Senior Night: Women's BB Honors Three Friday in Sherwood

News Release Date:
Thursday, February 16, 2012

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College seniors Anna Forge, Jenn Keyes and Jenele Peterson will be honored immediately after the conclusion of the Friday night women's basketball game in Sherwood Center.

The game against Willamette, which caps the regular season, starts at 6 p.m.

Jenele Peterson

Apart from the season she lost to a knee injury, fifth-year senior Jenele Peterson has been a model of durability, starting all 100 games in her four healthy seasons.

Peterson, who leads the team in scoring (13.6 ppg), needs 14 points in Friday's game to become only the seventh player in the history of Whitman women's basketball to reach 1,200 career points.

Jenele Peterson

She needs a total of 20 on Friday or in next week's NWC playoffs, to move into seventh place on Whitman's all-time career scoring list, passing 1990 graduate Julie Slocum.

Peterson leads the NWC in assists by a wide margin this season, averaging 4.5 per game, and heads to Friday's game with 334 career assists. She will finish her senior campaign with the second-most career assists in program history, trailing only 2006 graduate Megan Higgins.

Peterson's career numbers also include 211 rebounds, 125 steals and 76 three-point baskets

Peterson, a 5-foot-7 point guard, was named to the All-NWC First Team as a junior, after making the All-NWC Second Team as a sophomore. She earned All-NWC Honorable Mention recognition in her first season at Whitman.

Memorable games for Peterson include this season's two victories over Whitworth, to which she contributed a total of 45 points. She also had 15 points and five rebounds, along with a career-high nine assists, earlier this season in a victory at Pacific Lutheran. 

A year ago, Peterson scored a career-high 26 points in a victory over Puget Sound.

Anna Forge

Forge, a second fifth-year senior who sat out a season with knee injury, has played a total of 92 games at Whitman.

Her career numbers heading into Friday's game include 398 points, 373 rebounds, 96 assists, 73 steals and 67 blocked shots.

Anna Forge

A 5-foot-10 wing with serious hops, Forge has put her leaping skills to good use at the defensive end. She has more than 50 blocked shots over the past two seasons, and almost as many steals.

She is third in the NWC in blocks this season with 27. One of those blocks, which helped finish a big home-floor victory over Puget Sound, saw Forge soar through the air to swat a Logger 3-point attempt up and over the visiting team's bench.

Memorable games for Forge include Whitman's victory earlier this season over Whitworth in Spokane, when she contributed 14 points, nine rebounds, four steals and four assists. 

A year ago, Forge collected a career-high 14 rebounds against Northwest, and she pulled down nine rebounds and had five blocked shots against Carroll College.

Jenn Keyes

Keyes, a 5-foot-7 shooting guard, has battled through various injuries and ailments to play in a total of 89 games in her four seasons.

One of the most deadly 3-point shooters to ever grace the courts at Whitman, Keyes has career numbers that include 549 points -- the lion's share of which has come by way of her 136 3-point baskets.

Jenn Keyes

Her career numbers also include 161 rebounds, 96 assists and 42 steals.

Keyes is seventh in the NWC this season in total 3-point baskets with 35. In head-to-head games against other conference teams this winter, she is shooting 42 percent from the 3-point line, having knocked down 21 of 50 attempts.

In her first season at Whitman -- the one most free of injury -- Keyes connected 44 times from the 3-point arc. She was second in the conference in 3-point accuracy that season while finishing third in 3-pointers per game.

Keyes shot 41.7 percent from the 3-point stripe last season, connecting on a total of 40 three-point strikes.

Her most memorable game came during her first season, when she made eight of 14 three-point shots against Walla Walla University, tying the school record for the most 3-point baskets in one game. She finished that night with 28 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists in just 23 minutes on the floor.

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

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