Women Win Again, Drop La Verne 66-57

News Release Date:
Saturday, December 5

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Squaring its season record at 3-3, the Whitman College women's basketball team completed its quick 2-0 swing through California with a 66-57 non-conference victory at the University of La Verne Saturday evening.

Anna Forge

The Missionary triumph, which dropped La Verne to 4-2 on the season, came less than 24 hours after Whitman crushed Pomona-Pitzer 80-41.

Junior Anna Forge again led the Whitman charge, scoring a team-high 16 points for a second straight night. She made eight of nine shots from the floor, grabbed four rebounds and blocked four shots, and had two steals and two assists.

Senior Hilary White added 12 points for the Missionaries while junior Rebecca Sexton just missed a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds. Whitman also got eight points from senior Michelle Krall and seven points and five rebounds from first-year guard Kelly Peterson.

Despite making just one of eight 3-point attempts, the Missionaries shot 56 percent from the floor for the night. The Leopards shot just 35.3 percent and were outrebounded by the Missionaries by a 33-26 margin.

In a back-and-forth first half, Whitman jumped in front 10-4 in the first four minutes. After La Verne countered with a 22-9 run to lead 26-19 with five minutes left in the half, the Missionaries countered with 13 unanswered points to regain the upper hand at 32-26.

Rebecca Sexton

La Verne's Stephanie Shepard broke the spell with a 3-pointer -- her only basket of the night -- with five seconds left in the half to cut Whitman's lead to 32-29 at the break.

The Leopards pulled even at 36-36 at the 14:45 mark of the second half. With Forge hitting a pair of buckets and Jessica Brice canning a three, Whitman responded with an 11-3 run to seize a 47-39 advantage with 8:31 left to play.

La Verne twice closed to within four points, the second time at 53-49 with 4:31 on the clock. Forge followed with two buckets, White added one of her own and Peterson drilled two free throws to inflate the Missionary cushion to 61-49 with just over a minute left.

Whitman returns home to host Eastern Oregon next Saturday. That games starts at 5:30 p.m. on Sherwood Center's George Ball Court.

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