Whit BB Women Shoot Past PLU 61-49

News Release Date:
Friday, February 13

WALLA WALLA, Wash,. -- With Jenele Peterson and Hilary White scoring 15 points apiece, Whitman College led from start to finish in pinning a 61-49 basketball loss on Pacific Lutheran Friday night in Tacoma, Wash.

Jenele Peterson
Hilary White

Whitman improved to 8-5 in the Northwest Conference, 16-6 overall, and remains tied for third place in the league standings. A victory Saturday night at Puget Sound will pull the Missionaries into a tie with the Loggers for second place.

Friday's loss dropped Pacific Lutheran to 6-7 in the NWC and 12-10 on the season.

White, who hit three of five shots from the 3-point arc, also grabbed six rebounds and five steals. Peterson was five of eight from the floor and handed out a game-high six assists. Michelle Krall, a junior, added 11 points and four boards.

Whitman raced away to leads of 9-2 and 13-4 through the first 10 minutes of the first half. Peterson's layup gave the Missionaries a 19-point cushion, 28-9, with 5:45 left in the half. The Lutes closed the gap to 35-20 by intermission.

Whitman opened the second stanza on a 6-2 mini-run and the host squad was unable to mount a serious charge. A jumper by Dawna Mello provided Whitman with its largest lead of the night at 21 points, 45-24, with 13:11 to play. The Missionaries led 59-39 with five minutes remaining before the Lutes closed out the game on a 10-2 run.

Whitman shot 43.4 percent from the floor for the game. Pacific Lutheran shot just 32.2 percent from the floor and hit just three of 15 3-point attempts. The Lutes also made just eight of 17 free throw attempts while Whitman converted 11 of 13 charity tosses. Emily Voorhies with 11 points was the only player scoring in double digits for the Lutes.

Rebecca Sexton chipped in with seven points and five rebounds for the Missionaries. Jessica Brice and Jennifer Keyes combined for nine points off the Whitman bench.

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