Ranked Warriors Whack Wounded Whits

News Release Date:
Friday, December 18

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Lewis-Clark State, ranked No. 11 nationally in NAIA Division I, outrebounded the Whitman College women by a wide margin and posted an 84-61 non-conference basketball victory Friday night in Lewiston, Idaho.

With four players scoring in double figures, the Warriors won their fifth straight game and ran their season record to 12-2.

The loss snapped Whitman's four-game winning streak and dropped the Missionaries to 5-4 on the season.

Rebecca Sexton

Rebecca Sexton, a 6-foot-3 junior center, made seven of eight shots from the floor and led Whitman in scoring with 14 points in just 22 minutes on the floor. She was whistled for her fifth and final foul at the 10:24 mark of the second half. 

Kelly Peterson, a first-year guard, added 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Senior Hilary White hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 12 points, three boards and three assists.

Kelly Peterson

Whitman, which has three back-court players sidelined by injury, also got five points and five assists from first-year guard Emilie Gilbert.

Junior Jessica Brice, who made three of six shots from the floor, added seven points to the Missionary attack.

The taller Warriors collected 22 offensive rebounds and outboarded Whitman by a 44-27 margin. The Missionaries also hurt themselves at the free throw line, making just 18 of 30 attempts.

Meanwhile, their hosts converted 22 of 26 free throws in the second half alone to finish the night with a 28 of 34 showing from the charity stripe.

Lewis-Clark State jumped in front 12-0 in the first three minutes of the first half. Nine minutes into the game, Whitman found itself on the short end of a 21-7 score.

White and Gilbert canned 3-pointers, cutting the Missionary deficit to 23-13, but the Warriors slowly pulled away to lead 40-24 at the break.

After Sexton scored inside on Whitman's first possession of the second half, Lewis-Clark State reeled off 12 straight points to push its cushion past the 20-point mark. 

After a break for the holidays, Whitman hosts British Columbia's Trinity Western in an exhibition game on Wednesday, Dec. 30. The Missionaries start Northwest Conference play on Jan. 2-3 with games at Lewis & Clark and Willamette. 

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