Pirates Rally Past Whit BB Women 66-63
News Release Date:
Tuesday, January 18
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- A six-point lead slipped away over the final five minutes as Whitman College dropped a 66-63 Northwest Conference women's basketball decision to Whitworth Tuesday night in Spokane, Wash.
Whitworth improved to 4-3 in the NWC and evened its season record at 8-8. Whitman fell to 3-4 and 8-7
With the game tied 54-54 with six minutes remaining, sophomores Mary Madden and Kelly Peterson gave the Missionaries a big boost. Madden knocked down a 3-pointer and Peterson followed with a three-point play in the paint to give Whitman a 60-54 advantage headed down the stretch.
Those last five minutes, however, were anything but kind to the visiting team.
With the Pirates making their next four shots from the floor and Whitman getting whistled for five costly turnovers, Whitworth reeled off eight unanswered points and finished the game on a 12-3 run to chalk up the victory.
After two Jamie Lyons free throws gave the Pirates a 66-63 lead, Whitman uncorked four shots -- grabbing two offensive rebounds in the process -- over the final 33 seconds of play. Three attempts came from the 3-point line, including one at the buzzer, but none found the bottom of the net.
Whitman held the upper hand to start the game and on through the rest of the opening half.
First-year forward Sarah Anderegg, who led all scorers with 17 points, made two free throws and a layup to vault the Missionaries in front 12-2 at the 13:24 mark.
The Pirates battled back to within a point at 21-20 with 6:31 left in the half, but after first-year Missionary Catelyn Webber and junior teammate Jennifer Keyes hit threes, Anderegg drilled two more free throws for a 33-25 lead with a minute left.
Whitworth made a final push, scoring the final five points to trail 33-30 at intermission.
The Pirates pulled even early in the second half and the two sides battled through six lead changes and seven ties before Whitman seized its six-point lead late in the game.
Anderegg was six of 11 from the floor and five for five from the free throw line to pace Whitman's offense. She also grabbed five rebounds, made four steals and blocked two shots.
Madden came off the bench to add 10 points and five rebounds. Peterson, Madden's high school teammate, finished with eight points and seven boards. Keyes and Webber finished with six points apiece, and four other Whitman players chipped in with four points each as part of a balanced attack.
Junior Anna Forge snared six rebounds -- four at the offensive end -- to help Whitman amass a 38-26 edge on the backboards. The Missionaries finished with a total of 14 offensive rebounds.
Whitman also was deadly at the free throw line, converting 17 of 19 chances, but they also fell victim to 23 turnovers, six more than the Pirates.
Whitworth shot 56.5 percent from the floor in making its second-half comeback. Lyons led the way with 15 points and five steals while the Pirates also got 14 points from Kayla Johnson and 10 from Emily Guthrie.
Whitman, which has played five of its first seven NWC games on the road, completes the first half of its NWC schedule when it hosts Pacific at 6 p.m. Saturday in Sherwood Center.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org