Poets battle with Whitworth & Whitman in Spokane

Poets battle with Whitworth & Whitman in Spokane

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SPOKANE, WA – The Whittier College Women's Basketball team had a tough two games to open up their 2017-18 season over the weekend during the Ramada at Spokane Airport Whit Classic as they fell 87-59 to Whitworth University and 64-52 to Whitman College.

Game 1 (Whitworth; L, 87-59)

The Purple & Gold showed a great offensive spark in the first quarter putting up 15 points led by freshman Mia Maglinte (Roseville, Calif.) who added six of her game high 18 points in the period.  But in the second, the Pirates pulled away outscoring WC 25-11, which included a 14-3 run over the final 5:17 that moved the score to 48-26 at the break. 

In the third quarter the Poets held Whitworth to under 20 points and put up another 15 to stay within striking distance as Maglinte and Emilee Dy (Chino Hills, Calif.) put in six points apiece.

Despite pouring in 18 over the final ten minutes, it wouldn't be enough to stop the high-powered Pirate offense as they rolled to the lopsided victory.

Maglinte led the Poets with 18 points and had five boards.  Dy added 10 points, four rebounds and six assists and Teani White (Burbank, Calif.) chipped in with nine points, three boards, an assist and two steals.               

As a team, the Poets shot 33% (22-67) from the field and knocked down 36% (9-25) of their shots from three-point territory.  Whittier was outrebounded 46-34.  

Game 2 (Whitman; L, 64-52)

Whittier proved a tough match-up for Whitman College in the second game of the Classic but couldn't overcome a low offensive output in the second half as they fell 64-52.

The Poets kept the game close in the first half.  After being outscored 17-10 in the first quarter and trailing 15-2 at one point they came back to outscore Whitman 17-13 in the second to pull within three at the break.  To end the half the Poets finished on a 5-1 run, which included Kellie Ogata (Torrance, Calif.) getting freed up for a jumper as time expired. 

Out of the break, the Purple & Gold saw themselves trailing by double digits midway through the third quarter but managed to score the last five points of the stanza to pull within seven thanks to White who knocked down a triple and a jumper.

Whittier battled over the final ten minutes pulling within four at the 5:50 mark and again at 5:01 behind an Emily Guerena (Montebello, Calif.) jumper and layin.  But that's as close as the Poets would get as Makana Stone and Kaelan Shamseldin would shut the door with big three-pointers down the stretch allowing Whitman to escape with the win. 

Maglinte and White each finished with 11 points and combined for seven boards.  Guerena added 12 points on 6-9 shooting in 15 minutes of action off the bench, and Dy added nine points.             

Whittier wraps up their road trip tomorrow, Monday, November 20 as they take on Linfield College beginning at 5:00pm.