Missionaries run away and hide from Wolves

Both the Missionary and Wolves women's teams face injury issues in Whitman's victory.

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Walla Walla University's Heather McFadden (No. 13) and Whitman's Hilary White tangle for the ball early in the third quarter Tuesday night. The Missionaries won the game between two teams beleaguered by injuries.

COLLEGE PLACE — A pair of teams with injury issues limped into a women’s collegiate basketball matchup here Tuesday night.


Both Whitman and Walla Walla University had significant adversity to overcome.


The Missionaries were without guards Dawna Mello (cartilage damage), Jenele Peterson (torn ACL), and Jennifer Keyes (ankle), and forward Michelle Krall (knee).


In spite of that, Whitman built an early 10-0 lead, a 34-point bulge — 47-13 — by halftime, and went on to record a 76-28 victory.


"We played a lot of kids," Whitman coach Michelle Ferenz said. "We only had eight healthy kids. Both teams played hard.


"There are a lot of things you can’t control in life and one of them is injuries," Ferenz said.


A quartet of Missionaries tallied points during the opening surge. Anna Forge ended it with a transition basket at the 17:27 mark.


Walla Walla, which suited up just eight players, got on the board with 16:13 remaining in half one on a pair of Victoria Novielli free throws. Its first basket was a Novielli jumper with 15 minutes left that got the Wolves within six, 10-4.


But the Missionaries would used 14-5 and 20-0 spurts to blow the game open. In the latter run, guard Hillary White scored 13 of her game-high 21 points on a trio of lay-ins, a 3-point field goal, and four charity tosses.


Whitman continued to build on its advantage in the second half and claimed its biggest margin, 53 points, on a Mary Madden jumper with 1:55 to go that brought the score to 76-23.


The Wolves picked up the final five points of the game on a 3 by Heather McFadden with 1:36 on the clock and a Megan Moore follow just eight seconds before the final buzzer sounded.


"I give our gals credit," WWU coach Bill Clancy said. "In the last three minutes, they played like they didn’t realize what the score was. They were able to hang in there and persevere."


Madden added 13 points for Whitman and Kirsten Vaculik chipped in with 12.


Novielli collected 13 points to lead the Wolves.


Both teams will take the court Saturday night. Whitman hosts Eastern Oregon at 5:30 while WWU travels to Spokane to face Whitworth.


WHITMAN (76) — Brice 2-10 1-2 7, Peterson 1-5 4-6 6, White 8-16 4-6 21, Forge 4-5 0-0 8, Sexton 3-8 1-2 7, Vaculik 6-7 0-0 12, Gilbert 1-3 0-0 2, Madden 5-8 3-5 13. Totals 30-62 13-21 76.
WWU (28) — Pusher 0-6 1-2 1, Novielli 4-11 4-4 13, Moore 3-10 0-0 6, McFadden 2-10 1-4 6, Wilson 0-4 0-0 0, Sims 0-1 0-0 0, Kelsey 0-1 0-0 0, Mensink 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 9-44 8-12 28.
Halftime score — Whitman 47, WWU 13. 3-point goals — Whitman 3-15 (Brice 2-8, White 1-4, Peterson 0-1, Gilbert 0-2), WWU 2-10 (McFadden 1-1, Novielli 1-3, Moore 0-1, Wilson 0-1, Pusher 0-4). Total fouls—Whitman 9, WWU 15. Fouled out—none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds—Whitman 49 (White 9), WWU 30 (Moore 9). Turnovers—Whitman 15, WWU 30. Assists—Whitman 23 (Brice 10), WWU 5 (McFadden 3).

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