Women Outscore Trinity Western 61-54
News Release Date:
Wednesday, December 30
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Senior Hilary White scored a game-high 18 points and snared eight rebounds to lead Whitman College to a 61-54 exhibition basketball victory over British Columbia's Trinity Western University Wednesday night in Sherwood Center.
Whitman also got 11 points, four assists and three rebounds from first-year forward Mary Madden. Sophomore Jennifer Keyes came off the bench to drill a trio of 3-pointers good for nine points.
Trinity Western raced away to early leads of 6-0 and 9-2 before Keyes hit a pair of 3-pointers to the Missionary offense untracked.
Senior Dawna Mello hit a jumper to give Whitman its first lead of the night at 14-13 with 12:53 left in the first half. The Spartans regained a 21-18 lead with eight minutes left but then failed to score again for the rest of the half. Whitman led 24-21 at the break.
The game stayed close throughout the second stanza. Whitman led by as many as four points and Trinity Western by as many as two before the two sides deadlocked a final time at 36-36 with just under 10 minutes left to play.
After the Spartans took their last lead of the night on Joanna Balin's jumper, Keyes and White made 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to put the Missionaries back in front for good.
Whitman stretched its lead to 51-43 with 4:40 remaining, but Trinity Western three times closed the gap to three points before the Missionaries pulled away in the final minute.
Because the game was an exhibition, the results do not count as part of Whitman's NCAA statistical record.
Lauren Doubroff led Trinity Western with 17 points and eight rebounds. Amanda Knauff added 14 points.
The Spartans compete as part of the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; email@example.com