Northwest Women Rally Past Whitman 74-71

News Release Date:
Friday, November 26

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Northwest University rallied from a nine-point deficit midway through the second half and outlasted Whitman College for a 74-71 double-overtime victory in women's basketball action Friday night in Kirkland Wash.

    Northwest 74, Whitman 71
(2 OT)

  Box Score

The NAIA-affiliated Eagles improved to 5-3 on the season while Whitman slipped to 2-1.

Friday's outcome was a reversal of fortune for two clubs playing each other for the second time in seven days. A week ago in a tournament in Spokane, it was Whitman that rallied in the second half for a narrow victory.

Jenele Peterson

In the rematch, Northwest was down by nine points at intermission and still trailed 38-29 with 11:28 left in the second half.

But the Eagles turned the tide with a 16-7 run over the next six minutes to even the score at 45-45. Two free throws and a 3-pointer then vaulted Northwest into a five-point advantage.

Whitman got baskets from Anna Forge and Jenele Peterson to stay close, although Domi Mendezona scored with 1:16 remaining to push the Eagles back in front 55-50.

Jenn Keyes

After Forge countered with a quick bucket, Peterson blocked a shot that led to a Jennifer Keyes 3-pointer that squared the game at 55-55 with 28 seconds left.  

Northwest failed to get off a shot with its next possession, sending the game to the first of what would be two five-minute overtime sessions.

Peterson's 3-point strike early in the first overtime gave the Missionaries a 58-57 lead, and two free throws by Kelly Peterson had Whitman in front 63-61 with 1:14 remaining.

McKenzie McKean put back her own missed shot with 46 seconds left to forge a a 63-63 deadlock. Both teams missed shots in the closing seconds, setting the stage for the second overtime.

Emilie Gilbert knocked down two free throws early in that second OT to pull Whitman into a 65-65 tie. Northwest tallied six of the next eight points to take command, but Saran Anderegg drilled two more charity tosses to cut the Missionary deficit to 71-69 with 90 seconds still on the clock.

Anna Forge

After the two teams traded turnovers, Alyssa Welk made one of two free throws to extend the Northwest lead to 72-69. Tiffani Brewer hit a bucket for Whitman at the other end, but Mendezona's two free throws in the final seconds sealed the win.

Jenele Peterson, who made seven of 11 shots from the floor, led Whitman with a game-high 20 points. She also had two steals and two blocked shots.

Keyes, who canned four of eight tries from the 3-point stripe, added 18 points and four rebounds.

Kelly Peterson added eight points, seven assists and four rebounds while Forge grabbed 14 rebounds to go with seven points.

Whitman outrebounded the Eagles 49-47 but also fell victim to 27 turnovers, seven more than Northwest.

The Missionaries jumped in front 9-0 in the first five minutes of the game with Jenele Peterson scoring seven of those points. Whitman twice stretched its lead to 11 points late in the half.

Northwest scored the first four points of the second half, but baskets by Jenele Peterson and Forge, followed by a Keyes 3-pointer, had Whitman quickly back in front 36-25.

Whitman stays in the Seattle area on Saturday to play a 6 p.m. game against Evergreen State in Olympia.

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