Women’s Basketball ballin’ in Texas

Alisa Buriel

STAFF WRITER

From Nov. 16, 2017 to Nov. 20, 2017, Whittier College Women’s Basketball team traveled up north to Spokane, Washington and McMinnville, Oregon. This was the team’s first time traveling out of state this season. 

On Friday, Nov. 17, the Poets faced Whitworth University, where they faced an 87-59 loss. On Saturday, the Poets played Whitman College. Once again, the team lost, but by a smaller point gap of 64-52. 

The team stayed in Washington for a few nights, then headed to McMinnville, Oregon to play against Linfield College. It was a close game, but Linfield took the win with a 67-63 loss for Whittier College. 

  Second-year guard Cali Cubel practices following through and keeping her eye on her shot. 

Second-year guard Cali Cubel practices following through and keeping her eye on her shot. 

Although the Whittier College Women’s Basketball Team did not get the outcome they wanted with the trip, they took it as a learning experience. “We are learning and getting better everyday. We are a young team, but through our passion and hard work, we are going to surprise people,” said third-year Mia Maglinte. 

The team still made the best out of their trip and used the time to have fun with their fellow teammates. The weather was below fifty degrees in both Oregon and Washington, but it did not stop the team from exploring their surroundings and having fun during their spare time. 

“Other than super cold weather, the trip was fun. I really enjoyed getting to know the girls a lot more, and it was a cool experience being able to see Washington and Oregon,” said first-year Valeria Lizarraga. 

Whittier College Women’s Basketball Team has a total of 15 players this season. Coach Roy recruited nine incoming freshmen to the team for the 2017-18 season, and he and the team have high hopes for this year. “I think, because [we] are a young team, we will grow as a team and win games as we learn more about each other,” said first-year Jurhandi Molina.

The team spent most of the day together, with long hours dedicated to practices and games. They all have great chemistry together. “Our chemistry is getting better and better every single day. Going on the trip definitely strengthened our bond together as a team, as well as [the] team bonding and practices,” said second-year Cali Cubel. 

The team is working hard to reach their goals and have a successful season while making great memories together. Whittier College Women’s Basketball Team will compete against Webster University at 3:00 P.M. on Dec. 23, 2017.