Whitman College Women's Basketball

1997-98 Season -- Game Summaries

Friday, November 21
Western Washington University 96, Whitman 31

Up 41-20 at halftime, Western Washington University outscored Whitman 55-11 in the second half to post a 96-31 victory in the opening round of a four-team tournament hosted by the Vikings in Bellingham, Wash. In other first-round action, Biola University slipped past Seattle University 74-68.

Western Washington, an NAIA Div. I school (one level higher than Whitman), won its 14th straight home opener. The Vikings, 18-8 last season, were ranked No. 25 in the national NAIA preseason poll.

The Vikings led 19-12 after the first nine minutes. An 18-4 run broke the game open, however, prior to halftime.

Freshman Emily Stewart hit all six of her free throws and led the Whitman offense with 12 points. Senior Amanda Bradford also was perfect from the line, hitting seven in a row, to finish with nine points. Freshman Jennette Goldmark had six rebounds to pace the Missionaries in that department.

Saturday, November 22
Seattle University 73, Whitman 56

Freshman Emily Stewart scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked a shot, but Seattle University used double-digit scoring by four players to down Whitman 73-56 in the consolation game of the Western Washington University Invitational in Bellingham.

Seattle outscored Whitman 11-4 over the last six minutes of the first half to take a 37-26 lead at intermission. The Chieftans then used a 15-5 run early in the second half to pull away.

Whitman's Faye Hutchison came off the bench to hit four 3-pointers and score 12 points. She also snared five rebounds and two steals.

Freshman Jennette Goldmark nailed a pair of 3-pointers while scoring eight points and handing out six assists. Amity Priore, another freshman, also had two 3-pointers and eight points. Senior Amanda Bradford chipped in with six points, four rebounds and three steals.

Three-point shooting was a bright spot for the Missionaries. As a team, Whitman hit nine of 21 attempts from long range.

At the conclusion of the tournament, Whitman's Stewart was one of six players named to the all-tournament team. "For a freshman playing in her first collegiate games, Emily played very well," Whitman coach Cathy Crosslin said. "Plus, this is only the beginning for her. She is going to be a very good player. We've only seen the tip of iceberg so far."

Saturday, November 29
Whitman 49, Evergreen State College 45

With Amanda Bradford and Faye Hutchison scoring 10 points apiece and Paula Johnson adding eight points, eight rebounds and five steals, Whitman won its home opener with a 49-45 victory over Evergreen State College. The Missionaries improved to 1-2 on the season while Evergreen, an NAIA Div. I school, dropped to 0-3.

"After opening the season with losses against two very good teams, this was a very good win for us," Whitman coach Cathy Crosslin said. "I also think Evergreen is closer to the caliber of competition we will face in our own conference, so it was good to see that we are re matching up well."

Whitman jumped in front early in the contest, leading 10-2 and 17-6 through the first six minutes. The Geoducks responded with a 13-0 run to grab a 19-17 lead with 6:30 left in the first half. The host squad quickly regained the upper hand, however, closing out the half on a 13-0 run of its own to lead 30-19 at the break.

Evergreen battled back in the second half, closing to within one point, 35-34, with 12:25 left in the game. Whitman added some breathing room over the next several minutes, taking a 47-40 lead with three minutes remaining. The Geoducks continued to battle, scoring a bucket with 41 seconds left to pull within two points, 47-45.

Whitman freshman Jennette Goldmark buried two free throws -- her only points of the second half -- with five seconds left to ice the victory. Goldmark and two other freshmen, Amity Priore and Jessica Clawson, finished with six points each.

"After the game, our players were very accurate in their assessment of how we performed," Crosslin said. "They felt they played very well in the first half and then let down a little bit in the second half. Still, it was a good win, and I was especially pleased with the defense of our perimeter players."

Evergreen outrebounded Whitman 38-37. Anna Saltonstall and Emily Steward had five rebounds apiece for the Missionaries. Bradford and Hutchison both added four boards.

"Faye Hutchison is playing especially well right now, and Paula Johnson had a fantastic all-around game," Crosslin added. "It's going to be very hard on us when both players leave at the semester break to study in Europe next semester. That will leave us with only nine players, which is a mixed blessing. It makes it more difficult to practice, but it means everyone on the roster will get more playing time and get the opportunity to contribute during the games."

Friday, December 5
George Fox 75, Whitman 38

With its leading scorer from the past three seasons sidelined by injury, Whitman opened its Northwest Conference schedule on the road with a 75-38 loss to George in Newberg, Oregon. Whitman trailed by just 10 points at halftime, 31-21, but George Fox caught fire in the second half and pulled away.

Amanda Bradford, one of only two seniors on the Whitman roster, missed the game because of a knee injury. She led the conference in scoring a year ago, averaging about 18 points per night.

Emily Stewart, one of three freshmen who started for Whitman, paced the Missionaries with 10 points, six rebounds and five steals. Amity Priore, also a first-year player, added seven points and three steals.

Saturday, December 6
Willamette 74, Whitman 51

With three starters fouling out, Whitman dropped a 74-51 Northwest Conference decision to Willamette in Salem, Oregon. Senior co-captain and leading scorer Amanda Bradford missed her second straight game because of a knee injury.

Freshman post player Emily Stewart, one of the Missionaries to get whistled for five fouls, led the Whitman offense with 12 points. She also grabbed five fouls and, for the second straight night, picked off five steals.

Anna Saltonstall and Paula Johnson each added eight points. Johnson had a team-high eight rebounds while Saltonstall had five boards. Faye Hutchison contributed six points and five rebounds before fouling out late in the game.

Freshman Jennette Goldmark, who starts at guard, collected seven points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists in 29 minutes of play before picking up her fifth foul.

Friday, December 12
Concordia 95, Whitman 90, overtime

Freshmen Emily Stewart and Amity Priore scored 31 and 22 points, respectively, and nearly rallied Whitman to victory over Concordia in a non-conference game played in Sherwood Center.

Down two at halftime, Whitman rebounded in the second half to knot the score at 79-79 at the end of regulation and send the game into overtime. Unfortunately for the home team, Concordia pulled away in the OT session to claim a high-scoring 95-90 triumph.

Stewart, a 6-foot-2 post player, hit 13 of 24 shots from the floor and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Priore was eight of 11 from the floor, including a five of eight performance from the 3-point line, while handing out seven assists and nabbing four steals.

Faye Hutchison, a junior playing in her last game of the season (she and teammate Paula Johnson plan to study overseas during the spring semester), hit four of nine shots from 3-point range and scored 17 points. She also had seven assists and five steals.

Both Johnson and freshman Jennette Goldmark each hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with six points apiece. Goldmark had four assists and four rebounds.

Wednesday, December 31
Pomona-Pitzer 78, Whitman 46

The Sagehens from the combined athletic programs of Pomona and Pitzer colleges hit 10 of 20 shots from 3-point range to roll to a 78-46 over visiting Whitman. Pomona-Pitzer, a perennial southern California powerhouse in women's NCAA Div. III basketball, jumped to a 44-18 halftime lead over the short-handed Missionaries.

Playing its first game since Dec. 12, Whitman was led by freshman Emily Stewart, who had team-high totals in both points (11) and rebounds (7). Two other freshmen, Jennette Goldmark and Amity Priore, had six points each.

Missing from the Whitman line-up were leading scorer and senior co-captain Amanda Bradford, who is out with a knee injury, and juniors Faye Hutchison and Paula Johnson, each of whom has left the team to study abroad during the next semester.

Friday, January 2
Chapman 75, Whitman 44

Whitman fell behind 39-27 at halftime and then turned ice cold in the second half to drop a 75-44 decision to Chapman University in Orange, Calif.

Freshman Emily Stewart led the Missionaries with a game-high 17 points. She hit eight of 12 shots from the floor and grabbed four rebounds.

Senior Anna Saltonstall paced Whitman's rebounding efforts with 10 boards. Jennette Goldmark, one of four first-year players to start for the Missionaries, had seven points, six rebounds and five assists.

Chapman, which upped its season record to 9-2, was paced by April Abeyta's 15 rebounds and 12 points.

Friday, January 9
Linfield 83, Whitman 40

Young and relatively inexperienced, Whitman failed to keep pace with visiting Linfield in the second half and dropped an 83-40 decision to the Wildcats in Sherwood Center.

Whitman, which started four freshman and a senior, trailed by just 10 points at halftime, 33-23. But Linfield broke the game open midway through the second half and rolled to the victory.

Freshman Emily Stewart led Whitman with 12 points and seven rebounds. Jennette Goldmark, another freshman, added 10 points and five assists. Senior co-captain Anna Saltonstall, playing only her second semester of collegiate basketball, had six points and six rebounds.

Whitman is hopeful that senior co-captain Amanda Bradford, who has missed more than a month with a knee injury, can return to line-up when Whitman hosts Pacific Saturday night. Bradford has led Whitman in scoring in each of the past three years.

Saturday, January 10
Pacific 108, Whitman 73

Pacific broke open a close game midway through the first half and then exploded in the second half for an 108-73 victory over Whitman in Sherwood Center. Pacific hit a total of 17 3-point buckets in the game.

Freshman Emily Stewart again led Whitman with 23 points, five rebounds and three steals. Playing in her first game in more than a month, senior Amanda Bradford scored 14 points and grabbed four rebounds. Bradford, Whitman's leading scorer the past three years, suffered an early season knee injury and missed the past seven games.

Kelly Williams, another Whitman freshman, added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Anna Saltonstall also snared 10 boards to go with eight points. Kitty Rasmussed finished with nine rebounds, while freshman Amity Priore had seven points and five assists.

Friday, January 16
Lewis & Clark 59, Whitman 57

Lewis & Clark reserve Jenelle Braun scored at the final buzzer to give the Pioneers a 59-57 Northwest Conference victory over visiting Whitman.

Playing 36 minutes in her second game back from a knee injury, Amanda Bradford paced Whitman with 16 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Freshmen Emily Stewart and Amity Priore added 13 and nine points, respectively, while Stewart also grabbed five rebounds.

Mandy Rockwell, played 20 minutes in her first game since joining the team two weeks ago, scored seven points and snared six rebounds.

Saturday, January 17
Pacific Lutheran 67, Whitman 58

For the second straight night, the Whitman women came close at the end before losing a Northwest Conference game on the road. This time, the Missionaries trailed by just one point, 59-58, after Amanda Bradford made a pair of free throws with 1:28 left to play. But the Lutes pulled out the victory and retained their hold on first place in the conference by scoring the game's final eight points to win 67-58.

Freshman guard Amity Priore led Whitman with a game-high 20 points. She made eight of 13 shots from the floor, including two of three attempts from 3-point range.

Senior co-captain Amanda Bradford had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Emily Stewart, another freshman, added 17 points while hitting six of eight shots from the field and five of six attempts from the free throw line.

Whitman trailed 20-12 early in the game, but then rallied to knot the score at 31 by the end of the first half.

Friday, January 23
Puget Sound 65, Whitman 50

Down 34-26 at intermission, Whitman rallied to within two points, 45-43, with 9:43 left to play. But Puget Sound responded with an 11-0 run to regain control, and the Loggers scored the game's final six points to stretch its final margin of victory.

Amanda Bradford, who missed six games earlier this season with a knee injury, scored a season-high 21 points to move into fifth place on Whitman's career scoring list for women's basketball. Bradford, who led the Missionaries in scoring in each of the past three seasons, has now scored 1,225 points in her Whitman career.

Bradford passed Julie Slocum Bennani, a 1990 graduate who scored 1,205 points. Slocum Bennani, who now lives in Seattle, Wash., played prep basketball at Boise, Idaho, High School.

Bradford also had eight rebounds, six assists and three steals against Puget Sound. Amity Priore, a freshman, also had six assists for the Missionaries. Emily Stewart, another freshman, scored 12 points and grabbed three rebounds for Whitman.

Saturday, January 24
Whitman 61, Seattle University 58

After a number of near misses earlier in the season, the Whitman women claimed their first Northwest Conference victory when freshman Jessica Clawson nailed her fourth 3-pointer of the night with 50 seconds left in the game to give the Missionaries a 61-58 victory over Seattle Univesity in Sherwood Center.

Down 10 points at halftime, Whitman opened the second half on a 10-2 run and then closed out the game on a 15-2 spurt over the final seven minutes to seal the victory.

With Seattle leading 56-46, Whitman's Emily Stewart and Anna Saltonstall scored to cut the deficit to 56-50 with 4:49 left. After Seattle tallied its final points of the night on a pair of free throws with 4:16 remaining, Saltonstall completed a three-point play in the key and Amity Priore nailed a 3-pointer to trim Seattle's lead to 58-56 with 2:11 left to play.

Whitman's Amanda Bradford converted two free throws with 1:29 left to knot the score at 58. After Seattle missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity, Clawson nailed her 3-pointer with 50 seconds to complete the scoring and give Whitman its come-from-behind victory.

Clawson finished with 12 points and six rebounds. Bradford scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, handed out five assists and swiped three steals to lead Whitman. The Missionaries also got eight points and seven rebounds from Saltonstall and eight points and five boards from Emily Stewart.

Priore contributed seven points and six rebounds, while Kelly Williams scored seven points.

Tuesday, January 27
Whitworth 67, Whitman 48

Whitman was unable to sustain a strong start and eventually dropped a 67-48 Northwest Conference decision to Whitworth in Sherwood Center. The Missionaries led for much of the first half, bolting to leads of 11-3 after seven minutes of play and 17-10 with 8:39 left in the first half. But the Pirates closed out the first half on a 15-4 run to lead 29-23 at the break.

The Pirates opened the second half on a 13-4 run to extend its lead to 42-26 with 17 minutes left to play. After Whitman closed the gap to 44-40 at the 12:00 mark, Whitworth regained control for good with a 10-0 spurt.

Amanda Bradford scored 11 points to jump two notches to third place on Whitman's career scoring list for women's basketball. Bradford, who raised her career total to 1,253 points, moved past Erica Aydelotte, who scored 1,249 points before graduating in 1992, and current assistant coach Kim Flerchinger Clothier, who scored 1,251 points at Whitman.

Bradford also had seven rebounds against Whitworth.

Whitman's Anna Saltonstall scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Emily Stewart added eight points for the Missionaries, while Amity Priore had seven points and seven assists.

Friday, January 30
George Fox 68, Whitman 60

Trailing 34-20 at the break after a cold first half, Whitman rallied in the second half before a late comeback bid faltered at the end, allowing George Fox to escape with a 68-60 victory in Sherwood Center.

The Bruins stayed in control for much of the second half and they led by 21 points, 56-35, with 8:22 left to play. But after George Fox scored its last field goal of the game to lead 58-42 at the 5:57 mark, Whitman used an 18-7 run to cut its deficit to 65-60 with 1:08 remaining on the clock.

Whitman could draw no closer, however, and George Fox converted three of four opportunities in the final 33 seconds to preserve its win.

The Bruins scored their final 10 points from the charity stripe. For the game, George Fox was 23 of 32 from the free throw line, while Whitman was eight of 11. The Missionaries were whistled for 22 fouls on the night, nearly three times as many as the Bruins, who were called for eight fouls, only one of which came in the first half.

Amanda Bradford and Emily Stewart scored 16 points each to lead Whitman. Stewart also had seven rebounds and four steals, while Bradford had five boards, four assists and three steals.

Jennette Goldmark added 13 points and four steals for the Missionaries. Amity Priore had six assists and five points. Kelly Williams had eight points.

Saturday, January 31
Willamette 75, Whitman 70

Whitman's spirited second-half rally fell just a little short as Willamette prevailed for a 75-70 victory in Sherwood Center.

The Bearcats led 43-22 at halftime, but Whitman opened the second half on a 25-10 run to grab a 57-53 lead with 8:08 left in the game. The lead changed hands three more times before Willamette took control for the final time at 66-64 with 4:08 remaining. Whitman still trailed by just one point, 70-69, at the 2:45 mark, but the Bearcats scored the next four points to ice the win.

Freshman Emily Stewart paced Whitman with game-high totals of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Amanda Bradford, continuing to play on a bad knee, had 18 points and seven boards for the Missionaries.

Amity Priore, another of Whitman's freshman starters, added 10 points and five assists, while freshman Jennette Goldmark had six rebounds, four points and four assits.

Friday, February 6
Linfield 69, Whitman 56

A second-half rally failed to offset a 16-point halftime deficit as Whitman dropped a 69-56 Northwest Conference game to Linfield in McMinnville, Oregon.

Senior Amanda Bradford with 13 points and freshman Amity Priore with 10 points were the only Missionaries in double figures. Bradford became only the third player in the history of Whitman women's basketball to score 1,300 points in a career. She finished the game with that total exactly in career points.

Bradford, who has been hobbled the entire season with a knee injury, also grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

Freshman Jessica Clawson hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored nine points. Mandy Rockwell had eight points for the Missionaries.

Friday, February 6
Pacific 55, Whitman 53

Whitman erased all but two points of a 10-point halftime deficit before dropping a 55-53 Northwest Conference decision to Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

With 25 seconds left in the game and Pacific clinging to its two-point lead, one of the Boxers missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity. Whitman collared the rebound and raced up the floor, where Jessica Clawson's wide open 3-point attempt fell just short. Teammate Amanda Bradford rebounded and put back a shot that also rolled off the rim. The final buzzer sounded as the two teams scrambled for the ball.

"Jesse's 3-pointer to win was right on the mark, but it fell just a little short," Whitman coach Cathy Crosslin said. "I thought Amanda was fouled on her last shot, but that's something the officials don't like to call at the end of a game."

Like the final score, the game was a virtual dead heat in several statistical categories. Pacific finished with one more rebound (39-38) and one more assist (13-12), and both teams had 12 steals. The Missionaries had one more field goal (23-22), but the Boxers made seven of 13 free throws compared to Whitman's three-for-three effort at the line.

Bradford led Whitman with 13 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists. Clawson also had 13 points, hitting three 3-pointers, and five boards.

Amity Priore added nine points, while Jennette Goldmark had six points, six rebounds and four assists. In her first start of the season, Mandy Rockwell contributed a game-high eight rebounds, six points and three steals.

Tuesday, February 10
Whitworth 73, Whitman 62

Whitman played host Whitworth to a virtual standstill in the second half but was unable to chip away at a 10-point halftime deficit. The Pirates held off the Missionaries down the stretch for a 73-62 Northwest Conference victory.

Whitman drew to within four points at 54-50 early in the second half, but that was as close as the Missionaries would come.

Amanda Bradford played her typical all-around game, leading Whitman in points with 17, rebounds with a game-high ten and steals with six. She hit seven of nine attempts from the free throw line, and she also handed out four assists.

Jessica Clawson hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 12 points and five rebounds. Jennette Goldmark added 11 points, while Anna Saltonstall had nine rebounds andThe Whitman women upset first-place Pacific Lutheran University 61-59 in a Northwest seven points. Mandy Rockwell contributed Conference game Saturday night in Sherwood Center when freshman Jessica Clawsoseven boards, five assists, four points and two steals.

The Missionaries outrebounded Whitworth 45-34. Whitman's total included 17 rebounds at the offensive end.

Friday, February 13
Whitman 59, Lewis & Clark 58

Freshman Amity Priore scored twice in the final 23 seconds to give Whitman a thrilling 59-58 Northwest Conference victory over Lewis & Clark College in Sherwood Center.

Priore, one of three Missionary freshmen who finished with 10 points, hit a running jumper in the key to put Whitman up 57-56 with 23 seconds left in the game. After Lewis & Clark's Chris Kreger scored with 10 seconds remaining to regain a one-point for the Pioneers, Priore nailed a short baseline jumper with two seconds left to seal the win for Whitman.

Amanda Bradford, who is No. 3 on the women's all-time scoring list at Whitman, scored 16 points to pace the Missionaries and push her career point total to 1,346.

Also scoring 10 points each for Whitman were Jessica Clawson and Emily Stewart. Clawson connected on three 3-pointers while grabbing four rebounds, handing out three assists and making three steals. Senior Anna Saltonstall had six rebounds and four rebounds.

Down 26-13 with 6:28 left in the first half, Whitman closed out the half on a 12-4 run to trail by just five points at the break. The Missionaries pulled to within one point, 40-39, midway through the second half before the Pioneers stretched their lead to 54-48 with 4:17 left to play.

After Stewart scored inside and Clawson buried a 3-pointer, Lewis & Clark responded with a bucket of its own. With 1:25 showing on the clock, Priore sank a pair of free throws and Whitman again trailed by a single point, 56-55. That also set the stage for Priore's game-winning jumpers in the final seconds.

Saturday, February 14
Whitman 61, Pacific Lutheran 59

The Whitman women upset first-place Pacific Lutheran University 61-59 in a Northwest Conference game Saturday night in Sherwood Center when freshman Jessica Clawson nailed a 3-pointer at the final buzzer.

Down by seven points at halftime and by 11 points early in the second half, PLU fought back and took its only lead of the second half, 59-58, when Lucy Barker hit two free throws with 12 seconds left. But Whitman pulled out the victory when Clawson connected from the right corner. It was the second consecutive night that a freshman hit a game-winning shot for the Missionaries in the waning seconds.

Amanda Bradford, who ranks third on the women's all-time scoring list at Whitman, scored 18 points to pace the Missionaries and push her career point total to 1,364. Bradford also handed out six assists and grabbed four rebounds.

Clawson connected on four of six 3-points attempts to finish with 14 points. She also had four assists. Emily Stewart, another of Whitman's freshman starters, scored 12 points before fouling out in the second half. Amity Priore, the freshman who hit Friday night's game-winning shot, added nine points Saturday night.

Friday, February 20
Puget Sound 70, Whitman 48

Freshman Jessica Clawson nailed five 3-point shots and scored a season-high 15 points, but it wasn't enough to keep Whitman from dropping a 70-48 Northwest Conference decision at the University of Puget Sound.

As a team, Whitman made just six of 20 shots in the first half and fell behind the Loggers 40-16 at the break. Puget Sound made 16 of 31 first-half shots.

The Missionaries warmed up in the second half, hitting 12 of 25 shots from the floor and outscoring the Loggers 32-30 over the final 20 minutes.

Clawson, who leads the team this season with 34 3-point baskets, also had five rebounds and three steals. Amith Priore, another freshman, made five of eight shots from the floor, including two of three from 3-point range, to finish with 12 points and four assists.

The only other Missionary close to double figures was Amanda Bradford with eight points. Anna Saltonstall, Emily Stewart and Laura Hagelin grabbed four rebounds each.

Saturday, February 21
Seattle 78, Whitman 66

Amanda Bradford capped her injury-plagued senior season and otherwise stellar career with a season-high 29 points and 12 rebounds in a 78-66 loss at Seattle University.

Despite missing six games early in the season with a knee injury, Bradford finished with 1,401 career points, which places her No. 3 on the women's all-time scoring list at Whitman. Her career numbers also include 688 rebounds, 240 steals and 201 assists.

Whitman's two freshman starters, Emily Stewart and Amity Priore, joined Bradford in double-digit scoring against Seattle. Stewart hit six of seven shots from the floor to score 12 points, and Priore connected on a pair of treys while scoring 11 points and handing out six assists.

In her last game as a Missionary, Anna Saltonstall grabbed six rebounds to go with six rebounds. Whitman outrebounded Seattle 37-33.