Women Fall Victim to Second-Half Dry Spells

News Release Date:
Saturday, December 4

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With its offense hitting a pair of dry spells in the second half, Whitman College dropped a 62-55 women's basketball decision to Lewis & Clark Saturday afternoon in Portland, Ore.

The two teams, tied at 55 with two minutes left in the game, ended the night with 1-1 Northwest Conference records. Lewis & Clark improved to 4-3 on the season while the Missionaries slipped a notch to 4-2.

    Lewis & Clark 62, Whitman 55

  Box Score

Jennifer Keyes

Jennifer Keyes, who led all scorers with 16 points, hit her fourth 3-pointer of the night with 2:09 remaining to pull Whitman into a 55-55 deadlock.

Those proved to be the last Missionary points as Lewis & Clark closed out the scoring with five free throws and a basket.

Keyes, who was four of eight from the 3-point line, also snared six rebounds. Kelly Peterson added 13 points, making five of eight field goals and four of five free throws, while grabbing five rebounds.

Jenele Peterson was good for 13 points, five boards and two steals while Anna Forge combined seven points with six rebounds and four blocked shots. Sarah Anderegg also collected six boards.

Kelly Peterson

Whitman scored the first five points of the second half, getting a 3-pointer from Keyes and a jumper from Forge, to pull away from a 30-30 halftime stalemate. The Pioneers responded with an 8-0 run, but Kelly Peterson's basket forged a 40-40 deadlock with 13:48 left.

The Missionaries failed to scored for the next six minutes, however, as Lewis & Clark moved on top 49-40. Jenele Peterson broke the spell with jumper and Keyes canned a three to knot the game at 50-all with 4:37 left.

Keyes added a jumper and her last 3-pointer to produce the game's eighth and final tie with two minutes to go. After the Pioneers misfired at their end, Whitman missed a jumper of its own and quickly squandered an offensive rebound with a turnover.

Lewis & Clark took the lead for good with two free throws with 1:21 left on the clock.

Kristina Williams led the Pioneers with 15 points. Megan Spence added 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Tayler Wang had 10 points and five boards.

Both teams shot just under 34 percent from the floor. The Pioneers won the rebounding battle 46-42 and outscored Whitman by six points at the free throw line.

Whitman returns to non-conference action next weekend when it hosts the annual Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic in Sherwood Center.

The Missionaries play Menlo at 4 p.m. Saturday and Walla Walla University at 2 p.m. Sunday.

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