Missionary women fall in OT to Puget Sound

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TACOMA - One night after winning a double-overtime thriller against Pacific Lutheran, the Whitman College women's basketball team wasn't as fortunate against Puget Sound Saturday night, falling 81-78 in overtime to the Loggers in Tacoma, Wash.

The loss, the latest in a string of narrow setbacks at the hands of Puget Sound, leaves Whitman with records of 6-6 in the Northwest Conference and 12-9 overall.

The Missionaries retain a share of fourth place in the conference standings, however, because Whitworth dropped a one-point decision tonight at Pacific Lutheran.

Puget Sound, which nipped Whitman 60-58 early last month in Walla Walla, improved to 10-2 in the NWC, good enough for second place.

Whitman, which overcame an early deficit to lead 32-30 at intermission, slipped behind again in the second half and found itself trailing 61-49 with 4:36 left in regulation.

But first-year guard Tiffani Brewer hit two free throws and sophomore Kelly Peterson followed with a 3-pointer to spark a Missionary rally.

Junior Jenele Peterson took over at that point, completing a three-point play in the paint, adding a layup and then nailing a 3-pointer with 43 seconds remaining to knot the game at 62-62.

After the Loggers missed a layup and two free throws, Whitman failed to connect on a three-point try at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.

Puget Sound scored the first five points in overtime and led throughout.

Whitman hosts George Fox on Friday.

UPS 81, Whitman 78

Whitman (78) - Webber 2-6 1-2 5, Brewer 2-6 2-2 8, Peterson 8-13 5-5 23, Golbert 0-2 0-0 0, White 0-0 0-0 0, Peterson 6-11 5-6 20, Madden 5, Anderegg 4-8 1-2 9, Forge 0-4 0-0 0, Sexton 4-5 0-0 8. Totals. 28-63 14-17 78.

UPS (81) - Cachopo 0-2 0-0 0, McKinnis 1-9 0-1 2, Jones 5-12 4-6 17, Stewart 2-9 2-6 11, Middlton 1-3 2-2 4, Lowe 2-4 3-4 7, Riordan 10-19 9-10 32, Miller 1-3 0-0 3, Layland 5-12 1-5 11. Totals Totals 27-73 21-34 81.

Halftime Score - Whitman 32, UPS 30.

3-point goals - Whitman 8-21 (Webber 0-4, Brewer 2-4, Peterson 2-2, Gilber 0-2, Peterson 3-5, Madden 1-4), UPS 6-19 (Cachopo 0-1, McKinnis 0-4, Jones 3-7, Stewart 0-2, Middleton 0-1, Riordan 3-4). Total fouls- Whitman 27, UPS 17. Fouled out- Whitman 1 (Madden), UPS None. Technical fouls- None. Rebounds- Whitman 39 (Sexton 8), UPS 48 (Stewart 11). Turnovers- Whitman 19, UPS 17. Assists- Whitman 16 (Gilbert 6), UPS 3 (McKinnis, Taylor 3).

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