Missionary women lose at LC, 62-55

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PORTLAND - With its offense hitting a pair of dry spells in the second half, Whitman College dropped a 62-55 women's basketball decision to Lewis & Clark here Saturday afternoon.

The two teams, tied at 55 with two minutes left in the game, ended the night with 1-1 Northwest Conference records. Lewis & Clark improved to 4-3 on the season while the Missionaries slipped a notch to 4-2.

Jennifer Keyes, who led all scorers with 16 points, hit her fourth 3-pointer of the night with 2:09 remaining to pull Whitman into a 55-55 deadlock.

Those proved to be the last Missionary points as Lewis & Clark closed out the scoring with five free throws and a basket.

Keyes, who was four of eight from the 3-point line, also snared six rebounds. Kelly Peterson added 13 points, making five of eight field goals and four of five free throws, while grabbing five rebounds.

Jenele Peterson was good for 13 points, five boards and two steals while Anna Forge combined seven points with six rebounds and four blocked shots. Sarah Anderegg also collected six boards.

Whitman scored the first five points of the second, getting a 3-pointer from Keyes and a jumper from Forge, to pull away from a 30-30 halftime stalemate. The Pioneers responded with an 8-0 run, but Kelly Peterson's basket forged a 40-40 deadlock with 13:48 left.

The Missionaries failed to score for the next six minutes as Lewis & Clark moved on top 49-40. Jenele Peterson broke the spell with jumper and Keyes canned a three to knot the game at 50-all with 4:37 left.

Keyes added a jumper and her last 3-pointer to produce the game's eighth and final tie with two minutes to go. After the Pioneers misfired at their end, Whitman missed a jumper of its own and quickly squandered an offensive rebound with a turnover.

Lewis & Clark took the lead for good with two free throws with 1:21 left on the clock.

Kristina Williams led the Pioneers with 15 points. Megan Spence added 10 points and 10 rebounds and Tayler Wang had 10 points and five boards.

Both teams shot just under 34 percent from the floor. The Pioneers won the rebounding battle 46-42 and outscored Whitman by six points at the free throw line.

Whitman returns to non-conference action next weekend when it hosts the annual Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic in Sherwood Center.

The Missionaries play Menlo at 4 p.m. Saturday and Walla Walla University at 2 p.m. Sunday.

WHITMAN (55) - J. Peterson 4-13 5-7 13, K. Peterson 5-8 4-5 15, Forge 3-11 0-2 7, Sexton 0-2 1-2 1, Keyes 6-12 0-0 16, Brewer 0-4 1-2 1, Gilbert 0-2 0-0 0, Madden 0-1 0-0 0, Anderegg 1-4 0-0 2, Ross 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-57 11-18 55.

LEWIS & CLARK (62) - Williams 4-13 5-6 15, Dowling 2-13 0-0 5, Herring 1-3 5-6 7, Hauser 2-3 1-1 5, Spence 4-13 1-2 10, Villanueava 1-3 4-4 6, Howe 1-2 0-0 2, Dean 1-3 0-0 2, Wang 4-6 1-2 10, Snider 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-59 17-21 62.

Halftime score - Whitman 30, Lewis & Clark 30. 3-point goals - Whitman 6-15 (Keyes 4-8, Forge 1-1, K. Peterson 1-2, Brewer 0-1, J. Peterson 0-3), Lewis & Clark 5-13 (Williams 2-4, Wang 1-2, Dowling 1-3, Spence 1-4). Total fouls-Whitman 19, Lewis & Clark 18. Fouled out-Whitman (Forge). Technical fouls-none. Rebounds-Whitman 42 (Forge 6, Keyes 6, Anderegg 6), Lewis & Clark 46 (Dowling 11). Turnovers-Whitman 18, Lewis & Clark 15. Assists-Whitman 8 (J. Peterson 2, K. Peterson 2, Gilbert 2), Lewis & Clark 13 (Herring 9).

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