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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Basketball team threatened NAIA Powerhouse University of Antelope Valley Saturday night inside the Graham Athletic Center falling 66-60.
The Purple & Gold move to 1-1 on the season and Antelope Valley remains undefeated at 5-0.
It was a strong start for Whittier outscoring the Pioneers 15-10 in the 1st Quarter, which included the first six points of the game coming from Shaeleigh Wright (Long Beach, Calif.), Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.), and Teani White (Burbank, Calif.). Another two layups from White moved the score to 10-3 and Daisy Cardenas (Santa Clarita, Calif.) would knock down a deep triple that would keep WC in front.
But in the second it was all UAV outscoring the Poets 27-14, which gave them a 37-29 lead at the break. The 3rd Quarter was tight offensively with the Pioneers extending their lead to double digits following a 19-15 margin. Across the final 10:00 minutes Whittier was able to pick it up defensively once again holding UAV to just ten points, while adding 16 themselves. The Poets got within single digits on a couple of occasions down the stretch. They cut the deficit down to seven with 2:38 to play following a Cardenas three-pointer and a White layup. They then got within five with :12 seconds to play after a Cyerra Dillard (Fremont, Calif.) put back and a pair of free throws from Darleen Jae Berberabe (Long Beach, Calif.). But that's as close as they would get as they would drop their first game of the season.
Whittier shot 38% from the field and 25% from deep. They were however outrebounded 42-31 and outscored in the paint 30-24. On the night the Poets forced 22 UAV turnovers and scored 16 points off of them.
White posted a 15-point performance with five rebounds and a steal. Cardenas put up 15 points all coming from deep. She also added three rebounds, an assist and a steal. Cubel was held under double digits with seven points and Wright despite only having six points in the starting lineup put up a team high 10 rebounds. Off the bench Berberabe registered for nine points and also had three boards, an assist and a steal.
Whittier opens up Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic conference (SCIAC) play this Wednesday, November 20 when they travel to take on the University of La Verne beginning at 7:00pm.