First-Half Run Lifts LC Over Whit Women

News Release Date:
Saturday, January 2

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Lewis & Clark used an 18-4 run to build a 10-point halftime lead and then held the Whitman College women at bay over the final 20 minutes for a 53-38 basketball victory Saturday afternoon in Portland, Ore.

The game was the Northwest Conference opener for both teams. The Pioneers improved to 7-3 on the season while injury-riddled Whitman slipped to 5-5.

Lewis & Clark jumped in front 3-0 to start the contest, but senior Hilary White got the Missionaries moving when she picked off a steal at the defensive end and raced the length of the court for a layin.

Michelle Krall

After first-year guard Kelly Peterson evened the game at 3-3 by making one of two free throws, White hit a jumper and junior post Rebecca Sexton completed a three-point play in the paint for an 8-7 Whitman lead at the 14:33 mark of the first half.

But the Pioneers responded with runs of 7-0 and 18-4 to seize a 25-12 lead. Peterson nailed a three-pointer and senior Michelle Krall followed with a two-point basket to help the Missionaries close the gap to 27-17 at the break.

Whitman drew within eight points early in the second half as Krall tallied the first six Missionary points. But with Lewis & Clark dominating the backboards and Whitman struggling with its shooting touch, the Pioneers worked their way to 42-26 lead by the midpoint of the second half.

Whitman, which shot just 29.8 percent from the floor for the game, was unable to mount a serious challenge over the final 10 minutes.

Lewis & Clark had its own shooting troubles in the second half, making just eight of 27 shots from the floor (29.6 percent). But the Pioneers also grabbed 21 offensive rebounds and outboarded Whitman 44-29 for the game.

With 10 points, Krall was the only Missionary scoring in double figures. She also grabbed five rebounds and two steals. Sexton added six points and five rebounds, and senior Dawna Mello came off the bench for five points.

Christina Herring with 10 points was the only Lewis-Clark player in double digits. She also handed out 10 assists. The Pioneers also got nine points and seven rebounds from Margaret Dowling and eight points and nine boards from Kristina Williams.

Whitman stays in western Oregon to play Willamette at 1 p.m. Sunday in Willamette. Lewis & Clark stays at home to host Whitworth at the same time on Sunday.

Box Score

- 30 - 

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