WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Loggers hold off persistent Missionary women Friday

The Missionary women erase a 10-point deficit in the final 6 minutes, but fall to UPS, 60-58.

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WALLA WALLA - The University of Puget Sound took a 10-point lead following a Lindsay Layland basket with 6 minutes left here in Northwest Conference women's basketball action Friday.

Whitman battled back to tie it at 55 following two free throws from Rebecca Sexton, but Logger Kelsey McKinnis, who scored a team-leading 23 points, answered with a trey with 31 seconds left to produce a 58-55 lead, and UPS held on to improve to 3-0 in NWC play with a 60-58 win.

"We need to play with that sense of urgency the whole game," Missionary assistant coach Jessica Cox said of the Whitman comeback. "We can't wait until the point where we all decide, ‘Let's go.'"

Sarah Anderegg started a 14-4 Whitman run with a pair of free throws with 4:42 remaining to cut the Logger lead to 51-43. Jennifer Keyes drained a high-arcing trey with 2:49 to play to pull Whitman closer at 54-51.

Sexton put back her own miss to narrow the gap to 54-53 with 1:38 left and set the stage, after a McKinnis free throw, for her tying free throws on the next Missionary possession.

Whitman had two looks after the McKinnis 3, but the shots didn't go down and the Missionaries had to foul.

Layland missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 12.8 seconds left, but Sarah Stewart grabbed the offensive rebound, one of 16 the Loggers pulled down on the night, and was fouled. Stewart hit one to run the lead to four.

"We gave up the offensive board and that hurt," Cox said. "We need to clean that (offensive rebounding) up before tomorrow (Saturday's game against Pacific Lutheran)."

Whitman missed, Layland hit one free throw, and Jenele Peterson beat the buzzer with a trey for her 24th point of the night to run the final to 60-58.

"Jenele had a very nice night," Cox said of her senior leader. "She showed good leadership on the court. She needed a little bit of help out there."

Sexton was the only other Missionary to score in double digits as she finished with 10, and Kelly Peterson was next highest with seven points.

Jenele Peterson's first trey of the game gave Whitman its first lead at 5-4 with 16:45 left in the half.

The Loggers ended a see-saw half - which saw two ties and six lead changes - on a McKinnis buzzer-beater 3-point bomb that sent the Loggers to half with a 27-23 lead.

"That's a tough way to go into halftime with them hitting a 3 like that," Cox said. "She was so far away. That was tough."

Puget Sound opened the second half with a 24-18 run to get the lead to double digits and the Missionaries ran out of time.

"We had a tough time knocking down our shots," Cox said of the second-half. "With the talent we have offensively, we should shoot higher (percentage) than that. And we struggled to defend their two guards (McKinnis 23 points and Jocelyn Riordan 14 points). We had a plan and we need to follow our plan."

Whitman drops to 1-2 in NWC play and hosted Pacific Lutheran Saturday.

UPS 60, WHITMAN 58

UPS (60) - McKinnis 9-18 2-3 23, Jones 0-5 0-0 0, Stewart 1-5 4-6 6, Riordan 6-11 0-0 14, Layland 2-9 3-7 7, Cachopo 2-3 0-0 4, McCloud 0-0 2-2 2, Middleton 1-1 0-0 2, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Blaugher 1-3 0-1 2, Lowe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-55 11-19 60.

WHITMAN (58) - J. Peterson 7-15 7-11 24, K. Peterson 3-9 1-2 7, Forge 1-7 0-0 2, Sexton 4-9 2-2 10, Keyes 2-3 0-0 5, Webber 1-3 0-0 2, Brewer 1-3 0-0 2, Gilbert 0-1 0-0 0, White 0-1 0-0 0, Anderegg 1-3 4-4 6, Totals 20-54 14-19 58.

Halftime - UPS 27, Whitman 23. 3-point goals - UPS 5-14 (McKinnis 3-5, Jones 0-4, Stewart 0-1, Riordan 2-4), Whit 4-10 (J. Peterson 3-4.K. Peterson 0-1, Keyes 1-1, Webber 0-1, Brewer 0-2, Gilbert 0-1). Total fouls - UPS 20, Whit 19. Fouled out - UPS (Riordan). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - UPS 37 (Layland 7), Whit 32 (Sexton 6). Turnovers - UPS 19, Whit 18. Assists - UPS 8 (Cachopo 2, Layland 2, Riordan 2), Whit 8 (J. Peterson 4).

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