Regals Top Poets on the Road

CLU defeats Whittier 73-59

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 9:36 pm

Janelle Porter had four points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal against Whittier Saturday night.

Credit: Tracy Maple Hi-res image

WHITTIER, Calif. – Chelsea Jacoby scored a career-high 28 points and Jessica Salottolo poured in 21 more as Cal Lutheran topped Whittier 73-59 Saturday night on the road. The Regals have now won four of their last six Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) games. Jacoby and Salottolo put the Poets away by going a combined 23-of-28 (82 percent) from the free-throw line.

Winning 20-18 with 7:32 in the first half, Cal Lutheran broke the game open with an 11-2 run over the next four minutes led by baskets from Jacoby, Salottolo and Trianna Owen that pushed CLU’s lead to 31-20. A later steal by Keeley Anderson led to a Taylor Messick lay-up that sent Cal Lutheran into the locker room leading 36-29.

The Poets would cut the lead to six at 38-32 after opening the second half with and Ashley Genie layup and a free-throw from Nicole Ruffino. Jacoby would respond by scoring 15 of Cal Lutheran’s next 19 points as the Regals pushed its lead to 57-49 with 6:54 to go in the game.

Two minutes later Salottolo would make six free-throws, Janelle Porter scooped in a layup and Anderson would sink a three-pointer as Cal Lutheran ballooned its lead to 14, the largest of the game, at 70-56.

Jacoby came up with a steal and match Salottolo by making two free-throws in the final minute to seal the win for the Regals.

In addition to Jacoby’s career night, Anderson finished with eight rebounds and six points. Hayley Hodgson chipped in five rebounds, four points and two blocks. Sofia Cruz led CLU with four assists to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Messick hauled in four rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

Cal Lutheran’s perimeter defense had a stand out night as it held the Poets to just 1-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc.

Priscilla Rodriguez came off the bench to lead Whittier with 25 points.

Cal Lutheran (8-9, 4-5 SCIAC) will have a chance to even its season and conference record when it takes on Occidental in Eagle Rock on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Box Score: CLU 73 WC 59
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