Whit BB Women Shoot Past Menlo 76-52

News Release Date:
Saturday, December 11

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College ran its early season record to 5-2 with a 76-52 women's basketball victory over Menlo College in Saturday afternoon's opening game of the Fourth Annual Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic in Sherwood Center.

    Whitman 76,
    Menlo 52

  Box Score

Walla Walla University and College of Idaho are playing this evening's second game of the tournament, which honors the late Kim Evanger Raney, a 2002 Whitman graduate and basketball player who died in cycling accident in 2007.

Rebecca Sexton

The tournament concludes Sunday with games between Whitman and College of Idaho at 2 p.m. and Menlo and Walla Walla at 4 p.m.

Whitman jumped on Menlo from the outset in Saturday's opener and rolled to a 40-20 halftime lead. The Missionaries stretched their lead to as many as 42 points, 69-27, with 8:41 left in the second half before coasting home to victory.

Mary Madden

Jenele Peterson paced a balanced Whitman attack with 12 points. Rebecca Sexton added 11 points and six blocked shots, and Mary Madden came off the bench to hit a pair of 3-pointers en route to 11 points.

Sarah Anderegg (nine points, nine rebounds) and Jennifer Keyes (nine points, seven boards) came close to double-doubles. Kelly Peterson also tallied nine points for the Missionaries.

Whitman shot 49.1 percent from the floor for the game and outrebounded the Oaks 42-30.

Menlo, which slipped to 5-6 on the season, got 12 points from Jenna Marinaro and 10 points and eight rebounds from Elisa Ayla.

Menlo took its only lead of the night at 3-2 when Brittany Simmons connected from the three-point stripe at the 18:39 mark of the first half. But the Missionaries outscored the Oaks 25-6 over the next six-plus minutes to build a 27-9 advantage.

Anna Forge triggered the run with five points, three of them coming on a basket-and-one in the paint. Keyes, Jenele Peterson, Madden and Emilie Gilbert added to the surge with three-point strikes.

Menlo briefly closed to within 12 points at 27-15 before Whitman widened the lead back to 20 points by halftime. The Missionaries opened the second half on a 13-2 run -- the first seven points coming off Sexton's fingertips -- to put the game out of reach.

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