Missionary's Peterson named to All-NWC women's first team

Junior Jenele Peterson led Whitman with 13.6 points per game.

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WALLA WALLA - Whitman College junior Jenele Peterson made the First Team and teammates Rebecca Sexton and Kelly Peterson received Honorable Mention when the All-Northwest Conference basketball teams were announced Friday.

Jenele Peterson, a 5-foot-7 point guard, led Whitman in scoring (13.6 points per game) and assists (3.0) this season.

Sexton, a 6-foot-3 center, averaged 8.6 points (shooting 56.1 percent from the floor) and a team-high 5.0 rebounds per game.

Kelly Peterson, a 5-foot-8 guard, added 8.0 points per game as part of a balanced Whitman offense and also hit the boards for 4.4 rebounds a night.

After missing most of last season with a knee injury, Jenele Peterson bounced back nicely this winter.

She was named NWC Player of the Week in early January after scoring a career-high 26 points in one game and then adding 23 points the next night. She made 17 of 30 shots from the floor, including five of seven 3-point attempts, in the two games while handing out a total of nine assists and snaring seven rebounds.

Peterson, who received a medical red-shirt exemption after hurting her knee last December, will return to the squad next season as a fifth-year senior. She was named to the All-NWC Second Team at the end of her sophomore season (2008-09) and received Honorable Mention recognition to cap her first year at Whitman.

Peterson was seventh in the NWC in scoring this season and fifth in assists. She was second in assist-to-turnover ratio (plus 1.32) and sixth in free throw percentage (96-120, 80 percent). Only two players in the NWC made more total free throws than she did.

Sexton, the only senior on this year's team, enjoyed another highly efficient scoring season in the low post, shooting 56.1 percent from the floor. That was the second-best field goal percentage in the NWC.

Sexton also ranked second in the conference in blocked shots with 32 rejections in 26 games. She also received Honorable Mention recognition to cap her sophomore campaign. She averaged 11.2 points (58.3 field goal percentage) and 5.5 rebounds that season.

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