Women's Basketball Knocks Off Highly Ranked Lewis & Clark as Anderegg Tops 30

News Release Date:
Friday, January 4

The Whitman Women's Basketball team knocked off #5 Lewis & Clark in Portland tonight 88 - 72 as junior forward Sarah Anderegg scored a career-high 32 points and junior Meghan White grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. The win moves the Missionaries into sole possession of place in the NWC at 3 - 0, and improves their overall record to 10 - 1. The defeat was the Pioneers first of the season, leaving L & C at 11 - 1 for the year and 2 - 1 in conference, tied for second with Pacific and George Fox.

Sarah Anderegg Jr.

The Missionaries' victory has received national attention. D3 Hoops.com features the Whitman victroy as its lead story

After a tightly contested first half, the Whitties shot 64 % in the second half to take control of the game, knocking down 18 of 28 shots -- 4 of 6 from three point land. Following the intermission, Whitman came out of the blocks blistering the nylon with Anderegg doing most of the damage. Leading 35 to 32, Whitman opened the second stanza with 10 to 2 run as Anderegg scored 8 during the spurt that put the Missionaries up by ten, 45 - 36.

Tiffani Traver, Jr.

The undefeated Pioneers tried to counter as the conference's leading scorer Kristina Williams kept the pressure on with 24 points, but each time the Missionaries had an answer and eventually lengthened their lead to 14 on a Meghan White layup with 7:09 left to play -- the assist coming from Anderegg.

Lewis & Clark cut the lead down to 10 with 4:02 left to go on a paif of free throws from Sara Villanueva, but point guard Marah Alindogan hit a free throw and when Tiffani Traver drilled a trey from straight away, the Missionaries lead was back up to 14 with 2:33 remaining. Anderegg added anther three points via the charity stripe and then was taken out of the game to a standing ovation from her teamates with :44 left and the outcome settled.

Traver had an excellent all-around game pouring in 16 points along with a game-high 8 assists and 3 rebounds. Other Missionaries in double-figures were senior Mary Madden and sophomore Heather Lovelace who both added 11.

Once again, Whitman sparkled on defense, holding the potent Pioneer attack to just 38 % shooting and outrebounding L & C 43 to 33.

Whitman travels to Pacific University tomorrow for a 4 pm contest.

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