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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Basketball team put together a statement game Saturday night in front of a packed house inside of the Graham Athletic Center rolling Occidental College 77-50.
The Purple & Gold have beaten the Tigers twice on the season now and improve to 10-12, 7-8 SCIAC. They currently sit 4th in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) standings and if they win Wednesday night they earn a berth into the SCIAC Post Season Tournament.
They snap their two-game losing skid at the same time, while seeing Teani White (Burbank, Calif.) go off for a game and season high 26 points on 7-of-11 shooting, with a 4-for-5 effort from deep, while going a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. She also finished with a double double posting 11 rebounds. Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.) added support with 15 points along with three assists and Monica Hanna (Bellflower, Calif.) came off the bench to add nine points, two steals, an assist, and two boards.
Zaria Branch (San Diego, Calif.) added a six-point, six rebound effort in 15 minutes of action and Mia Maglinte (Roseville, Calif.) finished with seven points on 2-of-5 shooting to go with five rebounds and two assists. Down the stretch Emily Guerena (Montebello, Calif.) played tough and despite not having any points brought down seven boards.
Whittier outshot Occidental 41.4%-28.6% and shot 50% from deep. They outrebounded the Tigers 47-25 and won the battle in the paint 30-8.
It was a high scoring first quarter with both teams combining for 40 points. In the second the Poets continued to pour it on outscoring the Tigers 16-12 that gave them a slight 36-32 advantage at the break. The difference in the game was the second half where the Poets outscored Oxy 41-18 that moved them to the lopsided victory. The third quarter is where the Poets opened up the contest with a 26-7 effort. They started things off with an 8-2 run early before pulling away with an ensuing 13-2 spurt capped off with five points from White, which included a triple and a pair of free throws. Then to end the period Cubel knocked down a three-pointer before finding Laura Stroud (Ann Arbor, MI) inside for an easy two pushing the lead to 23.
Whittier looks to keep the momentum going this Wednesday, February 13 as they host Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 7:00pm.