Women's Basketball Invades PLU and UPS This Friday & Saturday

News Release Date:
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Walla Walla, WA – The Women’s Basketball team takes to the road for the final time this regular season as they travel to Pacific Lutheran tomorrow night and Puget Sound Saturday. Entering the two game set, the Missionaries are just one game out of first place at 6 – 2, trailing co-leaders George Fox and Lewis & Clark who sit at 7 – 1, and play each other tomorrow. For full NWC standings click Standings.

Coming into the weekend, PLU is 3 – 5 in conference and 6 – 9 overall. UPS is 3 – 5 and 10 – 7.

In their first conference game of the season, the Missionaries beat the Lutes by twenty 71 – 51 at George Ball Court. Guard Heather Johns (So, W. Richland, WA), post Sarah Anderegg (Jr, Redmond, WA) and post Meghan White (Jr, Huntington Beach, CA) each had 12 points as the Whits shot 58% in the first half.

Heather Johns, So.

The last time the Missionaries visited Tacoma, they bested the Lutes 64 – 48, thanks in part to senior point-guard Jenele Peterson’s 15 points and career-high 9 assists. Whitman has won its last 6 meetings against PLU.

Post Samantha Potter is PLU’s leading scorer (12.2 ppg), and is second in conference rebounding (9.3 rpg).

Puget Sound is looking to bounce back. Entering the weekend, the Loggers have dropped three-in-a-row to Lewis & Clark, George Fox and Pacific. They play Whitworth tomorrow night before hosting the Whits on Saturday.

Logger Kelsey McKinnis averages 15.2 points per game, ranking her second in conference scoring with Whitman’s Anderegg. McKinnis leads a healthy three-point attack, shooting 41 % from three-point land – third best in the NWC. Logger Olivia Roberts is second at 42.1 %.

While Whitman does not possess the long range prowess of Puget Sound, the Missionaries own one of the most solid offenses in the conference with a NWC leading 44.2 FG %. Individually, Anderegg ranks first in the conference (57.9 fgp) and White second (52.7 fgp).

Back on December 7, the Missionaries got career highs from both Johns and Anderegg, 20 points each, and 16 rebounds from White on their way to a 66 – 52 win.

In last season’s meeting at UPS, the Whits walked away with a 76 – 67 win. Forward Mary Madden (Sr, Huntington Beach, CA) had a game-high 16 points and 6 boards and Peterson surpassed the 1,000 point mark.

Tip-off for the PLU game is 6 pm. The UPS game starts at 4 pm.

Streaming Video: PLU   https://new.livestream.com/accounts/2490723/plusports

                                   UPS   http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/ups.portal#

Live Stats: PLU  http://www.golutes.com/fanzone/livestats

                    UPS   http://www2.pugetsound.edu/athletics/live/basketball/xlive.htm


Andrew Holt

Whitman Sports Information Director