Bombs Away! Women Win, Hit 14 Threes

News Release Date:
Sunday, January 3

WALLA WALLA,  Wash. -- One day after scoring just 38 points in a loss at Lewis & Clark, the Whitman College women knocked down a school-record 14 3-pointers and squashed Willamette University 75-40 in a Sunday afternoon basketball game in Salem, Ore.

Whitman evened its Northwest Conference record at 1-1 and climbed to 6-5 on the season. Willamette stumbled to 0-2 in conference and 2-9 overall.

Jennifer Keyes

Sophomore Jennifer Keyes, slowed to a crawl by injury to start the season, came off the bench to nail five of seven 3-point shots en route to a game-high 17 points.

Senior Hilary White was four of eight from long range, combining 14 points with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Junior post Rebecca Sexton, making three of four shots from the floor and all six of her free throws, added 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists. 

Hilary White

Emilie Gilbert, a first-year guard, got into the 3-point act, canning two of three attempts from beyond the arc. Senior Michelle Krall, junior Jessica Brice and first-year guard Kelly Peterson added one 3-pointer apiece for the Missionaries, who were 14 of 29 from the 3-point stripe.

The Missionaries floundered a bit at the offensive end to start the game, falling behind 6-2 over the first three minutes. But White canned a pair of 3-pointers and Keyes added a third as Whitman bolted in front for good with an 11-0 burst.

Willamette failed to score for more than seven minutes and never recovered. Peterson's 3-pointer gave the Missionaries a 21-9 lead at the 7:31 mark, and a Keyes trey late in the half made it 32-17 Whitman at the break.

With White hitting another three, Whitman opened the second half on a 16-11 run to stretch its lead to 20 points.

Rebecca Sexton

Ahead 52-34 with six minutes left, the Missionaries reeled off 14 straight points to turn the game into a full-fledged rout. Treys by Brice and White sparked the run, and Keyes capped it with two more long distance strikes.  

After a Willamette basket, Gilbert buried two 3-pointers and Krall's 3-pointer with 16 seconds left finished the scoring. Whitman's final seven buckets came from beyond the 3-point line.

Dawna Mello

Keyes tallied her 17 points in just 17 minutes on the court. Nursing an ankle injury, she had played in just five of Whitman's five nine games, averaging just under seven minutes a game. 

A year ago, Keyes hit eight 3-pointers against Walla Walla University to tie Whitman's single-game record. She finished her rookie campaign by shooting 38.9 percent (44 of 113) from the 3-point line, which ranked her second in the NWC in that statistical category.

Whitman senior Dawna Mello, subbing for injured point guard Jenele Peterson, had six points and four assists against one turnover. The Missionaries also got six points each from its three first-year players -- Gilbert, Kelly Peterson and Mary Madden

Krall chipped in with five points, four rebounds and three assists.

Whitman continues NWC play when it hosts George Fox and Pacific next Friday and Saturday. Both games start at 6 p.m. on George Ball Court in Sherwood Center.

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