Second half surge pushes Bulldogs past Poets 85-57
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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's basketball team pushed the Bulldogs early but was unable to stop their second half surge falling 85-57 to the University of Redlands.
Whittier now drops to 6-14, 3-6 SCIAC, while Redlands improves to 14-6, 8-1 SCIAC still tied atop the SCIAC standings with Occidental College.
The boxscore this evening despite showing a lopsided score does not show the fight and tenacity the Poets showed in the first half to make it a ball game going into the break. The Poets got down early in the first half 11-4 but fought back to get within three but then saw another Redlands run extend the lead to 22-13 at the 10:13 mark. Whittier did however find a spark in freshman Dannika Navales-Lugtu who rattled off six of the Poets next 15 points to pull the Poets within five once again with 4:21 remaining in the first half. Navales-Lugtu finished with a game and season high 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with four assists and two steals.
But again a Redlands 11-4 run pushed the Bulldogs to an 11 point lead going into the break. Coming out of the half Whittier went on a 6-2 run but was unable to solve the inside presence of Ashley Sevilla (18 points) and Mariah Barbetti-Cort (10 boards) as Redlands continued to match Whittier shot for shot not allowing them to get back into the contest. Redlands outrebounded the Poets 35-20 and had 22 points in the paint to go along with 34 bench points.
Whittier did however play a strong game on the perimeter as they shot 46% from the field, but Redlands outdid that with a 59% shooting night.
Brittany Aranda again had a double digit performance finishing with 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go with five boards, while Alex Coon managed to toss in eight points despite being surrounded by bigs all night.
The Purple & Gold look to bounce back this coming Saturday, February 4 as they travel to Claremont, Calif. to take on the Athena's of Claremont-M-S beginning at 5pm. Claremont-M-S comes into the contest two spots ahead of the Poets in third place with a 7-2 record.