Treys carry UPS to win over Whit women

The Loggers escape with a 68-66 victory over the Missionary women Saturday in Tacoma.

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TACOMA — A week after losing in the final seconds to Pacific, the Whitman College women relived the nightmare with a 68-66 loss to nationally ranked Puget Sound Saturday night in Tacoma.

With her team down by three points with a minute left, Whitman’s Michelle Krall hit a jumper and then added two free throws with 23 seconds remaining to lift the Missionaries into a 66-65 lead.

Claire Ely missed a jumper on the ensuing Puget Sound possession, but Natasha Ludwig grabbed the offensive rebound and zipped a pass to Kelsey McKinnis at the 3-point line.

McKinnis drilled her seventh 3-pointer of the night to vault the Loggers into a 68-66 lead.

Whitman got off a 3-pointer that failed to drop, giving Puget Sound the 68-66 win.

Whitman saw its record skid to 1-5 in the NWC and 6-9 overall.

Puget Sound, ranked No. 22 in one NCAA Division III national poll, is 13-2 on the season and 5-1 in league.

Rebecca Sexton, Whitman’s 6-foot-3 junior post, made seven of 11 shots from the floor and all six of her free throws to finish with 20 points. She grabbed seven rebounds and two steals, handed out three assists and blocked a shot.

Kelly Peterson made seven of eight from floor and added 16 points and five rebounds for the Missionaries.

Up 31-29 at halftime, Whitman stretched its lead to 46-40 with 13 minutes left when Dawna Mello canned consecutive baskets, one of them a 3-pointer. The Loggers rallied to lead 48-46 but Kelly Peterson’s two free throws squared the game at 51-51 with nine minutes remaining.

After Sexton’s jumper and a Jennifer Keyes’ 3-pointer gave the Missionaries a five-point cushion, Puget Sound reeled off eight straight points for a 58-56 lead with five minutes left. Peterson’s jumper tied the score, but Sarah Stewart’s trey — one of 11 Logger 3-pointers — put the home team back in front.

McKinnis, with seven-of-12 from behind the arc, led the Loggers with 27 points. Jocelyn Riordan added 17.

Whitman returns to the road on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game against Whitworth in Spokane.

WHITMAN (66) — Mello 4-6 0-0 9, Peterson 7-8 2-2 16, White 3-10 1-2 9, Sexton 7-11 6-6 20, Krall 2-8 2-2 6, Madden 0-2 0-2 0, Gilbert 0-0 0-0 0, Brice 0-1 0-0 0, Keyes 2-7 0-0 6. Totals 25-53 11-14 66.

UPS (68) — Ely 3-11 0-0 6, McKinnis 10-17 0-0 27, Riordan 7-14 0-0 17, Ludwig 2-10 2-2 6, Layland 1-3 5-6 7, Middlton 0-4 0-0 0, Moore 0-1 0-0 0, Stewart 2-3 0-0 5, Lowe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-63 7-8 68.

Halftime - Whitman 31, UPS 29. 3-point goals —Whitman 5-15 (Mello 1-2, Peterson 0-1, White 2-6, Krall 0-1, Keyes 2-5), UPS 11-21 (McKinnis 7-12, Riordan 3-5, Middlton 0-2, Moore 0-1, Stewart 1-1). Total fouls—Whitman 9, UPS 12. Fouled out—UPS (Layland). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds—Whitman 32 (Sexton 7), UPS 37 (Ludwig 10). Turnovers—Whitman 13, UPS 14. Assists—Whitman 18 (White 5), UPS 15 (Riordan 5, Ludwig 5).

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