Poets can’t complete comeback; Fall to Athena’s 62-56
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WHITTIER, Calif. –Whittier set a season-high by shooting 93% from the charity stripe but couldn't find the answer to Claremont-M-S' presence inside as the Athenas held off a late charge by the Poets, 62-56, on Saturday night.
Whittier (5-12, 1-4 SCIAC) erased a 15-point deficit with a 13-5 run over a five minute stretch and got within one at the 2:48 mark but it wasn't enough to pull off the upset.
Brittany Aranda got the Poets within one with 2:39 to go and Dannika Navales-Lugtu got the Poets within three once more with 14 seconds remaining, but three free throws down the stretch by the Athena's put the game out of reach.
Whittier had three players reach double figures led by freshman Navales-Lugtu who scored 17 points going 3-of-4 from behind the three point line.
Junior Alex Coon chipped in with 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting, while Aranda finished with 11 points.
The largest first half lead was a 33-20 advantage held by Claremont-M-S.
The Athenas' 22-of-45 effort from the field was just slightly better than Whittier's 40 percent night (19-of-47). The Poets held the advantage in long range jumpers, having made 4-of-13 to CMS' 1-of-3.
Both teams took care of the ball combining for 26 turnovers (11 for WC and 15 for CMS), but Whittier converted off of those turnovers turning them into 20 points.
Whittier returns to action on Thursday, January 26 as it hits the road to take on the Leopards on the University of La Verne beginning at 7:30pm.