Women Improve to 8 - 1 After Soundly Downing Corban University
News Release Date:
Saturday, December 8
Walla Walla, Wash. – After a major early season conference win the night before, the Lady Missionaries quashed any fears of a letdown against non-conference opponent Corban University as they played a crisp first half in cruising to a 79 – 48 victory at George Ball Court in the final game of the Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic.
Tiffani Traver, Jr.
“I thought we played really well in the first half”, said Head Coach, Michelle Ferenz. “I was worried about how we’d come out because we had some kids who played a lot of minutes last night in a big conference game but I was pleased with our intensity in the first half.”
As has been the case in Whitman’s 8 – 1 start, the defensive pressure sparked the offense. Many of the Missionaries’ points came on fast breaks following steals or outlets from defensive rebounds. Junior post, Sarah Anderegg (Redmond, WA) had 10 boards and fellow junior Meghan White (Huntington Bch, CA), a 5 – 10 forward, grabbed 8.
Heather Johns, So
Sophomore guard, Heather Johns (W. Richland, WA), had another stellar night, leading the Whitties in scoring with 16 while dishing out 8 assists and swiping 3 steals. Her backcourt mate Tiffani Traver (Jr, Oregon City, OR) added 11, with 2 steals.
The Missionaries dominated the first half, opening a 17 point lead courtesy of a 10 to nothing run midway through the opening stanza. That margin would grow to 28 by half.
The second half saw the Missionaries maintain control of the game as some secondary players saw some meaningful playing time. Point guard Alyssa Maine (Fr, Spokane, WA), forward Hailey Ann Maeda (Fr, Kailua, HI) and guard Emilie Gilbert (Sr, Bellevue, Wa) were on the floor 12, 16 and 6 minutes respectively, and junior guard Marah Alindogan (Everett, WA) capably led the second unit, pouring in 8 points, including two rainbow threes from long range.
Corban senior forward Tess Bennett had an excellent game, leading all scorers with 22, going 8 of 12 from the field, 2 of 3 from beyond the arc and a perfect 4 of 4 from the charity stripe, but it was not enough as the rest of the Warriors were stymied by the Missionary defense, shooting only 29 % for the game. On the flip side, Whitman converted 57 % from the field.
The Missionaries are back in action Monday, December 17 when they travel to play Warner Pacific College in Portland.