Boxers Squeak Past Whits in Last Seconds

News Release Date:
Saturday, January 9

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Mallory Goldhammer's whirling layup with five seconds left lifted Pacific University to a wild 71-70 Northwest Conference victory over Whitman College Saturday night on George Ball Court in Sherwood Center.

Goldhammer's heroics negated a three-point play in the paint by senior Michelle Krall, which had given Whitman a 70-69 lead with 13 seconds left.

Michelle Krall

After the Boxers regained their final lead, Whitman first-year guard Kelly Peterson dribbled the length of the court, split two defenders at the hoop and left a layup just short at the buzzer.

The thrilling final seconds left Pacific with a 2-2 mark in the NWC and 5-6 record overall. Whitman slid to 1-3 and 6-7.

Pacific's Rochelle Reeves-Howe made eight of 21 shots from the floor and led all scorers with 23 points. Julianne Erbe added 20 points, ten rebounds, four assists and four steals. Erica Shultz gave the Boxers 12 points.

Krall paced a balanced Whitman attack with 17 points and four assists. Peterson and senior Hilary White both finished with 15 points and four assists. Junior post Rebecca Sexton was good for 12 points, eight boards and two blocked shots before fouling out late in the game.

Up by two points at halftime, Pacific worked its way to a 51-40 lead over the first seven minutes of the second half. Whitman fought back with a 17-4 spurt to regain a 57-55 lead with seven minutes left on the clock.

Kelly Peterson

Whitman stayed in front until the Boxers eased ahead 64-63 with 90 seconds left. The lead changed hands four more times down the stretch before the final Missionary shot fell just a little short. 

The first half was a back-and-forth affair that featured a dozen lead changes. Whitman twice led by five points, the second time at 23-18 with about eight minutes left. Pacific reeled off the next eight points and eased in front 30-26, its largest lead of the half, with just under four minutes remaining.

Krall and White responded with back-to-back 3-pointers to give Whitman a 32-30 edge, but Rochelle Reeves-Howe answered back with a pair of buckets to give the Boxers a two-point halftime lead.

Whitman plays its next three NWC games on the road, starting next Friday and Saturday at Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound in the Tacoma, Wash., area.

Pacific plays at Linfield next Friday and then hosts Lewis & Clark on Saturday.

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