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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Basketball team won their second straight game Friday night edging Pacific (OR) University 64-62 in overtime inside the Graham Athletic Center.
The Purple & Gold erased a seven point deficit late in the third outscoring the Boxers 17-13 in the period to cut the lead to two at 45-43. In the fourth, Whittier outscored Pacific 12-10 and held a three point lead on two different occasions inside of 1:30. But both times, the Boxers were able to respond with a layin and eventually the game-tying three-pointer that forced OT, coming from Ashley Jones who led Pacific with 20 points. "A great shot," commented Head Coach Roy Dow, "their entire team executed that sequence extremely well."
In extra time, Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.) got things started with a pair of free-throws but saw Pacific counter with a triple that gave them a one-point lead. On the Poets' next possession, Teani White (Burbank, Calif.) responded with her own three-pointer that gave WC a 60-58 lead. Megan Wesel came down and added a layup for the Boxers that tied things up with 2:21 to play. But after that it was all Whittier outscoring Pacific 4-2, which included a dagger from dead on from Cubel capped off with a White free throw.
"Teani and Cali certainly played well in all phases of the game this evening," remarked Dow. "Our collective lack of defensive urgency and execution through almost three quarters is a concern. Despite that I thought Zaria Branch (San Diego, Calif.) and Emily Guerena (Montebello, Calif.) among others picked us up with energy and execution in the second half."
Whittier shot 40% from the field and 29% from three-point territory. They won the rebounding effort 41-36 and added 32 points in the paint. White led all scorers with 21 points with five boards, two assists and two steals. Cubel registered a 17 point effort going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line and Laura Stroud (Ann Arbor, MI) and Monica Hanna (Bellflower, Calif.) each added eight points apiece and a combined 13 rebounds. Stroud also had a season high six assists and three steals.
Off the bench, Daisy Cardenas (Santa Clarita, Calif.) added six points with two three-pointers in just 14 minutes of action.
"I am very pleased by our execution in the latter stages of the 4th quarter and in overtime and by the contributions from our entire roster," Dow stated. "Playing these close games and winning is invaluable early season experience while we are still developing our team identity. The game versus Colorado College is a wonderful challenge for us in the quality opponent they are, as well as playing on back-to-back days."
Whittier returns to the court to wrap up the Whittier Tournament, tonight at 5:00pm as they host Colorado College.