Whit women win WHIT Basketball Classic

Whitman's Jenele Peterson is named tournament MVP as Whitman goes 2-0 in the two-day tourney.

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SPOKANE - It was no contest as Whitman College romped past UC-Santa Cruz 69-50 here Saturday afternoon to win the WHIT Classic women's basketball tournament.

Whitman, which opened its season Friday by edging Northwest University by a single point, was the only team in the two-day, four-school tournament to finish with a 2-0 mark.

The tourney concluded late Saturday with host Whitworth losing 78-61 to Northwest. Whitworth dropped a one-point decision to UC-Santa Cruz in Friday's other first-round game.

Whitman's Jenele Peterson, who had 27 points, 10 assists and four steals in her two games, was named the tournament MVP.

Her Missionary teammate, Kelly Peterson, was also named to the all-tournament team after scoring 22 points, making eight of 14 shots from the floor, and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Whitman wasted no time taking charge against UC-Santa Cruz, bolting to a 9-0 lead in the first three minutes and building a 36-13 cushion by halftime.

The Missionaries took their largest lead of the night at 29 points, 54-25, midway through the second half before the Banana Slugs closed the gap in the final minutes.

All 13 players on the Whitman roster saw signficant playing time, and all but two made it into the scoring column.

Peterson and Jenn Keyes led a balanced attack with 11 points apiece. Peterson also handed out five assists and collected three steals while Keyes hit five of her seven field goal attempts.

Anna Forge and Kelly Peterson added 10 points apiece and combined to corral 11 rebounds. Rebecca Sexton just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

Sarah Anderegg came off the bench for eight points and four boards.

With four players scoring in double figures, Whitman College made a successful season debut with a 70-69 victory over Northwest.

Whitman trailed by three at halftime but opened the second stanza on a 27-14 run to lead 55-45 with 8:36 left to play.

The NAIA-affiliated Eagles came back to twice tie the game, the second time at 61-61 with 2:29 lef.

Anderegg, who tallied 11 of her 13 points in the second half, made two free throws on the next Missionary possession to stem the tide.

After Northwest misfired on its next shot attempt, Forge snared the rebound, was fouled and converted both free throws to give Whitman a 65-61 cushion with just under two minutes remaining.

Following a Northwest turnover, Jenele Peterson made two of three charity tosses to stretch the lead to six.

The Eagles had a chance to tie with 14 seconds left when Jesslyn Jackson went to the line for two free throws. She made the first and missed the second to trim Whitman's lead to 70-69.

Peterson paced Whitman with 16 points and five assists. Anderegg made all nine of her free throws and was two of three from the floor to account for her 13 points.

Whitman fueled its second-half rally by shooting 50 percent from the floor (12-24) and 80 percent from the free throw line (16-20).

Whitman continues its non-conference slate next weekend with games Friday at Northwest University (Kirkland, Wash.) and Evergreen State (Saturday).

Whitman does not play its home openers until Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-12, when it hosts the annual Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic.

WHITMAN (69) - J. Peterson 3-9 5-5 11, K. Peterson 4-7 2-5 10, Forge 4-8 2-2 10, Sexton 3-6 3-4 9, Keyes 5-7 0-0 11, Webber 1-4 0-1 2, Brewer 1-2 1-2 4, Alindogan 0-2 2-2 2, Gilbert 0-3 0-0 0, White 0-2 0-1 0, Madden 0-1 1-2 1, Anderegg 3-6 2-2 8, Ross 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 24-58 19-28 69.

UC-SANTA CRUZ (50) - Mofsowitz 2-6 0-1 6, Braun 0-4 0-0 0, Marquez 0-5 0-0 0, Scarbrough 3-9 4-4 10, Andrews 4-12 1-2 9, Ortiz 1-3 2-3 4, Barooni 1-4 0-0 2, Willis 1-2 3-5 5, Sharpe 1-4 0-0 2, Hughes 1-1 0-0 2, Kottcamp 2-4 0-0 5, Nixon 2-4 1-2 5. Totals 18-58 11-17 50.

Halftime score - Whitman 36, UC-Santa Cruz 13. 3-point goals - Whitman 2-12 (Keyes 1-2, Brewer 1-2, Webber 0-2, J. Peterson 0-3, Gilbert 0-3), UC-Santa Cruz 3-19 (Mofsowitz 2-4, Kottcamp 1-3, Ortiz 0-1, Sharpe 0-1, Braun 0-2, Marquez 0-2, Scarbrough 0-3, Barooni 0-3). Total fouls- Whitman 17, UC-Santa Cruz 19. Fouled out-UC-Santa Cruz (Mofsowitz). Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- Whitman 54 (Sexton 9), UC-Santa Cruz 35 (Nixon 6). Turnovers-Whitman 14, UC-Santa Cruz 14. Assists-Whitman 15 (J. Peterson 5), UC-Santa Cruz 7 (Scarbrough 3).

NORTHWEST (69) - Hornyak 0-2 3-4 3, Mendezona 1-7 2-2 5, Welk 0-1 0-0 0, Jackson 4-9 9-10 17, Ma. McKean 2-4 2-2 6, Mc. McKean 3-6 0-0 6, Herd 0-1 0-0 0, Marshall 2-7 2-6 6, Drivstuen 6-11 4-5 21, Gibson 2-5 1-2 5. Totals 20-53 23-31 69.

WHITMAN (70) - J. Peterson 5-14 6-7 16, K. Peterson 4-7 1-2 11, Forge 3-8 2-3 8, Sexton 3-5 6-8 12, Keyes 2-7 0-0 5, Brewer 1-2 0-0 3, Gilbert 1-1 0-0 2, White 0-1 0-2 0, Madden 0-0 0-0 0, Anderegg 2-3 9-9 13. Totals 21-48 24-31 70.

Halftime score - Northwest 31, Whitman 28. 3-point goals - Northwest 6-13 (Drivstuen 5-9, Mendezona 1-1, Ma. McKean 0-1, Herd 0-1, Marshall 0-1), Whitman 4-12 (K. Peterson 2-2, Brewer 1-2, Keyes 1-5, J. Peterson 0-3). Total fouls- Northwest 24, Whitman 22. Fouled out-Whitman (Sexton). Technical fouls-Northwest (Ma. McKean). Rebounds- Northwest 40 (Jackson 9), Whitman 35 (Sexton 7). Turnovers-Northwest 13, Whitman 17. Assists-Northwest 12 (Mendezona 4), Whitman 10 (J. Peterson 5).

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