Bruins Bite Whit BB Women, Stay in First
News Release Date:
Friday, February 11
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- George Fox retained a share of first place in the Northwest Conference women's basketball standings and continued its recent mastery of Whitman College with a 61-45 victory over the Missionaries Friday night in Sherwood Center.
The Bruins, now 17-5 on the season and 11-2 in the NWC, have won their last 11 meetings with Whitman.
Whitman, falling to 12-10 and 6-7, slipped into fifth place in the conference standings, one game back of Whitworth, which turned back an upset bid from Willamette tonight in Spokane.
Whitman hosts Willamette Saturday night while George Fox plays Whitworth in Spokane. Both of those games start at 6 p.m.
With three games left in the regular season, Whitman and Whitworth are the two teams battling for the NWC's fourth and final playoff spot.
Down by nine points after a low-scoring first half, Whitman opened the second stanza on a 15-9 run to pull within 33-30 with a full 12 minutes left to play.
First-year guard Tiffani Brewer sparked the Missionary rally with a 3-pointer.
Junior Jenele Peterson followed with an outside jumper, added another three and then hit first-year forward Sarah Anderegg with a long pass on a Whitman fastbreak. Anderegg made the layin and swished the free throw after drawing the foul.
But Hannah Munger answered for George Fox with a three-point play in the paint -- her first points of the game -- and Keisha Gordon drilled four free throws as the Bruins started to pull away.
Leading 48-37 with six minutes left, George Fox then uncorked a 9-0 spurt to break the game open.
Gordon, who made all 10 of her free throws, paced the visitors with a game-high 16 points. Munger finished with 14 points and matched Gordon with six rebounds.
Peterson led Whitman with 11 points while senior Rebecca Sexton added eight points and the 100th blocked shot of her career. Brewer chipped in with seven points and four rebounds.
George Fox shot 41.9 percent from the floor and made 20 of 27 free throws. They also outrebounded the Missionaries 38-29.
Whitman struggled with its shooting for most of the night, finishing with a 26.7 percent field goal percentage. The Missionaries failed to capitalize at the free throw line, making just 19 of 31 chances.
After both offenses sputtered through the first 12 minutes of the game, George Fox clicked off nine straight points over a two-minute span to seize a 21-10 lead with just under five minutes left in the opening half.
The Bruins led 24-15 at the break, thanks in large part to the Missionaries making just five of 25 shots from the floor and five of 12 free throws.
Whitman used its defense to stay somewhat close, forcing 11 George Fox turnovers in the first half. Munger, a 6-foot-5 sophomore center who averages nearly 16 points a game, committed five of those Bruin turnovers while failing to score a point.
George Fox was a 64-57 winner last month in this season's first meeting between the two schools.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org