BB Women Debut With One-Point Triumph

News Release Date:
Friday, November 19

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With four players scoring in double figures, Whitman College made a successful season debut with a 70-69 women's basketball victory over Northwest University Friday afternoon in Spokane, Wash.

    Whitman 70,
Northwest 69

  Box Score

In the opening game of the two-day WHIT Classic, hosted by Whitworth University, Whitman trailed by three at halftime but opened the second stanza on a 27-14 run to lead 55-45 with 8:36 left to play.

The NAIA-affiliated Eagles came screeching back to twice tie the game, the second time at 61-61 with 2:29 left on the clock.

Jenele Peterson

But first-year Whitman forward Sarah Anderegg, who tallied 11 of her 13 points in the second half, made two free throws on the next Missionary possession to stem the tide.

After Northwest misfired on its next shot attempt, junior Anna Forge snared the rebound, was fouled and converted both free throws to give Whitman a 65-61 cushion with just under two minutes remaining.

Following a Northwest turnover, junior Jenele Peterson made two of three charity tosses to stretch the lead to six.

Sarah Anderegg

Two more Peterson free throws put Whitman up by seven, 69-62, with 38 seconds left on the clock, but the Eagles nailed a pair of 3-pointers and forced a Whitman turnover to make a final push.

The Eagles had a chance to tie with 14 seconds left when Jesslyn Jackson went to the line for two free throws. She made the first and missed the second to trim Whitman's lead to 70-69.

Northwest fouled immediately and two missed Missionary free throws gave the Eagles a final shot at winning, but Jackson's jumper in the waning seconds was off the mark.

Rebecca Sexton

Peterson paced Whitman with 16 points and five assists. Anderegg made all nine of her free throws and was two of three from the floor to account for her 13 points.

Senior post Rebecca Sexton added 12 points and seven boards for the Missionaries before fouling out late in the game.

Sophomore guard Kelly Peterson hit both of her 3-point shot, finishing with 11 points and five boards. Forge also collected five rebounds to go with eight points.

Whitman fueled its second-half rally by shooting 50 percent from the floor (12-24) and 80 percent from the free throw line (16-20).

The loss dropped Northwest to 3-3 on the season. One of its earlier victories was a 78-74 win over Puget Sound, one of Whitman's Northwest Conference rivals.

Kelly Peterson

Northwest held the upper hand for most of the first half. A jumper by Forge and 3-pointer by Kelly Peterson gave Whitman an early 5-2 lead, but the Eagles took control with a 12-2 spurt. Sexton's free throw knotted the game at 22-22 with 5:15 left before the break.

Another Sexton free throw with a second left on the first-half clock trimmed the Northwest lead to 31-28 at intermission.

The Eagles extended their advantage to six points early in the second half, but Whitman exploded on a 24-8 run over the next nine-plus minutes to take its largest lead of the night 55-45.

Jenele Peterson sparked the surge with 10 points while Anderegg contributed seven, including a 3-point play in the paint. Tiffani Brewer, a first-year guard, also nailed a 3-pointer during the run.

Whitman plays its second tournament game at 2 p.m. Saturday against UC-Santa Cruz, an NCAA Division III independent.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu