Women's Basketball

Stifling defense lifts Poets over Willamette 49-31

Stifling defense lifts Poets over Willamette 49-31

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

WHITTIER, Calif. – The defense put on by the Whittier College Women's Basketball team Friday afternoon was stifling as they beat Willamette University 49-31.

The Purple & Gold end competition for the month of November moving back to .500 at 3-3, while Willamette drops to 5-3.

The 31 points given up by Whittier is the lowest output by an opponent all season.  The Poets held the Wildcats to just 26% shooting and a mere 19% from deep.  They also held every player for Willamette under double digits.  Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.) again scored in double figures finishing with 14 points along with four steals, an assist and three rebounds.  Teani White (Burbank, Calif.) added a strong stat line with eight points, five boards, four assists, and a pair of steals and Allison Lou (Cerritos, Calif.) added seven points off the bench along with four rebounds.

It was a tight opening quarter with the Poets holding a slight 13-10 advantage.  It was back and forth until Willamette grabbed a 9-6 lead with 2:29 to play.  But down the stretch it was all Whittier with a 7-1 run that included a jumper from Cubel, a layup from White and a triple from Lou.

The second quarter the Poets were able to tack on another 11 points, while holding the Wildcats to single digits as they took a 24-18 lead into the half.  The story of the game was the defensive pressure put on by WC in the second half holding Willamette to just 13 points over the final twenty minutes.  Another 14 points in the 3rd Quarter stretched the Poet lead to 16 and it got worse after that with the margin growing to 24 with under three minutes to play in the game. 

Shaeleigh Wright (Long Beach, Calif.) had a strong game on the glass playing 31 minutes adding seven boards, two assists and two steals.  Bella Robles (Lompoc, Calif.) finished with six points and Cyerra Dillard (Fremont, Calif.) registered five with three rebounds and a block.      

Whittier finished shooting 41% from the field and 15% from deep.  They did outrebound the Wildcats 35-21 and scored 20 points in the paint.  The difference in the game was the press put on by WC forcing 21 turnovers and getting 15 points off of them.          

Whittier returns to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play next Wednesday, December 4 when they host Cal Lutheran University beginning at 7:00pm.