Women Score 48 Second Half Points to Beat Warner Pacific 77 - 57
News Release Date:
Monday, December 17
Portland, OR – The Lady Missionaries rode a 48 point second half, shooting 60-percent from the field, to defeat Warner Pacific on the road, improving Whitman’s record to 9 – 1. The second half blitz came after a tightly contested first twenty minutes that resulted in a one-point lead for the Missionaries going to break, 29 to 28.
Sarah Anderegg, Jr.
Whitman got out to an early 5-to-nothing lead on a Mary Madden jumper (Sr, Huntington Bch, CA) and a Tiffani Traver (Jr, Oregon City, OR) three, but the Lady Knights came right back and knotted the score at 7 – 7 when Chelsey Christensen sank a trey. The teams would battle back and forth for the remainder of the half with three ties, 10 lead changes, and no team’s margin greater than 4 points – the Missionaries led 27 – 23 at the 5:23 mark when Alyssa Maine (Fr, Spokane, WA) hit a three-ball.
Christensen responded with a mid-range jumper and then a trey to reclaim the lead for Warner Pacific. Whitman forward Meghan White (Jr, Huntington Beach, CA) answered with a jumper with 36-seconds remaining in the half to end the scoring before intermission.
The game remained close for the first two minutes of the second half before the Missionaries went on an 11-to-nothing run, capped by a Sarah Anderegg (Jr, Redmond, WA) bucket that opened up a 12- point lead 44 to 32. During the spurt, Anderegg accounted for 8 of the 11 points, dropping in a pair of free throws and converting three field goals – Johns hit a three-pointer also.
Meghan White, Jr.
The Knights cut the lead to 9, twice – the last time on two Ali Campbell free throws with 13:15 remaining in the game. Whitman pulled away for good with an 8-to-0 run, sparked by a pair of Anderegg free throws that gave the Whitties a 19-point lead with 8:49 on the clock.
In the decisive second stanza, the Missionaries made 10 of 20 (60%) from the field and 22 of 27 (81 %) from the charity stripe, while the Knights shot 11 of 27 (40 %) from the floor and 7 of 11 (64 %) from the line. For the game, Whitman shot 31 free throws to Warner Pacific’s 17.
Anderegg and John’s shared the scoring honors for the Whitties, both tallying 14. Forwards Heather Lovelace (So, McKinleyville, CA) and Hallie Buse (So, Boise, ID) came off the bench to score 10 and 7, respectively – the bench contributing 15 points in the second half. Traver added 9 and Madden 8. The Missionaries leading rebounder White hauled down a game-high 9 with John’s grabbing 7. Whitman claimed the rebounding edge 42 to 24.
Christensen topped all scorers with 19 while grabbing 5 rebounds. The Knights also got 10 points and 5 boards from Tori Carroll.
The Loss drops Warner Pacific to 5 – 7. The Missionaries will rest their 9 – 1 record over the Holiday break before returning to action on January 4, when they play NWC foe Lewis and Clark on the road – 6 pm tip-off.