Late Three Lifts Loggers Past Whit Women

News Release Date:
Friday, January 7

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Kelsey McKinnis knocked down a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left to propel Puget Sound to a 60-58 Northwest Conference women's basketball victory over Whitman College Friday night in Sherwood Center.

   Puget Sound 60,
Whitman 58

  Box Score

Puget Sound, improving to 10-2 on the season and 3-0 in the NWC, got 20 points from McKinnis and 17 more from Jocelyn Riordan.


Jenele Peterson

Jenele Peterson, a junior guard, paced Whitman with a career-high 26 points.

The Missionaries, who slipped to 6-5 overall and 1-2 in conference, rallied from a 10-point deficit with four minutes left to knot the game at 55-55 with 54 seconds remaining.

On Puget Sound's next possession, after McKinnis misfired on a jumper, teammate Lindsay Layland snared the offensive rebound and returned the ball to McKinnis, who struck three-point gold from the top of the key.

Peterson missed a long three on Whitman's next trip down the floor. Whitman senior Rebecca Sexton grabbed the missed shot, but sophomore Kelly Peterson failed to connect on a drive to the hoop.

The Loggers converted two of four free throws in the closing seconds to stretch their lead to 60-55. Jenele Peterson's buzzer-beating three, her third trifecta of the night, completed the scoring.

McKinnis and Riordan were the only Puget Sound players scoring in double figures, although Layland chipped in with seven points and a game-high seven rebounds.

Jenele Peterson made eight of 15 shots from the floor in collecting her 26 points for Whitman. She also handed out four assists.

Sexton finished with 10 points and six boards for the Missionaries.

With Puget Sound on top 54-44 with just under four minutes left to play, Kelly Peterson's two-point bucket triggered Whitman's comeback. After junior Jenn Keyes scored off a fastbreak and added a 3-pointer, Sexton's offensive rebound putback cut the Missionary deficit to two points.

First-year Whitman forward Sarah Anderegg, who leads the NWC in free throw shooting, then drilled two freebies to even the score at 55-55 with 54 seconds showing on the clock. That's when McKinnis and her second-chance 3-pointer tipped the scales a final time toward the Loggers.

Whitman jumped in front 8-4 over the first four minutes of the game, getting a 3-pointer and a free throw from Jenele Peterson. The Loggers answered with a 10-2 run to take a four-point advantage with eight minutes left in the half.

Whitman inched back in front 21-20 on two Anderegg free throws, but Puget Sound outscored their hosts 7-2 in the final two minutes to lead 27-23 at the break. Riordan's long 3-pointer beat the buzzer to cap the Logger spurt.

Whitman stays at home Saturday to host Pacific Lutheran in an NWC game that starts at 4 p.m. in Sherwood Center.

Puget Sound travels to Spokane Saturday to play Whitworth at 6 p.m.

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