Whit BB Women Salt Away Banana Slugs

News Release Date:
Saturday, November 20

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- It was no contest as Whitman College romped past UC-Santa Cruz 69-50 Saturday afternoon to win the WHIT Classic women's basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash.

Whitman, which opened its season yesterday by edging Northwest University by a single point, was the only team in the two-day, four-school tournament to finish with a 2-0 mark.

Jenele Peterson

    Whitman 69,
UC-Santa Cruz 50

  Box Score

The tourney concluded late this afternoon with host Whitworth losing 78-61 to Northwest. Whitworth dropped a one-point decision to UC-Santa Cruz in yesterday's other first-round game.

Whitman's Jenele Peterson, who had 27 points, 10 assists and four steals in her two games, was named the tournament MVP.

Her Missionary teammate, Kelly Peterson, was also named to the all-tournament team after scoring 22 points, making eight of 14 shots from the floor, and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Kelly Peterson

Whitman wasted no time taking charge in today's game with UC-Santa Cruz, bolting to a 9-0 lead in the first three minutes and building a 36-13 cushion by halftime.

The Missionaries took their largest lead of the night at 29 points, 54-25, midway through the second half before the Banana Slugs closed the gap in the final minutes.

All 13 players on the Whitman roster saw signficant playing time, and all but two made it into the scoring column.

Juniors Jenele Peterson and Jenn Keyes led a balanced attack with 11 points apiece. Peterson also handed out five assists and collected three steals while Keyes hit five of her seven field goal attempts.

Junior Anna Forge and sophomore Kelly Peterson added 10 points apiece and combined to corral 11 rebounds. Senior Rebecca Sexton just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

Anna Forge

First-year forward Sarah Anderegg came off the bench for eight points and four boards.

Forge put back an offensive rebound to open the scoring for Whitman. Keyes followed with two baskets, one of them a 3-pointer, and Kelly Peterson added two more hoops to give the Missionaries a 12-2 lead with 15:55 on the clock.

Jenn Keyes

Lauren Nixon's basket trimmed the Santa Cruz deficit to 14-9 at the 11:36 mark. The Banana Slugs scored just four more points, all from the free throw line, for the rest of the half as Whitman pulled away.

Santa Cruz made just four of 29 field goal attempts over the first 20 minutes. That included one 3-pointer in 10 tries.

Whitman shot just over 41 percent from the floor for the game, despite making just two of its 12 three-point shots. The Missionaries outrebounded Santa Cruz 50-35.

Whitman continues its non-conference slate next weekend with games Friday at Northwest University (Kirkland, Wash.) and Evergreen State (Saturday).

Whitman does not play its home openers until Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-12, when it hosts the annual Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic.

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