WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Rookies help spark Whitman women to win over PLU

Sarah Anderegg and Catelyn Brewer combine for 24 points in the 77-65 win.

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WALLA WALLA - Junior Jenele Peterson tallied a game-high 23 points and rookies Sarah Anderegg and Catelyn Brewer combined for 24 points in their first collegiate starts to spark Whitman College to a 77-65 basketball victory over Pacific Lutheran Saturday in the Sherwood Center.

Whitman evened its Northwest Conference record at 2-2 and is 6-5 overall.

Pacific Lutheran, also 2-2 in conference, dropped to 4-8 on the season.

Whitman shot 53.3 percent from the floor in the first half, rolling up a 40-28 cushion by the break.

The Lutes drew no closer than nine points early in the second half, and Whitman stretched its lead to 58-39 with just over 11 minutes left to play.

The Missionaries were up by 17 points, 69-52, when Webber hit a jumper with 3:48 remaining. The Lutes closed the final gap as Whitman cleared its bench.

Peterson hit nine of 15 shots from the floor, including two of three from the 3-point stripe, in scoring 23 points in 37 minutes on the floor. She also had five assists and five rebounds.

Webber was three of four from long distance en route to a career-high 13 points. She snared seven rebounds and keyed the defense with three steals.

Anderegg, who leads the NWC in free throw accuracy, was three for free from the line, adding 11 points and six rebounds while sophomore Kelly Peterson chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds.

Senior Rebecca Sexton, who tops the conference in field goal shooting, was five of seven from the floor in scoring 10 points. She also blocked four shots.

Samantha Potter posted a Pacific Lutheran double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Mackenzie Bieker gave the Lutes 17 points and five boards while Jordan Westering added 12 points.

Whitman hits the road next weekend for NWC games at Willamette on Friday and at George Fox on Saturday.

Whitman 77, Pacific Lutheran 65

PACIFIC LUTHERAN (65) - Kilcup 2-7 0-0 4, Pixler 1-1 0-0 3, Backstrom 1-4 2-2 4, Bieker 6-9 4-4 17, Potter 6-16 7-8 19, Wall 0-7 2-3 2, Tingley 0-2 0-0 0, Mull 1-4 0-0 2, Westering 3-5 4-8 12, Smith 1-6 0-1 2. Totals 21-61 19-26 65.

WHITMAN (77) - Webber 5-9 0-2 13, J. Peterson 9-15 3-4 23, K. Peterson 2-8 5-10 9, Anderegg 4-8 3-3 11, Sexton 5-7 0-0 10, Brewer 1-1 0-0 2, Alindogan 0-0 3-4 3, Gilbert 0-0 0-0 0, White 0-4 0-0 0, Ross 1-1 0-0 2, Forge 2-5 0-1 4, Keyes 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 29-61 14-24 77.

Halftime score - Whitman 40, Pacific Lutheran 28. 3-point goals - Pacific Lutheran 4-11 (Westering 2-4, Pixler 1-1, Bieker 1-2, Kilcup 0-2, Backstrom 0-2), Whitman 5-11 (Webber 3-4, J. Peterson 2-3, K. Peterson 0-1, Forge 0-1, Keyes 0-2). Total fouls- Pacific Lutheran 16, Whitman 19. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- Pacific Lutheran 42 (Potter 10), Whitman 47 (Webber 7, K. Peterson 7). Turnovers-Pacific Lutheran 16, Whitman 15. Assists-Pacific Lutheran 10 (Backstrom 3), Whitman 16 (J. Peterson 5).

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