COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Missionaries hold on in Salem

Anderegg scores a career-high 19 as the Whitman women withstand a late rally.

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SALEM - First-year forward Sarah Anderegg scored a career-high 19 points as Whitman College withstood a late Willamette rally to post a 74-71 Northwest Conference victory here Friday.

Whitman, now 3-2 in the NWC and 8-5 overall, led by 11 points with four minutes left in the game before Willamette rallied down the stretch.

The Bearcats (0-5, 1-12) had a shot at a game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds, but Alex Zennan's attempt failed to draw iron.

Anderegg, who fouled out with two minutes remaining, also grabbed seven rebounds. Her exit came about 40 seconds after senior center Rebecca Sexton was sent to the pines with her fifth foul.

Whitman also got 11 points and six rebounds from junior Jenele Peterson while junior Jennifer Keyes contributed 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Sophomore Kelly Peterson grabbed a team-high nine rebounds to go with five points and three steals.

Junior Anna Forge was good for nine points and six boards, while first-year Missionaries Catelyn Webber and Tiffani Brewer chipped in with seven points apiece. Brewer also picked off four steals.

Sophomore Mary Madden, who missed last weekend's games due to injury, returned to haul down seven rebounds. Whitman won the rebounding battle 49-42.

With Webber and Keyes draining two 3-pointers apiece, Whitman made five of its 10 shots from long range, but neither team shot well from the floor or free-throw line. Both sides missed 13 free throws; Whitman was 25-of-28 while Willamette was 18-of-31.

Willamette held early leads of 11-6 and 15-9, but Keyes hit her two 3s as part of an 18-4 run that had Whitman on top 27-19 with seven minutes left in the first half. The Bearcats made three free throws in the final 30 seconds to trail 37-32 at the break.

Jenele Peterson scored six points early in the second half to stretch Whitman's cushion to 11 points. After Willamette closed to within four points, Webber struck twice from the 3-point stripe to stake the Missionaries to a 61-50 lead with 8:21 left.

Sexton's layup made it 69-58 with four minutes remaining, but Willamette scored 10 of the next 11 points to trail 70-68 with 35 seconds left on the clock.

With the game devolving into a free-throw contest, Jenele Peterson and Forge both made a pair of charity tosses for a 74-59 Missionary lead with 23 seconds remaining.

After Willamette scored inside and Whitman missed its next two free throws, the Bearcats misfired on a final 3-point attempt that would have sent the game to overtime.

Whitman played George Fox in Newberg, Ore., Saturday.

Whitman 74, Willamette 71

WHITMAN (74) - Webber 2-6 1-2 7, J. Peterson 2-9 6-9 11, K. Peterson 2-5 1-2 5, Anderegg 9-10 1-3 19, Sexton 2-4 1-3 2, Brewer 1-3 5-6 7, Gilbert 0-1 0-2 9, White 0-2 0-0 0, Madden 0-2 2-2 2, Forge 2-7 5-6 9, Keyes 2-2 4-6 10, Totals 22-61 25-38 74.

WILLAMETTE (71) - Zennan 2-6 2-2 6, Glynn 6-11 3-4 15, Barclay 1-1 3-4 5, McFaddin 1-7 0-1 2, Westermann 4-11 5-12 13, Lamson 6-11 0-0 12, Mueller 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 4-8 2-2 13, Brunt-Pluta 1-1 0-0 2, Rabih 0-3 0-0 0, Beeson 0-2 1-2 1, Josephson 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 0-3 2-4 2, Totals 25-65 18-31 71.

Halftime score - Whit 37, Will 32. 3-point goals - Whit 5 (Webber 2-5, J. Peterson 1-1, Keyes 2-2, Brewer 0-1, Madden 0-1). Will 3 (Wilson 3-3, Zennan 0-3, Rabih 0-1). Total fouls - Whit 28, Will 27. Fouled out - Whit (Anderegg, Sexton), Will (McFaddin, Westermann). Technical fouls - Whit (Sexton). Rebounds - Whit 49 (K. Peterson), Will 42 (Westermann 11). Turnovers - Whit 22, Will 17. Assists- Whit 12 (Keyes 3), Will 7 (Lamson 3).

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