Lewis & Clark knock down free throws, Whitman

Sharp shooting from the free throw line propels No. 18 Lewis & Clark past the Whitman women.

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WALLA WALLA - Lewis & Clark knocked down 17 of 25 second-half free throws and rallied past Whitman College 64-54 in Northwest Conference women's basketball action Saturday night in Sherwood Center.

Lewis & Clark, which trailed 21-10 with 5:25 left in the first half, ran its record to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the NWC.

Whitman, which saw three of its players foul out, slid to 0-2 in conference and 1-5 overall.

Lewis & Clark, ranked No. 18 nationally in NCAA Division III, rallied late in the first half to narrow its deficit to 25-22 at intermission.

The Pioneers then opened the second half on a 7-0 run to move in front 29-25. Whitman twice closed to within a point but Lewis & Clark stretched its advantage to 42-34 on two Taylor Wang free throws with 13 minutes left.

After Kristina Williams canned a jumper for a 51-42 Lewis & Clark lead with five minutes remaining, senior Jenele Peterson drilled a 3-pointer and added two free throws on back-to-back possessions to make it a four-point game.

Layups by Peterson and sophomore Sarah Anderegg offset three more Pioneer free throws, cutting the Pioneer lead to 54-51 with three minutes left.

A chance to narrow the gap to a point slipped away when Whitman missed a layup on its next trip down the floor.

Lewis & Clark's Megan Spence capitalized at the other end with an offensive rebound putback. Fouled on the play, she added the free throw to double the Pioneer lead to six points with 1:24 on the clock.

Lewis & Clark converted eight of nine free throws over the final 90 seconds to pull away.

Sophomore Kelly Peterson hit all three of her 3-point shots in scoring a team-high 14 points. Anderegg tallied eight points despite playing just 10 minutes before being whistled for her fifth foul.

Down by 10 at intermission, the Whitman College women rallied four times to within a single point in the second half before George Fox dodged two bullets in the closing seconds to escape with a 54-53 victory Friday night in Sherwood Center.

In what was the Northwest Conference opener for both schools, George Fox failed to score in the last two-plus minutes of the game but still managed to hold off the Missionaries.

Tiffani Traver was 3-of-4 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from the 3-point line, in scoring a team-high 12 points for Whitman. Peterson was 5-of-6 from the field en route to 11 points, five assists and four steals.

GEORGE FOX 54, WHITMAN 53

GEORGE FOX (54) - Munger 6-11 5-6 17, Cusick 1-1 3-4 5, Mohsenian 0-0 0-0 0, Gordon 5-12 5-9 15, Arnoldy 3-6 2-2 8, Rinehart-Young 1-1 1-3 3, Towne 0-1 0-0 0, Roos 2-8 0-0 0, Parker 0-0 0-0 0, Heckendorf 0-2 0-0 0, Myers 0-4 2-2 6. Totals - 11-25 7-7 54.

WHITMAN (53) - Traver 3-4 4-4 12, Peterson 5-6 0-0 11; Lovelace 3-7 4-4 10, Anderegg 3-11 0-2 6, Madden 2-6 0-0 4, White 2-5 0-0 4 Keyes1-5 0-0 3, Forge 1-4 0-0 2 Dreadfulwater 0-3 1-2 1, Peterson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 20-53 9-12 53.

Halftime - George Fox 29, Whitman 19 3-point goals - George Fox 0-9 ( Gordon 0-3, Roos 0-3, Myers 0-1, Towne 0-1, Dacia Heckendorf 0-1), Whitman 4-12 (Traver, 2-3, Keyes 1-5, Peterson 1-2, Peterson 0-2). Fouled out-George Fox (Munger), Whitman-None. Rebounds-George Fox 35 (Munger 7, Gordon 7), Whitman 33 (Forge 7). Assists-George Fox 4 (Gordon 2), Whitman 13 (Peterson 5). Total fouls-George Fox 14, Whitman 19. Technical fouls-George Fox-None. Whitman-None.

LEWIS & CLARK 54, WHITMAN 44

L&C (54) -Williams 9-15 7-10 26, Dowling 0-4 0-0 0, Villanueva 4-7 5-6 14, Hauser 1-7 0-0 2, Spence 4-13 3-5 11, Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Beucherie 0-0 0-0 0, Howe 1-1 4-8 7, Dean 0-4 2-2 2, Wang 0-1 2-2 2, Snider 0-0 0-0 0.

Whitman (44) - Traver 1-7 0-0 3, Peterson 2-7 2-2 7, White 3-6 0-1 6, Peterson 5-11 1-2 14, Forge 0-5 0-0 0, Dreadfulwater 0-2 3-4 3, Madden 2-5 4-4 8, Lovelace 0-0 0-0 0, Anderegg 3-4 2-2 8, Keyes 2-4 0-0 5.

Halftime score - Whitman 25, Lewis and Clark 22.

3-point goals - L&C 3 (Williams, Villanueva, Howe). Whitman 6 (Traver, Peterson, J., Peterson, K. 3, Keyes). Total fouls - Whitman 29, L&C 19. Fouled out - L&C (Hauser), Whitman (Peterson, J., Anderegg).Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - L&C 43 (Williams 10),Whitman 34 (White 8). Assists - L&C 16 Villaneuva, Dean 3), Whitman 12 (Traver 4). Turnovers - Whitman 18, L&C 16.

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