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WHITTIER, Calif. – Despite being held to a season low 55 points, the Whittier College Women's basketball team was able to still pull off the home victory Friday night 55-53 over UC Santa Cruz.
The Purple & Gold have now beaten the Banana Slugs for the second time in the past two weeks as they improve to 2-2 on the season.
UCSC started off the game strong holding a slight 19-17 edge following the first quarter of play. But in the 2nd, the Poets bounced back outscoring the Banana Slugs 14-5 to take a 31-24 lead into the half. Out of the break UCSC found their offense once again putting up 20-points to take a one-point lead at 44-43.
They then extended that advantage to three at 50-47 five minutes into the final quarter, but that would be the last lead they would hold as Teani White (Burbank, Calif.) would knock down a triple followed by a Cali Cubel (Oceanside, Calif.) jumper that swung the momentum, putting WC on top 52-50. The game remained tight down the stretch with Cubel adding a free-throw that made it a two-point game with 1:15 to play and that proved the game-winner as UCSC would see their final shot blocked and stolen by Cyerra Dillard (Fremont, Calif.).
Cubel went off for 26 points on 11-of-20 shooting. White poured in 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting with a pair of boards and two assists and Darleen Jae Berberabe (Long Beach, Calif.) would add four points off the bench. Dillard led on the boards with nine rebounds, seven coming on the defensive side and Daisy Cardenas (Santa Clarita, Calif.) would add another five.
Whittier shot 41.2% for the game and was 21.4% from three-point territory. They were outrebounded 35-28 but outscored UCSC 30-26 in the paint. A big separation came from the bench where the Poets were outscored 22-8. They also saw the Banana Slugs add 20 points off turnovers.
Whittier has a short break and will return to the court Monday night, November 25 to take on Whitman College beginning at 7:00pm.