Host 'Yotes have too much firepower for Whits

Nicole Gall's all-around game leads College of Idaho to a 66-48 victory in women's basketball tourney play Friday.

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CALDWELL, Idaho — A monster game by Nicole Gall — 22 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and seven steals — carried College of Idaho to a 66-48 victory over Whitman College here Friday night in the opening round of the Lady Yote Classic women’s basketball tournament.


College of Idaho, the preseason favorite to win the Cascade Collegiate Conference, raised its early season to 3-2 while dropping Whitman to 1-2.


The Lady Yotes, after rolling to a 29-5 record a year ago, are ranked No. 12 nationally in the NAIA Division II preseason poll.


Michelle Krall, a four-year starter who missed Whitman’s first two games because of injury, came off the bench to nail two 3-pointers and score 11 points in just 14 minutes. Rebecca Sexton added 10 points and five rebounds for the Missionaries.


The Lady Yotes raced to a 9-2 lead in the first six-plus minutes of the opening half, but Krall hit a 3-pointer and added a layin to rally Whitman.

Sexton converted three of four free throws to give the Missionaries a 14-13 lead with 7:09 left before intermission.


After College of Idaho jumped back in front 21-16, Mary Madden and Anna Forge scored inside to trim the home team’s advantage to a single point with 3:38 left in the half. The Lady Yotes regained command with an 11-3 run to lead 32-23 at the break.


A Jenele Peterson layin early in the second half sliced the Missionary deficit to seven points, but it was all College of Idaho after that. The Lady Yotes outpointed Whitman 16-2 over the next six minutes to extend their lead to 21 at 48-27.


Peterson’s basket with 7:38 remaining got Whitman back to within 16 points, but that was as close as the Missionaries would come.


Whitman shot just 28.8 percent from the floor for the game and turned the ball over 27 times. College of Idaho’s numbers were only somewhat better (24 turnovers, 37.2-percent shooting), but the Lady Yotes also won the rebound battle 52-43.


Anna Forge and first-year guard Kelly Peterson had six rebounds apiece for Whitman, and Peterson added six points.


Whitman continued tournament play here Saturdat against Eastern Oregon University, which dropped a 67-48 decision to Puget Sound earlier Friday.

WHITMAN (48) — Mello 0-3 0-0 0, J. Peterson 2-11 0-0 4, White 1-9 1-2 4, Forge 1-9 1-2 3, Sexton 3-4 4-7 10, Vaculik 2-2 0-0 4, Gilbert 0-0 0-0 0, Madden 2-6 0-0 4, K. Peterson 2-4 2-5 6, Brice 0-3 2-6 2, Krall 4-6 1-2 11, Keyes 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-59 11-24 48.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO (66) — Isham 1-1 0-0 3, Strunk 1-5 0-0 2, Rubie 0-6 0-0 0, Gall 8-21 2-4 22, Bruce 7-15 5-7 19, Shannon 2-3 2-4 6, Brewer 0-0 0-0 0, Gilliam-Hicks 4-7 0-2 8, Hughes 1-4 2-2 4, Rickman 0-2 0-0 0, Babij 0-1 0-0 0, Beus 0-0 0-0 0, Hansen 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-67 11-19 66.
Halftime — C of I 32, Whitman 23. 3-point goals — Whitman 11-24 (Mello 0-2, J. Peterson 0-2, White 1-4, K. Peterson 0-2, Brice 0-1, Krall 2-2, Keyes 0-1), C of I 5-18 (Isham 1-1, Strunk 0-2, Gall 4-13, Gilliam-Hicks 0-1, Babij 0-1). Total fouls — C of I 20, Whitman 17. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — Whitman (Forge). Rebounds — C of I 52 (Strunk 12), Whitman 43 (Forge 6, K. Peterson 6). Turnovers — Whitman 27, C of I 24. Assists — Whitman 11 (White 3, Brice 3), C of I 18 (Gall 8).

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