Missionary women bounce back to top Wildcats Saturday

Whitman picks up a 66-49 win over Linfield on Saturday.

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WALLA WALLA - Bouncing back from a narrow defeat the night before, the Whitman College women's basketball team knocked off Linfield 66-49 Saturday night in Sherwood Center to finish the weekend in fifth place in the Northwest Conference standings.

Beating Linfield for the second time this season, Whitman evened its NWC record at 5-5 and improved to 11-8 on the season.

The loss dropped the Wildcats to sixth place at 4-6 (9-9 overall).

Sophomore Mary Madden matched her career-high with 16 points to spark Whitman's win, which was its eighth straight over Linfield, counting last month's 65-55 Missionary triumph in McMinnville.

Whitman controlled the game from the outset and took a 28-13 lead into intermission. The Wildcats briefly closed to nine points early in the second half, but sophomore Kelly Peterson - Madden's high school teammate from Huntington Beach, Calif. - hit a three to ignite an 11-2 run that had the Missionaries in front 42-24 with just under 12 minutes remaining.

Whitman shot just 32 percent from the floor for the game, but the Missionaries also outrebounded Linfield by a whopping 51-31 margin and forced the visitors into 16 turnovers.

Whitman heads to Tacoma next weekend to play NWC games at Pacific Lutheran at 6 p.m. Friday and Puget Sound at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Whitman 66, Linfield 49

LINFIELD (66) - Olbrich 4-7 0-0 9, Owens 4-12 5-5 13, Fennimore 1-6 1-2 3, Maltman 4-10 7-8 15, Baumgartner 1-2 3-6 5, Barton 1-3 0-2 2, Fuller 0-1 0-0 0, Ribeiro 1-2 0-0 2, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Totals 16-44 16-23 49.

WHITMAN (66) - Webber 0-5 1-2 1, J. Peterson 4-11 4-4 13, K. Peterson 1-3 6-6 9, Madden 8-14 0-0 16, Anderegg 1-7 5-6 7, Brewer 0-3 0-0 0, Alindogan 0-1 1-2 1, Gilbert 1-2 2-2 4, White 0-2 0-0 0, Ross 0-0 0-0 0, Forge 2-11 0-0 4, Sexton 5-10 1-2 11, Totals 22-69 20-24 66.

Halftime score Linfield 13, Whitman 28. 3-point goals - Linfield 1 (Olbrich 1-1, Owens 0-3, Fennimore 0-2, Baumgartner 0-1, Barton 0-1, Fuler 0-1, Jones 0-1), Whitman 2 (J. Peterson 1-2, K. Peterson 1-2, Webber 0-3, Madden 0-1, Brewer 0-1, Alindogan 0-1, Gilbert 0-1). Total fouls - Linfield 20, Whitman 19. Fouled out - Owens, Maltman (Linfield), Anderegg (Whitman). Technical fouls - Linfield (Olbrich). Rebounds - Linfield 31 (Owens 9), Whitman 51 (Forge 9). Turnovers - Linfield 16, Whitman 10. Assists - Linfield 6 (Olbrich 2), Whitman 15 (J. Peterson 3, K. Peterson 3).

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