Womens Hoops Remains Perfect with Win Over Northwest
News Release Date:
Saturday, November 24
Walla Walla, WA – The Whitman Women’s Basketball team has yet to taste defeat in the early 2012 - 13 season. The Lady Missionaries held off a pesky Northwest University team in their home opener this evening, 66 to 53, to improve their record to 3 – 0.
|Heather Lovelace, So.|
After a very competitive first half that saw six lead changes and eight ties, Whitman led the entire second half, although the outcome remained in doubt until 6-foot post Heather Lovelace (So., McKinleyville, CA) rolled in a soft baby hook with 2:29 left to put the nail in the coffin. The basket on an in-bounds play in the front court, made the score Whitman 64 Northwest 53, and ended the competitive phase of the contest.
Lovelace played a solid game, sharing top scoring honors with fellow post player Sarah Anderegg (Jr., Redmond, WA) – Lovelace sinking a steady diet of close range runners and hook shots. Anderegg found most of her points in transition as Tiffani Traver (Jr., Oregon City, OR) handed out a team-high 8 assists, many times starting her own fast breaks as she grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds from her guard spot.
Whitman staked itself to a 12-point advantage less than three minutes into the second half on a Heather Johns (So., W. Richland, WA) layup. The Eagles cut the lead to six at the 12:48 mark when guard Sandy Molovic drove in for a layup. But that was as close as Northwest would get in the second stanza as the Missionaries went on a 12 to 7 run, punctuated by Lovelace’s dagger-in-the-heart hook. Anderegg added a layup a minute later to finish the scoring as Whitman’s defense held the Eagles to only two field goals over the final 12:48.
For the game, the Missionaries suffocating defense caused Northwest to shoot only 35 – percent from the field and cough up 21 turnovers.
|Tiffani Taver, Jr|
Whitman surrendered only 13.
Meanwhile, Whitman shot a healthy 45 % for the game – a blistering 50 % in the first half.
Northwest was led in scoring by guard Domi Mendezona with 13. Guard Jordan Asher was the Eagles leading rebounder with 7.
The Lady Whits take to the road tomorrow, facing nationally ranked Eastern Oregon University in La Grande for a 3 pm tip-off before starting the conference season this Friday at home against Pacific Lutheran University – a 6 pm start.