Whit women come up short against Linfield Friday

A last-ditch effort isn't enough to save the Missionaries from defeat against Lewis & Clark Friday night.

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WALLA WALLA - With a Whitman College 3-point try failing to drop at the buzzer, Lewis & Clark's women ran their winning streak to 10 games with a 64-61 Northwest Conference victory over the Missionary women Friday night in Sherwood Center.

The Pioneers retain sole possession of first place in the NWC, improving to 8-1 in league and 14-4 overall. Whitman slipped to 4-5 and 10-8.

Trailing 60-54 with five minutes left to play, Whitman got a basket from junior Anna Forge and 3-point strike from first-year guard Catelyn Webber to draw within 60-59 with 1:20 left to play.

The Pioneers missed four straight free throws, but Megan Spence scored inside to push the Lewis & Clark lead back to three.

Sarah Anderegg, a first-year forward, put back an offensive rebound for Whitman, but Kristina Williams answered with two free throws to make it 64-61 with 14 seconds left on the clock.

After a Jenele Peterson 3-point attempt missed in the waning seconds, teammate Rebecca Sexton snared the rebound and fed sophomore Mary Madden for a last-second three that hit the front of the rim but failed to drop.

Spence led all scorers with 28 points, making 12 of 16 shots from the floor for Lewis & Clark. Williams added 20 points, four rebounds and four assists, and Margaret Dowling snared 11 rebounds to spark the Pioneers to a big 41-29 victory on the boards.

Jenele Peterson and Forge, combining to make 13 of 20 field goal attempts, scored 14 points apiece for Whitman. Peterson added five assists.

Whitman sophomore Kelly Peterson just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. Madden also chipped in with nine points and four rebounds.

Lewis & Clark had its troubles at the free throw, converting just 14 of 24 chances. Whitman was five of seven from the line.

The Pioneers led by two points at intermission but then opened the second stanza on a 10-0 run to lead 45-33 with 17 minutes still left to play. Whitman's deficit ballooned to 14 points before the home team rallied down the stretch.

Lewis & Clark took control over the next three minutes with a 10-2 run that included five points apiece from Williams and Spence. After Whitman closed to 18-16 on a Madden bucket, the Pioneers surged again for a 28-18 with 7:26 left in the half.

Lewis and Clark 64, Whitman 61

LEWIS & CLARK (64) - Williams 7-15 4-4 20, Dowling 0-4 4-4 4, Herring 2-5 2-6 6, Hauser 1-7 1-2 4, Spence 12-16 2-4 28, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Villanueva 1-2 0-0 2, Howe 0-0 1-2 1, Dean 0-1 0-0 0, Wang 0-4 0-1 0. Totals 23-54 14-24 64.

WHITMAN (61) - Webber 2-8 0-0 5, J. Peterson 7-11 0-0 14, K. Peterson 3-11 2-4 9, Madden 4-9 0-0 9, Anderegg 1-7 2-2 4, Brewer 0-1 0-0 0, White 0-0 0-0 0, Forge 6-9 1-1 14, Sexton 2-2 0-0 4, Keyes 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 26-60 5-7 61.

Halftime - L&C 35, Whit 33. 3-point goals - L&C 4-12 (Williams 2-4, Dowling 0-2, Herring 0-1, Hauser 0-1, Spence 2-3, Wang 0-1), Whit (Webber 1-3, Peterson 0-3, Peterson 1-4, Madden 1-3, Anderegg 0-1, Brewer 0-1, Forge 1-1, Keyes 0-1). Total fouls- L&C 15, Whit 29. Fouled out- None. Technical fouls- None. Rebounds- L&C 41 (Dowling 11), Whit 29 (K. Peterson 10). Turnovers- L&C 15, Whit 10. Assists- L&C 11 (Williams 4), Whit 12 (J. Peterson 5).

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