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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Despite holding a 14-7 lead after the first quarter Saturday afternoon, the Whittier College Women's Basketball team couldn't hold it as they fell 65-39 to Cal Lutheran University.
Whittier has now dropped two straight and move to 7-9, 4-5 SCIAC, but still sit in striking distance for a berth into the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Post Season Tournament as they move to 5th.
The Purple & Gold were held to a season low 39 points, 17.6% shooting from the field and 14.8% from three-point territory. They tore it up in the first quarter holding CLU to single digits, while Teani White (Burbank, Calif.) went off for nine points giving WC a 14-7 lead. But after that it was all Regals who held the Poets scoreless, for the first time this season over the ensuing ten minutes, while adding 23 points giving them a 30-14 lead at halftime.
The first three minutes of the third quarter, Whittier continued to struggle offensively but finally got back into the game following a layup from White. Monica Hanna (Bellflower, Calif.) joined her halfway through with a pair of jumpers that helped Whittier put up nine points but saw CLU tack on another 19 points that stretched their lead to 26.
There was a final push by the Purple & Gold in the fourth quarter as they put up 16 points led by Mia Maglinte (Roseville, Calif.) who added six points all coming from the free-throw line. But WC couldn't make up any ground as the Regals added 16 points as well to cruise to their fifth conference victory.
Whittier was outrebounded 53-42 but forced 20 CLU turnovers, which turned into 20 points. White was the lone Poet in double figures finishing with 11 points to go with six boards, an assist and three steals. Maglinte added nine points with seven rebounds and Shaeleigh Wright (Long Beach, Calif.) posted her first double digit rebounding effort with ten to go with three points.
Whittier remains on the road this Wednesday, January 23 as they travel to Redlands, Calif. to take on the Bulldogs of the University of Redlands with tip-off set for 7:00pm. The previous time these two teams met Whittier pulled out the 58-44 victory.