George Fox Holds Off Whit Women 64-57
News Release Date:
Saturday, January 15
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College outshot their hosts from the 3-point and free throw lines, but 6-foot-5 Hannah Munger ruled the paint in leading George Fox to a 64-57 Northwest Conference victory Saturday afternoon in Newberg, Ore.
Munger, who made 10 of 12 shots from the floor for the defending NWC champs, finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.
George Fox improved to 5-1 in conference and 11-4 overall. Whitman, which has played four of its first six conference games on the road, slipped to 3-3 in the NWC and 8-6 on the season.
Jenn Keyes, a junior sharpshooter, hit four of six 3-point shots and led Whitman with 16 points, five rebounds and three steals.
Whitman also got 13 points from junior Jenele Peterson and 10 points and seven rebounds from first-year forward Sarah Anderegg.
The Missionaries swished 18 of 20 free throws and were five of 11 from the 3-point arc. George Fox was just 10 of 22 from the free throw line and two of seven from long distance, but the Bruins shot 56.5 percent from the floor.
Hayley Cusick and Breezy Rinehart-Young added 11 points apiece for George Fox, and Keisha Gordon combined 10 points with eight rebounds.
Up by four at halftime, the Bruins stretched their lead to 44-33 over the first four minutes of the second stanza. Keyes drilled three hoops fror Whitman, two of them 3-pointers, to slice the Missionary deficit to 53-49 with seven minutes left.
But offensive rebounds led to two more Munger hoops inside as George Fox regained and held a safe lead through the final minutes.
Whitman seized the advantage early in the first half, getting a big lift from Keyes off the bench. She made two free throws and knocked down two 3-pointers to give the Missionaries an 18-12 lead midway through the half.
After a Mary Madden basket had Whitman in front 22-16 with 6:20 left, the Bruins seized momentum with a 15-2 run that produced a 31-24 George Fox lead. Jenele Peterson scored twice in the final 30 seconds, the last time from the 3-point line with four seconds left on the clock, to make it a 33-29 game at halftime.
Munger was five for five from the field in collecting 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots in the opening half. As a team the Bruins shot 54.2 percent (13-24) in the first 20 minutes.
Whitman returns to the road on Tuesday when it plays a 6 p.m. NWC game against Whitworth in Spokane.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org