Whitman College Women's Basketball

1996-97 Season -- Game Summaries

Monday, Nov. 25

Whitman 59, Concordia University 48

With Amanda Bradford nearly posting a triple double, Whitman opened its season with a 59-48 non-conference victory at Concordia University. Bradford, a two-time all-conference player, scored 13 points, picked off nine steals and snared eight rebounds. Her totals took game-high honors in all three statistical categories.

Anna Saltonstall hit five of eight shots in the low post while scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds. Cara Longinotti nailed a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 10 points. Emily Repanich added nine points, six boards and four assists.

Whitman's effort on the backboards was a balanced one, with six players pulling down four or more rebounds. The Missionaries also got five boards from Becca Curd and four each from Longinotti and Faye Hutchison.

Whitman led 30-23 at intermission and extended its lead in the second half. The triumph made Cathy Crosslin a winner in her first game as a college coach. Crosslin, a four-year starter at Whitman who graduated in 1988, used all 12 players on her roster.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Northwest College 64, Whitman 57

A second-half rally fell short as the Whitman women dropped a 64-57 non-conference decision at Northwest College. The Missionaries trailed 36-23 at intermission before outscoring the Eagles by six points in the second half.

Amanda Bradford with 13 points led a quartet of Whitman players into double figures in the scoring column. Lori Demski hit four 3-pointers to score 12 points, while Anna Saltonstall added 11 points and Cara Longinotti had 10.

Paula Johnson was a terror on the backboards for Whitman, grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds. The Missionaries got six boards from Longinotti and five each from Bradford and Emily Repanich.

Led by Longinotti's eight thefts, Whitman picked off a total of 29 steals. Bradford and Demski had six steals each.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Whitworth 85, Whitman 48

Playing for the first time in nearly two weeks, a rusty Whitman women's team dropped an 85-48 decision at Whitworth. The game opened the Northwest Conference season for both teams. The high-scoring Pirates had five players in double figures

Anna Saltonstall paced Whitman with solid play in the post. She scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds. Amanda Bradford had 11 points, hitting all five of her free throw attempts, while sweeping the boards for five rebounds.

The Missionaries held their own on the backboards, finished with one less rebound that Whitworth. Becca Curd had a team-high six boards for Whitman.

Friday, Dec. 13

Albertson 69, Whitman 40

With six players scoring between nine and 11 points, Albertson College raised its season record to 6-4 with a 69-40 non-conference victory over Whitman in Sherwood Center.

Amanda Bradford and Lori Demski led Whitman with 13 points apiece. Bradford hit six of 14 shots from the floor, handed out five assists and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and five steals. Demski connected on a trio of 3-pointers and pulled down four rebounds. Anna Saltsontall collared five boards and Paula Johnson collected four.

Saturday, Dec. 14

Eastern Oregon 74, Whitman 57

Eastern Oregon State College edged ahead 35-28 at intermission and then pulled away in the second half for a 74-57 non-conference victory in Sherwood Center.

Amanda Bradford scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the Missionaries. Lori Demski tickled the twine with three 3-pointers to score nine points while snaring six rebounds.

Cara Longinotti and Paula Johnson each scored seven points for Whitman. Longinotti added four steals and four rebounds. Johnson hit the glass for nine boards, four at the offensive end of the court.

Whitman's Becca Curd missed the game with a sprained ankle suffered early in the previous night's game.

Monday, Dec. 30

San Francisco State University 81, Whitman 65

Whitman battled San Francisco State University on even terms through the second half but was unable to overcome a big first-half deficit. The host Gators finished with an 81-65 non-conference victory.

Amanda Bradford paced the Missionaries with 12 points, 11 rebounds and six steals. Cara Longinotti and Faye Hutchison both shot well from the field and contributed 11 points each. Longinotti hit two of three 3-pointers while Hutchison was three of five from long distance.

Anna Saltonstall added 10 points, canning three of six shots from the floor. Becca Curd hit a pair of 3-pointers to finish with eight points. As a team, the Missionaries nailed 11 of 23 3-point attempts.

Tuesday, Dec. 31

Whitman 75, Bethany College 68

Amanda Bradford erupted for a season-high 26 points to lead Whitman to a 75-68 non-conference victory at Bethany College in Scotts Valley, Calif. Bradford hit 11 of 16 shots from the floor and converted all four of her free throw attempts. She also paced the Missionaries in rebounds with eight and steals with five.

Faye Hutchison nailed four of seven 3-point attempts while scoring 14 points, also a season-high total for her. She added five assists. Anna Saltonstall contributed 10 points and five rebounds before fouling out.

The Missionaries combined to sink eight of 14 3-point shots. Sara Sakamoto had a pair of 3-pointers while Cara Longinotti and Lori Demski had one each.

Whitman rolled to a 47-33 halftime lead before Bethany rallied in the second half.

Saturday, Jan. 5

George Fox University 75, Whitman 57

George Fox used a 21-4 second-half scoring spurt to pull away from visiting Whitman and post a 74-57 Northwest Conference victory.

Amanda Bradford turned in another strong game for the Missionaries, scoring a game-high 21 points to go with 10 rebounds and five steals. She hit two of three shots from the 3-point line.

Lori Demski made four of seven 3-pointers to total 12 points. Cara Longinotti contributed nine points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Becca Curd scored seven points.

Tuesday, Jan. 7

Eastern Oregon State College 92, Whitman 70

Stephanie Kafoury hit five of seven shots from the floor and scored a career-high 16 points in Whitman's 92-70 non-conference loss at Eastern Oregon State College. The 5-7 sophomore also grabbed five rebounds and two steals.

Whitman trailed by just three points at halftime, 37-34, before Eastern Oregon pulled away in the second half.

The Missionaries also got good contributions from Amanda Bradford (15 points, seven rebounds, three steals, three assists), Faye Hutchison (13 points), and Lori Demski (nine points). Demski made three of six shots from the 3-point line, while Hutchison was three of eight from long range. Donna Hager added six rebounds and two steals.

Friday, Jan. 10

Willamette 77, Whitman 47

Shooting over 50 percent from the floor, and with four players scoring in double figures, Willamette University rolled to a 77-47 Northwest Conference victory over Whitman at Sherwood Center.

Whitman trailed by just three points, 21-18, before Willamette closed out the first half on a 16-7 run to lead 37-25 at the break. The Bearcats then opend the second half on a 20-5 spurt to take control.

Whitman's Amanda Bradford led all scorers with 23 points. She hit 10 of 18 shots from the floor, including one 3-pointer, while grabbing a team-high seven rebounds. The Missionaries also got five rebounds from Paula Johnson and four boards each from Donna Hager and Sara Sakamoto. Both Hutchison and Lori Demski hit a made of 3-pointers.

Saturday, Jan. 11

Whitman 75, Linfield 68

Amanda Bradford scored a career-high 35 points, including 24 points in the first half, to lead Whitman to a 75-68 victory over Linfield College in Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges (NCIC) action at Sherwood Center.

Bradford connected on 14 of 20 shots from the floor, including two of three attempts from the 3-point line. She made five of six free throws, grabbed 10 rebounds and eight steals, and blocked two shots. She played the entire game.

Bradford's 35 points was the second highest scoring total for a member of the women's team this decade. Jennifer McClure scored 37 points for the Missionaries during the 1992-93 season. Bradford's previous high came during her freshman season when she scored 27 points.

Bradford, who began the weekend averaging 16 points, had 33 points with 14:14 left in the game. Her final two points of the night came with 40 seconds left to play, boosting Whitman's lead to 71-66 and helping stave off a late Linfield rally.

Whitman's Becca Curd scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half. She also had five rebounds. Paula Johnson snared 10 rebounds for Whitman.

Friday, Jan. 17

Puget Sound 91, Whitman 55

Whitman's Amanda Bradford led all scorers with 23 points, but the University of Puget Sound used a balanced scoring attack to register a 91-55 Northwest Conference victory over the visiting Missioinaries. The victory kept the Loggers atop the women's standings with a 5-0 conference record heading into Saturday night's game.

Bradford, who began the weekend as the second-leading scorer in the conference, hit eight of 16 shots from the floor while making all seven of her free throw attempts. She also had four rebounds, three assists, a blocked shot and a steal.

Lori Demski made two of four 3-point attempts to finish with 10 points. She also had three steals. Cara Longinetti scored nine points, converting three of seven from long range, while snaring a team-high seven rebounds.

Despite playing at half speed due to a thigh bruise, Faye Hutchison added five points and five rebounds, and Paula Johnson keyed the defense with four steals.

Whitman played the game short-handed due to injury and poor weather. Becca Curd missed the game with a bone bruise, while Stephanie Kafoury and Sara Sakamoto were stranded in Walla Walla by an ice storm.

Saturday, Jan. 18

Pacific Lutheran 76, Whitman 66

Whitman connected on nine of 20 attempts from the 3-point line, but Pacific Lutheran posted a 41-28 lead at the break and held off the visiting Missionaries for a 76-66 Northwest Conference victory.

Amanda Bradford added to her string of strong games, hitting seven of 13 shots from floor and six of seven attempts from the free throw line to top all scorers with 20 points. She also had a team-high eight rebounds.

Cara Longinotti led Whitman's 3-point assault, nailing three of five shots from behind the line. She finished with 11 points and six assists. Faye Hutchison hit a pair of 3-pointers while scoring 13 points, grabbing six rebounds and handing out four assists. Donna Hager contributed six boards, five points and two steals.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Whitman 86, Walla Walla College 43

Up 39-27 at halftime, Whitman outscored Walla Walla College 32-6 in the first 10 minutes of the second half and raced to an 86-43 non-conference victory in Sherwood Center.

Amanda Bradford, who took just two shots and scored three points in the first half, sparked Whitman's second-half run. She finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Also scoring in double figures for Whitman were Stephanie Kafoury with 17 points and Donna Hager and Faye Hutchison with 12 points each. Hager also grabbed 13 rebounds, and Kafoury pilfered seven steals.

Paula Johnson added seven boards and six points, Cara Longinotti had seven assists, and Lori Demski chipped in with eight points. All nine Missionary players hit the scoring column. Sara Sakamoto had five points and four assists, and Dayna Erickson had four points and five boards.

Friday, Jan. 24

Pacific 74, Whitman 64

Down 39-32 at halftime, Whitman rallied to within three points on three occasions in the second half before Pacific University pulled away for a 74-64 Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges victory.

With 10 minutes left in the game, the Missionaries trailed 57-54. But an 11-4 Pacific scoring spurt put the Boxers back in control for good.

Amanda Bradford led Whitman with 13 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four assists. Stephanie Kafoury added 11 points, Cara Longinetti had nine points and Faye Hutchison had eight. Paula Johnson contributed six points and six rebounds.

As a team Whitman hit seven 3-pointers to stay close throughout the game. Hutchison and Longinotti hit two long bombs apiece. The Missionaries also got one 3-pointer apiece from Kafoury, Sara Sakamoto and Lori Demski.

Saturday, Jan. 25

Lewis & Clark 87, Whitman 69

Whitman freshman Cara Longinotti connected on six of nine 3-point attempts and scored a career-high 21 points in an 87-69 Northwest Conference loss to Lewis & Clark College in Sherwood Center.

Whitman trailed 43-25 at intermission before Longinotti got hot in the second half, scoring 18 of her points after the break. She also finished the night with six assists and three steals.

With Longinotti hitting five 3-pointers in the second half, the Missionaries cut their deficit to 73-63 with 5:35 remaining. Lewis & Clark regained the momentum, however, and pulled away down the stretch.

Amanda Bradford added 18 points, five rebounds and four assists for Whitman. Faye Hutchison hit a pair of 3-points and totaled 13 points. Paula Johnson had nine points.

Friday, Jan. 31

Linfield 69, Whitman 64

The Missionaries outscored host Linfield 37-25 after intermission, but Whitman's second-half rally wasn't enough to offset a big deficit from the first 20 minutes of play. Linfield, ahead by 17 points at the break, held on for a 69-64 Northwest Conference victory.

Freshman Cara Longinotti continued her hot shooting from the 3-point line, nailing five of eight treys while scoring 19 points. She also had 10 rebounds and four steals.

Whitman's Amanda Bradford added 14 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Paula Johnson also snared 10 boards to go with eight points. Becca Curd had 11 points for the Missionaries, and Stephanie Kafoury had six assists.

Saturday, Feb. 1

Willamette 75, Whitman 57

Whitman's Cara Longinotti stayed hot from the 3-point line, hitting four of six attempts, in a 75-57 loss at Willamette. She finished the night with 16 points and a team-high 15 rebounds. In her last three games, Longinotti is 15 of 23 from the 3-point stripe. In her 10 conference games this season, the freshman guard is 24 of 55 (43.6 percent) from behind the arc.

Amanda Bradford tallied a game-high 22 points for Whitman in the loss at Willamette.

The Bearcats shot twice as many free throws as Whitman (32 to 16) and outscored the Missionaries by 16 points at the charity stripe.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Whitworth 73, Whitman 59

The Whitworth College women used a balanced scoring attack to defeat host Whitman 73-59 in women's Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges (NCIC) action in Sherwood Center. Led by Andrea Sherer's 13 points, Whitworth had a total of 12 players crack the scoring column.

Whitman's Amanda Bradford led all scorers and rebounders with 20 points and 13 boards. She also had three steals. Becca Curd hit six of 13 shots from the floor while scoring 13 points and grabbing six rebounds and five steals. She also handed out four assists.

Cara Longinotti nailed a pair of 3-pointers while collecting 10 points, six rebounds and two steals. Stephanie Kafoury also had 10 points for the Missionaries.

Whitworth led 35-20 at halftime. Whitman twice drew within 11 points in the second half.

Friday, Feb. 7

George Fox 71, Whitman 57

George Fox University made the most of a distinct height advantage in posting a 71-57 victory over host Whitman in women's Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges (NCIC) action. The taller Bruins hit the backboards for 16 offensive rebounds and outrebounded Whitman 48-34 on the night.

George Fox closed out the first half on a 6-0 run to take a 37-22 lead at intermission. Whitman nailed six 3-point shots in the second half and closed to within 66-57 with 1:52 left to play. The Bruins scored the game's last five points to account for the final margin.

Amanda Bradford led Whitman with 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Teammate Cara Longinotti hit three of six shots from 3-point stripe while scoring 17 points. Whitman also got 11 points from Faye Hutchison, who also canned a trio of 3-pointers. Paula Johnson had eight rebounds for the Missionaries.

Angela Pettit, a 6-foot-1 senior, paced George Fox with 28 points and nine rebounds.

Friday, Feb. 14

Lewis & Clark 74, Whitman 58

Whitman 3-point specialists Cara Longinotti and Lori Demski connected seven times from long range, but it wasn't enough as the Missionaries dropped a 74-58 Northwest Conference decision at Lewis & Clark.

Canning a trio of treys, Longinotti scored 18 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Demski tallied all 12 of her points on four 3-pointers.

Amanda Bradford added nine points, six rebounds and five steals for the Missionaries. Stephanie Kafoury had seven boards and five points.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Pacific 82, Whitman 60

Whitman boxed host Pacific to a draw over the first 20 minutes before the Boxers erupted in the second half to post an 82-60 Northwest Conference victory over the Missionaries. The score was knotted at 29-29 at intermission.

The Boxers fueled their second-half explosion by hitting 19 of 31 shots from the floor.

Amanda Bradford spearheaded the Whitman efforts with 24 points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists. Stephanie Kafoury was five of nine from the floor while scoring 13 points, and Lori Demski canned four of eight shots to add 10 points.

Cara Longinotti stormed the boards for a team-high nine rebounds. She also scored nine points, converting three 3-pointers.

Friday, Feb. 21

Pacific Lutheran 84, Whitman 73

The Whitman women ripped the nets for 13 3-point baskets, and freshman Cara Longinotti set a new school record for most 3-pointers in a season, but it wasn't enough as visiting Pacific Lutheran University posted an 84-73 Northwest Conference victory Friday night at Sherwood Center.

Longinotti nailed three of four treys in the first half to push her season total to 44 3-point baskets, tying a school record set by Julie Slocum during the 1990-91 season. Longinotti then broke the school record when she canned her only 3-pointer of the second half with 1:12 left to play. On the night, Longinotti was four of eight from the 3-point stripe.

Lori Demski, a Whitman sophomore, also had a hot night from the 3-point line, canning six of 13 attempts to push her season total to 44, tying Slocum's old record.

Whitman's Amanda Bradford led all scorers with 23 points. She also had nine rebounds and four assists. Demski added 21 points and seven rebounds. Longinotti finished with 17 points and five assists.

With one game left in the season, Bradford has scored a total of 426 points, which leads the NCIC.

PLU led 42-36 at halftime. As a team, Whitman made eight of 19 3-pointers in the first half to stay close.

Early in the second half, Demski made back-to-back 3-pointers to knot the score at 50-50. But the Lutes scored the next nine points to regain control.

Saturday, Feb. 22

Puget Sound 82, Whitman 70

The University of Puget Sound wrapped up a Northwest Conference regular season basketball championship with a 82-70 victory over Whitman. It wasn't easy for the visiting Loggers, however.

Whitman led for much of the first half and was up 26-23 before Puget Sound closed out the first half on an 17-2 run to take control 40-28 at the break. The Missionaries rallied to within two points, 59-57, with 10:20 left in the second half. But the Loggers pulled away with an 8-0 spurt.

Whitman's Amanda Bradford led all scorers and rebounders with 24 points and 12 boards. She finished the season with a league-leading 450 points, averaging 18.7 per game.

Whitman's Cara Longinotti, a freshman guard, nailed seven of 15 three-point attempts and finished with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists. Longinotti ended her season with a total of 52 three-point baskets, breaking a Whitman school record. Julie Slocum set the old record at 44 during the 1991-92 season.

Whitman's Lori Demski hit a pair of 3-pointers Saturday night to end her season with a total of 45 three-point buckets, which also broke Slocum's old record.