Rookies Help Whit BB Women Bop Lutes
News Release Date:
Saturday, January 8
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With junior Jenele Peterson scoring a game-high 23 points and rookies Sarah Anderegg and Catelyn Webber combining for 24 in their first collegiate starts, Whitman College cruised to a 77-65 basketball victory over Pacific Lutheran Saturday afternoon in Sherwood Center.
Whitman evened its Northwest Conference record at 2-2, improving to is 6-5 overall
Pacific Lutheran, also 2-2 in conference, dropped to 4-8 on the season.
Whitman shot 53.3 percent from the floor in the first half, rolling up a 40-28 cushion by the break.
The Lutes drew no closer than nine points early in the second half, and Whitman stretched its lead to 58-39 with just over 11 minutes left to play.
The Missionaries were up by 17 points, 69-52, when Webber hit a jumper with 3:48 remaining. The Lutes closed the final gap as Whitman cleared its bench.
Peterson hit nine of 15 shots from the floor, including two of three from the 3-point stripe, in scoring 23 points in 37 minutes on the floor. She also had five assists and five rebounds.
Webber was three of four from long distance en route to a career-high 13 points. She snared seven rebounds and keyed the defense with three steals.
Anderegg, who leads the NWC in free throw accuracy, was three for free from the line, adding 11 points and six rebounds while sophomore Kelly Peterson chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds.
Senior Rebecca Sexton, who tops the conference in field goal shooting, was five of seven from the floor in scoring 10 points. She also blocked four shots.
Samantha Potter posted a Pacific Lutheran double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Mackenzie Bieker gave the Lutes 17 points and five boards while Jordan Westering added 12 points.
Webber drilled a pair of 3-pointers in the first two minutes of play to stake the Missionaries to a 6-2 lead.
Bieker responded with a pair of threes as the Lutes moved in front 13-12 with six minutes gone. That's when Whitman grabbed the momentum with a five-minute 13-2 scoring spree that included five points from Anderegg and four from Sexton.
Baskets by junior Anna Forge, Webber and Jenele Peterson, followed by a Kelly Peterson free throw, gave Whitman its biggest lead of the half at 36-22 with four minutes remaining.
Whitman shot 47.5 percent from the floor for the game and blocked a total of eight shots while holding the Lutes to 34.4 percent shooting performance. Forge blocked two shots, made two steals and handed out three assists.
Whitman hits the road next weekend for NWC games at Willamette on Friday and at George Fox on Saturday.
Pacific Lutheran hosts Puget Sound on Tuesday and Lewis & Clark on Friday.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org