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LA VERNE, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Basketball team put together an impressive defensive display Wednesday night as they rolled the University of La Verne 66-41 to open Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play.
Whittier remains unbeaten on the year at 4-0, 1-0 SCIAC, while La Verne drops to 2-3, 0-1 SCIAC.
The Leopards came in averaging 76 points a game but were held to a season low 41 as the Purple & Gold' defense proved tough to handle limiting the Leos to a 25% field goal percentage, which included a 4.0% clip from behind the arc.
The Poets won the battle on the boards 48-44, shot 37% from the field and 40% from three-point territory. They forced 23 turnovers and turned them into 11 points and outscored ULV 24-20 in the paint.
Whittier led the entire game holding an advantage by as many as 27 late in the fourth. Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.) poured in 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting, which included a 4-for-7 effort from three-point territory. Teani White (Burbank, Calif.) ran the point and added 15 points with seven boards, two assists and two steals.
Monica Hanna (Bellflower, Calif.) inside added nine points and Emily Guerena (Montebello, Calif.) provided a seven point, four rebound effort off the bench playing 15 minutes. Laura Stroud (Ann Arbor, MI) ran the defensive unit. Despite having two points, she did everything else on the court with a team high eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.
The Poets jumped all over the Leopards in the first quarter outscoring them 16-5. They opened up with a 7-2 run and then closed out the half on a 9-1 spurt that covered the final 3:27. In the second frame, ULV made a push putting up ten points but still couldn't stop the Poet offense as Cubel added six points to put WC up 30-15 at the break.
In the second half, the Poets ran away with it. Cubel added another seven points in the third quarter going 3-for-5 from the field. ULV managed to outscore Whittier 16-15 in the frame but it wasn't enough to mount a comeback as the Purple & Gold put up 21 points over the final ten minutes to grab the lopsided road victory.
Whittier looks to keep their winning streak intact this Saturday, December 1 when they welcome in Cal Lutheran University beginning at 2:00pm.