogs 32-20, while shooting 53% from the field in the 3rd and 40% in the 4th.  The Purple & Gold also held a lead as many as 16, which came late in the fourth.            

Whittier shot 41% from the field and 20% from three-point territory.  They held the advantage on the glass 40-39 and forced 18 turnovers, while turning them into nine points.  WC controlled the paint earning a 26-8 advantage and saw the bench provide 14 points.          

Whittier has a week off from competition before leaving for Hawaii on Sunday, December 16.  During their weeklong stay in Oahu the Poets will take on Nationally Ranked opponents George Fox University and the University of Puget Sound.