Women's Basketball Tames Wolves
News Release Date:
Tuesday, December 4
Walla Walla, Wash. – Junior forward Sarah Anderegg (Redmond, WA) scored a season-high 17 points and the Lady Whitties forced 36 turnovers as they routed Walla Walla University on the road, 92 – 30, improving their early season record to 6 – 1. The turnover total was a team season-best, as was the point total, which topped the previous output of 85 in the win over Colorado College.
Marah Alindogan, Jr.
The 6 - 2 Anderegg did most of her damage in the first half, scoring all but 2 of her 17 in the first stanza, predominantly on layups as she was the beneficiary of teammates’ and her own steals. Whitman swiped the ball from the Lady Wolves 14 times in the first half as they led at intermission 56 to 9. For the game, the Lady Missionaries had 19 steals, junior guard Marah Alindogan (Everett, WA) being the chief culprit with 4.
Head Coach Michelle Ferenz on the first half defensive effort: “I thought we played amazing defense in the first half. Walla Walla is a much improved team and we just took them out of things and from there, we just set a tone.”
With many baskets coming from breakaway layups, the Lady Whitties shot an impressive 55 % in the first half. When they were not laying it in on fast breaks, they were getting good looks from their half-court offense. It was the second straight game where Missionaries looked crisp in finding the open shooter and converting.
“The kids are looking for each other”, said Ferenz. “They are starting to learn how to play together. It took a while . . . a lot of new faces but they’re doing a nice job of being unselfish.”
Once again, it was a team effort as 6 Missionaries tallied double figures. In addition to Anderegg’s season-best, Hallie Buse (So, Boise, ID) also had her best scoring night of the year with 14, Heather Lovelace (McKinleyville CA) tossed in 11, and Mary Madden (Sr, Huntington Bch, CA), Heather Johns (So, W. Richland, WA) and Meghan White (Jr, Huntington Bch, CA) all added 10.
Hallie Buse, So.
Whtiman took a 3 – 0 lead in the opening minute on a John’s trey from the left wing and was never headed. Leading 15 to 8 less than 4 minutes into the half, the Lady Missionaries outscored WWU 41 to 1 before intermission. In the Second twenty-minutes, Whitman lead by as many as 69 but the Lady Wolves never wavered and hit four straight three-pointers in the final minutes to reach the 30-point mark.
Whitman is back in action on Friday night as they host Puget Sound in a Northwest Conference battle. The Missionaries are 1 and 0 in conference. The game will be the Loggers conference opener. Tip-off is at 6 pm at George Ball Court, the Sherwood Athletic Center.