Whit Women Drop OT Decision to Loggers

News Release Date:
Saturday, February 5

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- One night after winning a double-overtime thriller against Pacific Lutheran, the Whitman College women's basketball team wasn't as fortunate against Puget Sound Saturday night, falling 81-78 in overtime to the Loggers in Tacoma, Wash.

  Puget Sound 81,
Whitman 78

  Box Score

The loss, the latest in a string of narrow setbacks at the hands of Puget Sound, leaves Whitman with records of 6-6 in the Northwest Conference and 12-9 overall.

Jenele Peterson

The Missionaries retain a share of fourth place in the conference standings, however, because Whitworth dropped a one-point decision tonight at Pacific Lutheran.

Puget Sound, which nipped Whitman 60-58 early last month in Walla Walla, improved to 10-2 in the NWC, good enough for a three-way tie for first place with Lewis & Clark and George Fox.

Whitman, which overcame an early deficit to lead 32-30 at intermission, slipped behind again in the second half and found itself trailing 61-49 with 4:36 left in regulation.

Kelly Peterson

But first-year guard Tiffani Brewer hit two free throws and sophomore Kelly Peterson followed with a 3-pointer to spark a Missionary rally.

Junior Jenele Peterson took over at that point, completing a three-point play in the paint, adding a layup and then nailing a 3-pointer with 43 seconds remaining to knot the game at 62-62.

After the Loggers missed a layup and two free throws, Whitman failed to connect on a three-point try at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.

Puget Sound scored the first five points of the five-minute overtime and led throughout.

Jenele Peterson twice cut Whitman's deficit to two points in the closing moments, once with two free throws and again with a layup with nine seconds left on the clock.

Taylor Jones made two free throws for the Loggers with eight seconds remaining, but Brewer hit a 3-pointer to pull the Missionaries within a point at 79-78 with three seconds left.

Puget Sound's Jocelyn Riordan, who led all scorers with 32 points, added two more charity tosses with one second left to complete the scoring.

Jenele Peterson paced Whitman with 23 points and four assists. She made eight of 13 shots from the floor, including both of her 3-point attempts. She also made all five of her free throws.

Tiffani Brewer

Kelly Peterson was six of 11 from the floor, including three of five from 3-point, in scoring 20 points for the Missionaries. She snared four rebounds and two steals.

Whitman also got nine points from first-year forward Sarah Anderegg, eight points and eight rebounds from senior center Rebecca Sexton, and eight points and five boards from Brewer.

First-year guard Emilie Gilbert added six assists and four rebounds while junior Anna Forge grabbed six boards.

Puget Sound scored the game's first eight points to take the early advantage. But with the Loggers up 10-1 at the 16:25 mark, Whitman reeled off 16 unanswered points to lead 17-10 with 11:30 left in the half.

Kelly Peterson fueled the run with 10 points.

Whitman returns home to play its next three NWC games, starting with 6 p.m. games next Friday and Saturday against George Fox and Willamette.

The Missionaries then host Whitworth on Tuesday, Feb. 15, before finishing the regular season at Pacific on Friday, Feb. 18.

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