BB Women Reclaim 4th Place With Big Win
News Release Date:
Saturday, February 12
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College women's basketball team moved back into a tie for the fourth and final Northwest Conference playoff berth with an 83-65 victory over Willamette Saturday night in Sherwood Center.
Whitman, now 13-10 on the season, squared its NWC mark at 7-7, moving into a three-way tie for fourth place with Whitworth and Linfield.
Whitman hosts Whitworth at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a game that will have a large bearing on the final playoff spot. The Missionaries then conclude their regular season slate next Friday at Pacific.
Willamette, which ended the weekend with records of 3-18 and 2-12, plays at Pacific Lutheran next Friday and then ends its season Saturday with a home game against Lewis & Clark.
Led by junior Jenele Peterson, who tallied 15 points and snared seven rebounds, Whitman overwhelmed Willamette with a balanced attack that saw all 12 players dent the scoring column.
Junior Anna Forge and sophomore Kelly Peterson added 12 and 11 points, respectively, and both players grabbed seven rebounds.
Whitman also got nine points from first-year forward Sarah Anderegg and eight points apiece from senior Rebecca Sexton and junior Jennifer Keyes.
Sexton, honored after the game as Whitman's lone senior, also blocked three shots, boosting her career-total to 103, while Keyes added to Whitman's rebounding dominance with six boards.
The Missionaries, who outrebounded the Bearcats by a whopping 58-34 margin, shot 42.9 percent from the floor and drilled 24 of 27 free throws.
Meghan White, a first-year center, led all rebounders with 12. Tiffani Brewer, another of Whitman's first-year players, chipped in with seven points and three assists.
Erin Barclay paced Willamette with 14 points and five rebounds. Kaileigh Westermann gave the Bearcats 11 points and eight rebounds. Shayna Glynn also scored 11 points.
Whitman wasted no time jumping all over Willamette to start the game. The Missionaried led 25-8 with less than eight minutes left in the half and maintained all but one point of that bulge until intermission, taking a 40-24 cushion into the lockerroom.
The first-half Missionary scoring splurge was quite the contrast from the night before, when Whitman made five of 12 free throws and scored 15 points in the first half. Against Willamette, Whitman knocked down 12 of 13 free throws over the first 20 minutes.
Down by 16 at halftime, Willamette stayed in the game, closing to within 61-52 with seven-plus minutes left to play. But Whitman answered with four straight buckets, two of them by Jenele Peterson, to put the game away.
Whitman has won last eight meetings between the two schools, including a 74-71 victory last month in Salem.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org