Bruins handle Missionary women Friday

George Fox remains in a tie for first in the NWC after the 61-45 win Friday night.

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WALLA WALLA - George Fox retained a share of first place in the Northwest Conference women's basketball standings and continued its recent mastery of Whitman College with a 61-45 victory over the Missionaries Friday night in Sherwood Center.

The Bruins improved to 17-5 on the season and 11-2 in the NWC. They have won their last 11 meetings with Whitman.

Whitman fell to 12-10 and 6-7 and slipped into fifth place in the conference standings, one game back of Whitworth, which turned aside an upset bid from Willamette Friday night in Spokane.

Whitman hosted Willamette Saturday night while George Fox played Whitworth in Spokane.

Going into Saturday's games, Whitman and Whitworth were in a head-to-head battle for the NWC's fourth and final playoff spot. Whitworth invades Sherwood Center on Tuesday.

Down by nine points after a low-scoring first half, Whitman opened the second stanza Friday on a 15-9 run to pull within 33-30 with a full 12 minutes left to play.

First-year guard Tiffani Brewer sparked the Missionary rally with a 3-pointer.

Junior Jenele Peterson followed with an outside jumper, added another 3 and then hit first-year forward Sarah Anderegg with a long pass on a Whitman fastbreak. Anderegg made the layin and swished the free throw after drawing the foul.

But Hannah Munger answered for George Fox with a three-point play in the paint - her first points of the game - and Keisha Gordon drilled four free throws as the Bruins started to pull away.

Leading 48-37 with six minutes left, George Fox uncorked a 9-0 spurt to break the game open.

Gordon, who made all 10 of her free throws, paced the visitors with a game-high 16 points. Munger finished with 14 points and matched Gordon with six rebounds.

Junior Jenele Peterson led Whitman with 11 points while senior Rebecca Sexton added eight. First-year guard Tiffani Brewer chipped in with seven points.

Whitman struggled with its shooting for most of the night, finishing with a 27 percent field goal percentage. The Missionaries failed to capitalize at the free throw line, making just 19 of 31 chances.

The Bruins led 24-15 at the break, thanks in large part to the Missionaries making just five of 25 shots from the floor and five of 12 free throws.

Whitman used its defense to stay somewhat close, forcing 11 George Fox turnovers in the first half.

George Fox 61, Whitman 45

GEORGE FOX (61) - Cusick 1-1 2-2 5, Munger 5-8 4-7 14, Mohsenian 2-7 0-0 5, Gordon 3-8 10-10 16, Arnoldy 2-6 0-0 4, Rinehart-Young 1-4 2-6 4, Towne 2-4 0-0 6, Ketelsen 1-1 0-0 3, Morse 0-0 0-0 0, Parker 1-1 0-0 2, Gorman 0-0 0-0 0, Wolfe 0-0 0-0 0, Myers 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 18-43 20-27 61.

WHITMAN (45) - Brewer 2-6 2-3 3, J. Peterson 4-10 2-2 11, K. Peterson 0-3 2-4 2, Madden 2-5 1-2 3, Sexton 2-7 4-5 8, Webber 0-0 0-0 0, Alingdogan 0-1 1-2 1, Gilbert 0-0 0-0 0, WHite 1-1 0-0 2, Anderegg 103 407 6, Forge 0-6 2-4 2, Keyes 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 12-45 19-31 45.

Halftime - George Fox 24, Whitman 15. 3-point goals - GF 5-17 (Towne 2-3, Cusick 1-1, Mohsenian 1-6, Ketelsen 1-1, Arnoldy 0-1, Myers 0-2), Whit 2-7 (Brewer 1-2, J. Peterson 1-1, K. Peterson 0-1, Alingdogan 0-1, Keyes 0-2). Total fouls - GF 22, Whit 23. Fouled out - Munger (GF), Anderegg (Whit). Tehcnical fouls - none. Rebounds - GF 38 (Mohsenian 11), Whit 29 (Brewer 4, Forge 4). Turnovers - GF 19, Whit 16. Assists - GF 9 (Mohsenian 3), Whit 7 (Sexton 2).

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