WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Basketball team picked up their first win of the 2017-18 season Saturday as they edged Finlandia University 67-64 at the Purple & Gold Poet Classic.
Whittier erased a two-point deficit at halftime outscoring the Lions 35-30 in the second half to pull off the three-point victory.
The Purple & Gold move to 1-3 on the season, while Finlandia remains winless on the season at 0-5.
It was a high scoring first quarter with a combined 43 points being scored with the Poets being led by Daisy Cardenas (Santa Clarita, Calif.) who added all seven of her points for the game within the period. Mia Maglinte (Roseville, Calif.) got hot in the second adding six, while going a perfect 4-4 from the line pulling WC within two.
In the third, it was all Whittier outscoring Finlandia 27-8, while shooting 59% from the field. Emily Guerena (Montebello, Calif.) led the charge inside pouring in nine points on 4-5 shooting, while the defensive unit induced seven costly Lion turnovers. Whittier expanded their lead to 20 early in the fourth but saw that lead vanish within minutes as Finlandia put together a 16-0 run that pulled them within four at the :37 mark.
Kelsi Ikeda (Honolulu, HI) ended the run knocking down one of two free throws with :19 seconds to play. Julia Daavettila kept Finlandia in striking distance adding a layup soon after but Maglinte would seal the win on the Poets next possession as she converted a pair of free throws from the charity stripe.
Whittier shot 37% from the field and 28% from three-point territory. Guerena finished with a team high 13 points off the bench and added her first career double double with 10 boards to go with four steals, two assists and a block.
Maglinte added 12 points with four boards, while going a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line. Cardenas, Ikeda, and Kami Taylor (Bakersfield, Calif.) each finished with seven points a piece, while Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.) tacked on six points, four rebounds and two assists.
Whittier opens up Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play this Wednesday, November 29 hosting Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 7:00pm.