Lewis & Clark Snaps Whitman Women's Perfect Home Record 61 - 52
News Release Date:
Saturday, February 2
Walla Walla, Wash. – The No. 7 ranked Lewis & Clark Pioneers got 17 points and 6 assists from Sara Villanueva and 16 points and 4 rebounds from fellow guard Kristina Williams in ending the Missionaries perfect home record with a 61 – 52 win at the Sherwood Athletic Center tonight. Whitman had won all seven games at George Ball Court this season before tonight.
Heather Johns, So.
With the victory, the Pioneers improve to 10 – 2 in the NWC and 19 – 2 overall, remaining in a tie for first with George Fox. Whitman falls into a tie for third place with Whitworth at 9 – 3, and 16 – 4 for the year. For complete NWC standings click Standings.
The Missionaries took control early, jumping out to a 16 – 8 lead when sophomore point-guard Heather Johns (W. Richland, WA) followed up a miss with eight minutes played. The Pioneers, who had struggled to find the basket, then went on a 14 – 3 run, capped by a Villanueva trey that gave L & C a 22 – 19 advantage with 7:51 remaining in the half.
Mary Madden, Sr.
Whitman regained the lead on a John’s layup but the Pioneers scored six-in-a-row, the last deuce coming on a Williams break-away hoop, and took a 28 – 25 lead into halftime.
L & C scored the first five points of the second half to increase its lead to eight. Whitman cut the lead to three a few minutes later when post Sarah Anderegg (Jr, Redmond, WA) sank a pair of free-throws, but the Pioneers pushed their lead to double-digits for the first time, 44 – 34, on a Reese DeHart layup with just under ten minutes left to play.
Whitman made one last threat when it cut the lead to one, 50– 49, on a short jumper by post Meghan White (Jr, Huntington Beach, CA) with 3:57 showing on the clock. But Villanueva countered with a three-ball from the wing. The senior guard from Sun Valley, CA would, then, close out the game by sinking six-straight foul shots. She was 9-of-10 for the game.
Johns tallied 14 for the Whits and grabbed 7 rebounds; guard Tiffany Traver (Jr, Oregon City, OR) also poured in 14 and senior Mary Madden (Huntington Beach, CA) added 11 points and 7 boards.
The Pioneers decisively won the rebounding edge 47 – 33, gathering 26 on the offensive end. Junior guard Kathleen Howe had a game-high 8.
L & C also had a huge edge at the free-throw line, visiting it 28 times and converting sixteen for 60 %. Anderegg was the only Missionary to go to the line, making 4-of-4.
Whitman hosts Whitworth Tuesday night (6 pm tip-off) before playing its final regular season home game Friday against George Fox.
Whitman Sports Information Director