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WHITTIER, Calif. – Thirty-two turnovers by the Whittier College Women's Basketball team proved the difference in Thursday night's loss to Webster University as the Poets fell 63-43 on Dave Jacobs Court.
Whittier now drops to 4-8 on the season and have now lost three of their last four, while Webster improves to 6-3.
Teani White (Burbank, Calif.) was the lone Poet in double figures as she added 13 points on 3-of-9 shooting with six boards, an assist, and two steals. Kayli Schwenke (Torrance, Calif.) was the next highest scorer with eight off the bench in just six minutes of action.
It was a scoreless ballgame over the first two and a half minutes until Schwenke converted an and one to put WC on top. She added another two free throws on the Poets next possession but that would be the last lead held by the Purple & Gold as Webster would go on a 17-4 run, capitalizing on seven turnovers that moved the score to 19-9.
White would add three free throws at the end of the period followed by a jumper from Emily Guerena (Montebello, Calif.) that kept Whittier within ten, but a big second period would hand the Gorlocks a 41-24 lead at the break.
In the third, Whittier was held scoreless until the 1:55 mark when Daisy Cardenas (Santa Clarita, Calif.) knocked down a corner pocket three-pointer. Emilee Dy (Chino Hills, Calif.) followed with a pair of free throws and Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.) added a last second jumper that moved the score to 51-31.
In the fourth, scoring was hard to come by on both sides as 12 points were added by each team. Despite shooting 38% from the field in the frame, with six points coming from White it wouldn't be enough to complete a comeback for the Poets.
Whittier shot just 27% from the field and 29% from deep. A combined 57 turnovers were caused for the game with the Gorlocks earning 30 points off of 32 of them, while Whittier was outsized inside being outscored 20-6 in the paint.
Whittier returns to the court on Sunday, December 31 as they wrap up 2017 with a non-conference matchup with Pacific Lutheran beginning at 2:00pm.