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WHITTIER, Calif. – Whittier College Head Women's Basketball Coach Roy Dow announced his 2019-20 captains this week.
Senior Cali Cubel ('20, Kinesiology/Sports Management) was selected a captain for the second consecutive year and will be joined in sharing the leadership mantle by juniors Teani White ('21, Kinesiology) and Daisy Cardenas ('21, Biology).
Cali is coming off a junior season in which she was named All-SCIAC. Entering her final season for the Poets Cali has accumulated more SCIAC wins than any other previous women's basketball players in at least the past 20 seasons. "Cali put a lot of thought into leadership last summer prior to her junior season, and it showed throughout the year. I am excited to see how she approaches the leadership piece this season," said Coach Dow. "She, like Teani and Daisy, is a great teammate and she is so wonderfully coachable. She will return to campus ready to go, using the summer to prepare. Late this spring she observed to me how she is my first four-year player [Coach Dow is now entering his fourth season as the Poets head coach]. She will be excited for the season's journey and to find out how good we can be."
Teani is another strong performer for the Poets joining Cali as the starting guard combination the past 2 seasons. This past season she scored over 11 points per game, shooting 40% from the floor and 83% from the free throw line. She also rebounded at 5.6 per game average.
Daisy is perseverance personified battling through injuries her first two seasons after earning a starting position in the early season practices her freshman year. Recognized for her physical and mental toughness as well as a positive competitive attitude, Daisy has impacted her teammates in the past as a leader with her team-first attitude despite her frustration with injuries. Daisy, like Teani and Cali, sets a tone with being in the gym getting up shots in and out of the season. "Teani despite her success last season, has just enjoyed her first healthy summer in some time when she can work out and work at improving her game. Daisy has also battled some injuries that have impacted her ability to contribute. Each of these young women have demonstrated an ability to not only play but they play hurt. We ask our team to play tough, hard, and smart and these captains do it every day. I look forward to their collective impact on our returning and new players."