BB Women Open NWC Slate With Road Win
News Release Date:
Friday, December 3
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The road proved hospitable as the Whitman College women opened their Northwest Conference basketball slate with a 65-55 victory over Linfield Friday night in McMinnville, Ore.
Whitman, improving to 4-1 on the season, got a team-high 17 points from junior guard Jenele Peterson, who made three of her four 3-point tries and all six of her free throws.
First-year forward Sarah Anderegg came off the Missionary bench for 11 points and five rebounds in just 15 minutes on the hardwood.
Kelly Peterson and Anna Forge added to a balanced Whitman attack with nine and eight points, respectively. Rebecca Sexton mixed six points with six rebounds while Mary Madden also chipped in with six points.
Whitman, ranked No. 25 in the latest NCAA Division III national poll, led 31-28 at halftime and outrebounded the Wildcats 36-32 on the night. The Missionaries shot 44.2 percent from the floor and knocked down 14 of 18 free throws (77.8 percent).
Linfield made just 37 percent of its field goal attempts and struggled a bit at the free throw line, making 16 of 25 opportunities (64 percent).
With Forge scoring Whitman's first two buckets, the Missionaries bolted to a 6-2 lead early in the game and later added a 12-3 spurt to build a 19-9 cushion with 11:33 left in the first half. Jenele Peterson sparked the surge with a pair of 3-point bullets.
The Wildcats countered with an 11-0 run to lead 20-19. The home team inched in front 24-22 before Whitman clicked off seven straight points -- three coming on a long-distance strike by first-year guard Tiffani Brewer -- and finally closed out the half with a three-point advantage.
The outcome remained in doubt for much of the second-half. Linfield never regained the lead, although it twice forged tie scores, once at 35-35 with 14:41 left and once at 45-45 with 9:17 remaining.
Whitman regained command by holding the Wildcats scoreless for nearly four minutes. Meanwhile, Sexton hit a jumper, Anderegg completed a three-point play in the paint, and Kelly Peterson scored to give the Missionaries a 52-45 lead.
Linfield made a final push, closing to within 54-51 with 3:25 left on the clock. But after the Wildcats missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity, junior Jenn Keyes canned a 3-pointer to stem the tide for Whitman.
After the Wildcats missed two more charity tosses, Anderegg converted two freebies at the other end. Following a Linfield turnover, Kelly Peterson put back her own offensive rebound to make it 61-51 with less than two minutes left.
Whitman used a team effort to control the backboards. Five players had four or more rebounds.
While the Missionaries got five or more points from seven players, Linfield had three players tally all but 10 of its points. Gretchen Owens led the way with 24 points while Kaely Maltman combined 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The loss dropped Linfield to 3-3 on the season. The Wildcats have lost seven straight games to the Missionaries.
Whitman is in Portland Saturday for a 4 p.m. game at Lewis & Clark.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org