Women's Hoops Looks to Stay in the Conference Title Hunt Tuesday Night Against Whitworth

News Release Date:
Monday, February 4, 2013

Walla Walla, Wash. -- The Missionaries play the third game of this pivotal four-game home stand when they face Whitworth Tuesday night at the Sherwood Athletic Center. Tip-off is at 6 pm.

Head Coach Michelle Ferenz

The Whits have split the first pair that pits them against four teams in the top five spots of the standings. The Missionaries defeated Pacific Friday night before succumbing to No. 7 ranked Lewis & Clark Saturday. The first home loss of the season puts the Whits into a third place tie with. none other than, the Pirates – both with 9 - 3 records in the Northwest Conference and both still very much alive for the conference title, only one game behind first place L & C and George Fox.

Whitworth has won six straight, including a one-point home win over L & C Friday night and an overtime victory at the hands of Pacific Saturday, also in Spokane. The Pirates edged Whitman earlier in the season 59 – 56 at Whitworth Fieldhouse, a night that saw the road weary Missionaries shoot only 30 % from the field (15 – 50). The Pirates shot only 27 % but managed to grind out the victory.

The Pirates like to gun from outside, sporting the first and fourth ranked three-point shooters in conference. Guard’s Kc McConnell and Laura Pincha hit 50 % and 38 % of their threes, respectively. Whitworth is led in scoring by guard Emily Travis who pours in 10 points per game. The Lady Bucs rank second in scoring average (70.7 ppg), the Missionaries third at 67.8 per game.

Whitman’s overall shooting percentage has taken a hit the last two games but the Missionaries still lead the league in field-goal percentage at 43.8 %, and  are still tops in assists at 14.8 per game. On the defensive side, Whitman touts the NWC’s top scoring defense, allowing only 51.6 per contest, while the Pirates rank fifth, giving up 58.6 points.

The Missionaries leading scorer, Sarah Anderegg ’14 (Redmond, WA), who is averaging just under 14 points, scored 18 points in the first meeting back on January 8, making 12 – 18 from the charity stripe. In fact, the game was a free-throw duel: Whitman shot 80% (24 – 30) and Whitworth 75 % (21 – 28). The Whits are looking to prosper at the line again, in great contrast to their last outing against L & C where Whitman only had four attempts from the line, all from Anderegg.

The Tuesday night matchup is the only Women’s NWC game scheduled, so the winner will pick up a half-game on idle Lewis & Clark and George Fox, who visits the Sherwood Center on Friday.

The Missionaries will enter the game 16 – 4 overall, the Pirates 16 – 5.

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Andrew Holt

Whitman Sports Information Director