COLLEGE BASKETBALL - Whitman women open NWC play with win over Linfield

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MCMINNIVILLE, Ore. - The road proved hospitable as the Whitman College women opened their Northwest Conference slate with a 65-55 victory over Linfield here Friday night.

Whitman, improving to 4-1 on the season, 1-0 in NWC play, got a team-high 17 points from junior guard Jenele Peterson, who made three of her four 3-point tries and all six of her free throws.

First-year forward Sarah Anderegg came off the Missionary bench for 11 points and five rebounds in just 15 minutes on the hardwood.

Kelly Peterson and Anna Forge added to a balanced Whitman attack with nine and eight points, respectively. Rebecca Sexton added six points and six rebounds while Mary Madden also chipped in with six points.

Whitman, which led 31-28 at halftime, outrebounded the Wildcats 36-32. The Missionaries shot 44.2 percent from the floor and knocked down 14 of 18 free throws (77.8 percent).

Linfield's Gretchen Owens led all scorers with 24, but the Wildcats only made 37 percent of their field goal attempts and struggled a bit at the free throw line, making 16 of 25 opportunities (64 percent).

Whitman battled Lewis & Clark in Portland Saturday to conclude the two-game NWC road trip.

Whitman 65, Linfield 55

WHITMAN (65) - J. Peterson 4-7 6-6 17, K. Peterson 4-12 1-3 9, Forge 3-5 2-2 8, Sexton 3-6 0-0 6, Keyes 2-8 0-0 5, Webber 0-0 0-0 0, Brewer 1-2 0-0 3, Gilbert 0-1 0-0 0, White 0-0 0-0 0, Madden 3-4 0-1 6, Anderegg 3-7 5-6 11. Totals 23-52 14-18 65.

LINFIELD (55) - Olbrich 0-2 1-4 1, Owens 7-12 8-9 24, Fennimore 1-2 0-0 2, Maltman 3-9 7-9 13, Baumgartner 1-3 0-3 3, Braun 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 1-5 0-0 2, Pringle 3-10 0-0 8, Gummersall 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 17-46 16-25 55.

Halftime - Whitman 31, Linfield 28. 3-point goals - Whitman 5-13 (J. Peterson 3-4, Keyes 1-5, Brewer 1-2, Madden 0-1, Anderegg 0-1), Linfield 5-12 (Owens 2-4, Fennimore 0-1, Baumgartner 1-1, Jones 0-2, Pringle 2-3, Gummersall 0-1). Total fouls- Whitman 21, Linfield 19. Fouled out- Linfield (Baumgartner). Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- Whitman 36 (Sexton 6), Linfield 32 (Maltman 10). Turnovers- Whitman 14, Linfield 13. Assists- Whitman 9 (J. Peterson 3), Linfield 6 (Owens 2).

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