Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com
WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Basketball team faced off against No. 24 Claremont-M-S Wednesday night but couldn't get their offense going as they fell 75-55.
Monica Hanna (Bellflower, Calif.) led the offense finishing with 11 points and eight boards. Freshman Allison Lou (Cerritos, Calif.) who came off the bench and played four minutes had her breakout game of her career finishing with 10 points going a perfect 4-for-4 from the field, which included two triples. Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.) put up nine points and Zaria Branch (San Diego, Calif.) and Emily Guerena (Montebello, Calif.) each put up six points. Branch also added three assists and Guerena with four boards. Another nice addition was freshman Cyerra Dillard (Fremont, Calif.) who used her length to bring in five boards to go with four points, while playing 21 minutes.
The first quarter was strong for the Purple & Gold putting up 11 points, with six coming from Cubel that kept them in striking distance. But in the second, CMS opened with a 12-4 run that stretch the lead to double digits. They outscored Whittier 28-10 giving them a 47-21 lead at the break. Whittier was held to five points until the 1:51 mark in the period when they put up another five, coming from a Guerena layin and an and one from Cubel.
In the third, WC was held to single digits and saw CMS add another 17 points, which helped them grab their largest lead of the game (35 Points). Whittier made a push over the final ten minutes outscoring the Athenas 26-11, while shooting 50% from the field and seeing Hanna and Lou combine for 17 points. But the comeback wouldn't be enough as the Poets would fall 75-55.
Whittier shot 36.8% from the field and 25% from three-point territory. They were outrebounded 36-28 but won the battle in the paint 24-18, while edging the Athenas from the bench 29-28.
Whittier travels this weekend to Thousand Oaks, Calif., Saturday, January 19 to take on Cal Lutheran University with game time set for 2:00pm. This is the second match-up on the season between the Poets and Regals. Back on December 1, Cal Lutheran came back from trailing five down with under three minutes to play to win 61-58.