CMS closed out their game with Whittier on Thursday with an 11-4 run to win 89-82 at Ducey Gym. The Athenas were two for two from the field and seven for eight from the line in the final two minutes. CMS improved to 15-4 overall and 5-3 (t3rd) in SCIAC. Whittier fell to 10-9 and 4-4.
The first half was a back and forth affair as there were five lead changes as well as five ties during the period. With both teams shooting streakily, neither team was able to pull away. CMS led by as many as seven and Whittier by as many as three with Whittier holding a 36-35 lead at the break. Kalika Tullock (JR, Middleton, ID) had a strong first half with 10 points and five rebounds. Whittier used a balanced attack to stay competitive as they had seven players play at least 10 minutes with each of them scoring. The Poets also were four for five from the three point line.
Tullock hit a driving layup 11 seconds into the second half and the Athenas never trailed again. They opened the half on a 17-8 and led by as many as 12 points with under 10 minutes remaining after a fast break layup by Taylon Johnson (JR, Prairie Village, KS). The Poets fought back with a 19-7 run of their own which tied the scored at 77. The teams traded free throws before the Athenas went on their strong run to finish the game. The second half was very high scoring as the teams combined for 100 points. CMS capitalized on strong shooting (50% from the field, 60% on threes and 83% [25-30] at the line) and defended the Poets better on threes (two for seven) to secure the win.
CMS had five players scoring in double figures led by Tullock with 22 and Aria Krumwiede (JR, Scottsdale, AZ) with 21. Tullock has a double-double as she led the team with 10 rebounds while Krumwiede led the team with four assists. Brittany Aranda led Whittier with 19 points off the bench.
The teams were in a four-way tie for third in the SCIAC entering the contest and, with the win, CMS remains in a three-way tie for third. The teams are now, however, only one game back of co-leaders Occidental and Redlands with six games remaining. CMS will travel to Occidental on Saturday for a 5:00 matchup. The Athenas will look to reverse a 60-57 loss to the Tigers on January 8.