Forge, Brice Power Whit Women Past P-P

News Release Date:
Friday, December 4

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Big nights from juniors Anna Forge and Jessica Brice sparked Whitman College to an 80-41 non-conference victory over Pomona-Pitzer Friday night in Claremont, Calif.

Anna Forge

Making eight of 11 shots from the floor, Forge combined 16 points with 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Brice nailed four of five 3-point attempts in piecing together a 14-point, five-rebound night.

Jessica Brice

Whitman, now 2-3 on the season, also got 10 points, four assists and three rebounds from first-year guard Kelly Peterson, who made five of her six shots from the floor.

Lara Stinson-Hughes pocketed a game-high 17 points to pace Pomona-Pitzer, which saw its record slip to 1-4.

The Sagehens made just four of 24 field goal attempts in the first half as the Missionaries raced away to a 37-15 lead the break.

Ahead 12-7 eight minutes into the game, Whitman staggered Pomona-Pitzer with a 16-0 run over the next six minutes to push its advantage to 28-7. The spurt included two 3-pointers Brice, who was assisted in both cases by sophomore Jennifer Keyes.

Whitman kept up the pressure in the second half, making 19 of 30 shots (63.3 percent) from the floor over the final 20 minutes. Those post-intermission numbers included a five-of-nine showing from the 3-point line.

With Forge scoring 14 of her 16 points after the break, Whitman pushed its lead past the 30-point mark and kept it there for most of the second stanza. The Missionaries took their largest lead of the night at 41 points, 74-33, when first-year forward Mary Madden hit a jumper with 3:07 left to play. 

Kelly Peterson

Senior Hilary White finished with nine points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Senior Michelle Krall, continuing her rehab from injury, chipped in with nine points (four of five from the floor), three assists and two steals in 18 minutes off the bench.

Madden contributed eight points and seven boards. All 10 Missionaries who played managed to dent the scoring and rebounding columns, and all but two had at least one assist.

As a team, Whitman took 17 more shots than the Sagehens and finished with a 52.9 percent shooting percentage. Pomona-Pitzer shot just 25.5 percent on the night.

The Missionaries also outrebounded their hosts 50-23.

Whitman concludes its two-game swing through California on Saturday with a 5 p.m. game at the University of La Verne.

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