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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Basketball team recognized Emilee Dy (Chino Hills, Calif.) as their lone Senior Saturday night and sent her off with an impressive win over the University of La Verne 85-73.
The Purple & Gold ended a two game losing skid with the win over the Leopards as they move to 9-13, 6-7 SCIAC and currently sit in 5th in the SCIAC Standings. They also end the season 1-1 against the University of La Verne. The 85 points put up by Whittier is the highest offensive output all season with the second highest coming back on January 31 against Cal Lutheran where they scored 73 points.
Monica Hanna (Bellflower, Calif.) once again had a big night finishing with a double double of 23 points and 16 boards. She was a force inside going 8-for-16 from the field, along with a 7-for-8 clip from the charity stripe.
Whittier put the Leopards in an early hole firing off 21 points in the first quarter coming from seven different players. But over the next two periods ULV fought back outscoring WC 20-19 and 24-21 that pulled them within two with eight minutes to play.
But that's as close as ULV would get as Whittier would close out the game on a 24-14 run with a big 12 points coming from Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.) who took over and closed the door. Another important point in the game came immediately out of the break where the Poets distanced themselves with an 11-4 run moving the score to 51-35.
Joining Hanna in double figures was Cubel with 16 points, shooting 50% from the field along with four boards, five assists, and two steals. Emily Guerena (Montebello, Calif.) added 13 points off the bench and Teani White (Burbank, Calif.) proved important as well in 27 minutes of action with a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to go with four assists and three steals.
The last Poet in double figures was Kelsi Ikeda (Honolulu, HI) who chipped in with 10 points and added six boards with three assists.
Whittier shot 49% from the field and 31% from three-point territory and from the free-throw line they went 12-16 (75%). They proved to big inside outrebounding the Leos 47-34 and were at a 19-8 advantage on assists.
Whittier remains at home this Wednesday, February 7 as they host Chapman University in their final home game of their 2017-18 season.