Second-Half Spurt Lifts LCSC Over Whits

News Release Date:
Saturday, November 21

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- A 13-0 spurt early in the second half was the difference as Lewis-Clark State outpointed the Whitman College women 74-64 in Saturday's final game of the third annual Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic in Sherwood Center.  

The host Missionaries opened the second half on an 8-2 run to pull within 40-37 with more than 18 minutes left to play. That's when the Warriors ripped off 13 unanswered points over the next five minutes to take a commanding lead.

Whitman drew no closer than nine points the rest of the way.

With Alyssa Fierro, Kirsi Voshell and Jasmine Stohr combining for 43 points, Lewis-Clark State extended its season record to 6-1. The Warriors began the weekend with a No. 16 national ranking in NAIA Division I.

The NCAA Division III Missionaries ended their first weekend of competition with a 1-1 record.

Hilary White, a Whitman senior, just a missed a double-double with a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds. She hit five of 10 3-point attempts.

Rebecca Sexton added 12 points and Jenele Peterson had nine for the Missionaries. Anna Forge chipped in with seven points and four boards.

Whitman held a handful of small leads to start the game. White's baseline drive at the 14:40 mark gave the Missionaries their last advantage at 11-10.

Up 16-15, Lewis-Clark State reeled off seven straight points to take control at 23-15 with just under 10 minutes left in the half. Whitman pulled to within 25-21 on a Kelly Peterson bucket, and White hit a 3-pointer at the 4:36 mark to keep the Missionaries close at 32-26.

The Warriors used four free throws and a Nikki Peel basket to lead 38-29 at the half.

Earlier in the day, Whitworth rallied for a 67-61 victory over Macalester in the tournament's other second-round game.

Lewis-Clark State's Jasmine Stohr, who had 19 points Friday against Whitworth, was named the tournament MVP. One of her teammates, Alyssa Fierro, also was named to the all-tourney team along with Whitman's Hilary White and Jenele Peterson.

Whitworth's Cassie Pilkinton and Macalester's Trina PaStarr rounded out the all-tournament squad.

The tournament honors the memory of Kim Evanger Raney, a graduate of Issaquah (Wash.) High School who played basketball at Whitman, graduating in 2002 with a degree in psychology. She died in March of 2007 in cycling accident.

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