Whit Women Withstand Late Bearcat Rally

News Release Date:
Friday, January 14

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- First-year forward Sarah Anderegg scored a career-high 19 points and Whitman College withstood a late Willamette rally to post a 74-71 Northwest Conference victory Friday night in Salem, Ore.

   Whitman 74,

Willamette 71

  Box Score

Whitman, now 3-2 in the NWC and 8-5 overall, led by 11 points with four minutes left in the game before Willamette rallied down the stretch.

Sarah Anderegg

The Bearcats (0-5, 1-12) had a shot at a game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds, but Alex Zennan's attempt failed to draw iron.

Anderegg, who fouled out with two minutes remaining, also grabbed seven rebounds. Her exit came about 40 seconds after senior center Rebecca Sexton was sent to the pines with her fifth foul.

Kelly Peterson

Whitman also got 11 points and six rebounds from junior Jenele Peterson and 10 points, four rebounds and three assists from junior Jennifer Keyes.

Sophomore Kelly Peterson grabbed a team-high nine rebounds to go with five points and three steals.

Junior Anna Forge was good for nine points and six boards, while first-year Missionaries Catelyn Webber and Tiffani Brewer chipped in with seven points apiece. Brewer also picked off four steals.

Sophomore Mary Madden, who missed last weekend's games due to injury, returned to haul down seven rebounds. Whitman won the rebounding battle 49-42.

With Webber and Keyes draining two 3-pointers apiece, Whitman made five of its 10 shots from long range, but neither team shot well from the floor or free throw line. Both sides missed 13 free throws: Whitman was 25 of 28 while Willamette was 18 of 31.

Willamette held early leads of 11-6 and 15-9, but Keyes hit her two threes as part of an 18-4 run that had Whitman on top 27-19 with seven minutes left in the first half. The Bearcats made three free throws in the final 30 seconds to trail 37-32 at the break.

Tiffani Brewer

Jenele Peterson scored six points early in the second half to stretch Whitman's cushion to 11 points. After Willamette closed to within four points, Webber struck twice from the 3-point stripe to stake the Missionaries to a 61-50 lead with 8:21 left.

Sexton's layup made it 69-58 with four minutes remaining, but Willamette scored 10 of the next 11 points to trail 70-68 with 35 seconds left on the clock.

With the game devolving into a free throw contest, Jenele Peterson and Forge both made a pair of charity tosses for a 74-59 Missionary lead with 23 seconds remaining. 

After Willamette scored inside and Whitman missed its next two free throws, the Bearcats misfired on a final three-point attempt that would have sent the game to overtime.

Whitman stays in western Oregon on Saturday for a 4 p.m. game against George Fox in Newberg.

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