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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Basketball team faced a tough match-up with Pomona-Pitzer inside of the Graham Athletic Center Wednesday night falling 76-67.
Whittier and Redlands are still battling for the 4th seed in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Post Season Tournament. Whittier is currently at 10-13, 7-9 SCIAC, while Redlands is at 10-14, 7-8 SCIAC. The post season berth comes down to Saturday night when the Bulldogs take on Caltech. If the Bulldogs win they clinch the playoff spot but if they fall to the Beavers Whittier owns the tiebreaker and will jump ahead of them into 4th.
The Poets shot 43.3% from the field and 27.3% from behind the arc. They won the battle on the glass 30-29, points in the paint 36-16, and points off turnovers 15-13 but couldn't do anything against the hot shooting of the Sagehens who went 48.1% from the field and a blistering 52.4% from deep.
The first quarter was high scoring with the Poets and Sagehens combining for 44 points (26-18). This proved the difference as Whittier won the second quarter 16-15 before being edged by two points in the second half. Other than the opening ten minutes Whittier played the Sagehens tough staying within striking distance throughout. In the opening frame Whittier saw themselves trailing 20-9 but managed to fight their way back with a 9-4 run that pulled them within six. PP opened the second with a 12-4 run that stretch the lead back to double digits, but over the final 5:28 it was all Whittier outscoring the Sagehens 14-5, which included back to back buckets from Laura Stroud (Ann Arbor, MI) that got WC within seven at the break.
Whittier stayed within striking distance throughout the third but couldn't break the six-point deficit threshold. Allison Lou (Cerritos, Calif.) and Kellie Ogata (Torrance, Calif.) went back to back with a triple and a free –throw that moved the score to 52-45 but after that PP rattled off six of the next eight points that gave them a nine-point lead. The final period was deadlocked with each team adding 18 points apiece. Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.) got the Poets within single digits at 70-63 with a three-pointer and a layup, but that's as close as they would get as PP would convert six free throws down the stretch to pull off the road win.
Teani White (Burbank, Calif.) finished with 15 points with four boards and four assists. Cubel put up 14 points and Mia Maglinte (Roseville, Calif.) added 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Stroud registered six points but had a team high seven boards and Zaria Branch (San Diego, Calif.) and Lou each added seven points apiece. Branch also had six rebounds and two blocks.
Whittier wraps up their 2018-19 season this Saturday, February 16 with a non-conference game against UC Santa Cruz beginning at 5:00pm.