Whit Women Cruise to Victory in Evanger Raney Tourney Finale

News Release Date:
Saturday, December 10


WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With juniors Mary Madden and Kelly Peterson providing the early one-two punch, Whitman College opened the game on a 24-1 scoring spree and ran away with an 85-56 victory in Saturday night's finale of the fifth annual Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic in Sherwood Center.

Whitman 85,
UC-Santa Cruz 56

Box Score

Madden and Peterson, former high school teammates in Huntington Beach, Calif., outscored the Banana Slugs 13-1 over the first four minutes, and senior Jenele Peterson capped the early onslaught with a pull-up jumper at the 12:01 mark.

UC-Santa Cruz misfired on its first 13 field goal attempts but finally claimed its first basket -- nine minutes into the contest -- when Sarah Mackey put back an offensive rebound.

Mackey's bucket momentarily trimmed the Banana Slug deficit to 24-5, but Whitman countered with eight straight points to turn the game into a full-fledged rout.

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Jenele Peterson
makes a steal,
heads to
open court

The first-half Missionary lead ballooned to as many as 34 points (44-10) with just under five minutes left. Whitman was up 49-22 at the break.

Whitman, now 3-5 on the season, had five players score in double digits. The loss dropped the Banana Slugs to 3-7.

In Saturday's early tournament game, Whitworth University rolled over Pennsylvania's Lancaster Bible College 95-49.

Madden, who finished with a career-high 17 points, was named to the all-tournament team.

Jenele Peterson, who added 14 points, six assists and six rebounds, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

                           Mary Madden
                                             Photos by Greg Lehman

Others named to the all-tourney team are Sarah Mackey for UC-Santa Cruz, Lexi Belcher and Emily Guthrie for Whitworth, and Lauren Heliger for Lancaster.

Madden, who made six of nine shots from the floor, also grabbed five rebounds in just 12 minutes on the court. All 14 players on the Missionary roster made it into the game for a second straight night.

Whitman also got 12 points from Sarah Anderegg and 10 points apiece from sophomore Meghan White and Kelly Peterson. White, who just missed a double-double with nine rebounds, also handed out four assists.

With six players snaring five or more rebounds, Whitman dominated the glass by a 52-30 margin. Senior Jenn Keyes got her hands on seven rebounds.

Mackey, who had 27 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots against Whitworth Friday night, finished with eight rebounds, six rebounds and three blocks against Whitman.

Ryane Ortiz came off the Banana Slug bench to pin 19 points on Whitman. She hit five of six attempts from the 3-point line.

Whitman shot an even 50 percent from the floor in the first half and finished at 48.6 percent for the game.

Whitman returns to its home floor next Saturday for a 2 p.m. non-conference game against Portland's Warner Pacific.

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