Pioneers Escape With 3-Point Women's Win

News Release Date:
Friday, January 28

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With a Whitman College 3-point try failing to drop at the buzzer, Lewis & Clark ran its winning streak to 10 games with a 64-61 Northwest Conference victory over the Missionaries Friday night in Sherwood Center.

The Pioneers retain sole possession of first place in the NWC, improving to 8-1 in league and 14-4 overall. Whitman slipped to 4-5 and 10-8.

  Lewis & Clark 64,
Whitman 61

  Box Score

Trailing 60-54 with five minutes left to play, Whitman got a basket from junior Anna Forge and 3-point strike from first-year guard Catelyn Webber to draw within 60-59 with 1:20 left to play.

Anna Forge

After the Pioneers missed four straight free throws, Megan Spence scored inside to push the Lewis & Clark lead back to three.

Sarah Anderegg, a first-year forward, put back an offensive rebound for Whitman, but Kristina Williams answered with two free throws to make it 64-61 with 14 seconds left on the clock.

A Jenele Peterson 3-point attempt missed in the waning seconds, but teammate Rebecca Sexton snared the rebound and fed sophomore Mary Madden for a last-second three that hit the front of the rim but failed to drop.

Jenele Peterson

Spence led all scorers with 28 points, making 12 of 16 shots from the floor for Lewis & Clark. Williams added 20 points, four rebounds and four assists, and Margaret Dowling snared 11 rebounds to spark the Pioneers to a big 41-29 victory on the boards.

Jenele Peterson and Forge, combining to make 13 of 20 field goal attempts, scored 14 points apiece for Whitman. Peterson added five assists.

Whitman sophomore Kelly Peterson just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. Madden chipped in with nine points and four rebounds.

Lewis & Clark had its troubles at the free throw, converting just 14 of 24 chances. Whitman was five of seven from the line.

The Pioneers led by two points at intermission but then opened the second stanza on a 10-0 run to lead 45-33 with 17 minutes still left to play. Whitman's deficit ballooned to 14 points before the home team rallied down the stretch.

Kelly Peterson

To start the game, the two sides traded small leads over the first few minutes with Whitman moving in front 10-8 on Sexton's layup with 14:40 remaining.

Lewis & Clark took control over the next three minutes with a 10-2 run that included five points apiece from Williams and Spence. After Whitman closed to 18-16 on a Madden bucket, the Pioneers surged again for a 28-18 lead with 7:26 left in the half.

With Forge scoring twice, once from the 3-point stripe, Whitman rallied and edged ahead 30-29 when Webber drove through the lane for a bucket with two minutes left on the clock.

Kelly Peterson's free throw knotted the game at 33-all, but Sara Villanueava's jumper with 25 seconds left sent the Pioneers to intermission with a 35-33 cushion.

Lewis & Clark dominated the backboards in the first half, grabbing eight offensive rebounds en route to a 21-10 advantage on the glass. Whitman stayed close by forcing nine Pioneer turnovers.

Whitman stays at home Saturday to host Linfield at 6 p.m. in Sherwood Center. Lewis & Clark is in 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