Whitman women rout PLU in NWC opener

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WALLA WALLA — A blistering shooting performance in the first half gave Whitman a commanding 48-18 halftime advantage and the Missionaries eased to a 71-51 victory over Pacific Lutheran University in their Northwest Conference women’s basketball opener here Friday.

Coming off an overtime road loss to nationally-ranked NAIA Eastern Oregon University, Whitman (4-1, 1-0 NWC) started fast and ran their offense almost to perfection, finding open looks on back cuts, well delivered entry passes and ball screens, on their way to shooting 58 percent for the half. The defensive effort produced several fast break layups as the Missionaries broke away from PLU after a tight first few minutes. The Lutes led 9-6 at the 15:29 mark before Whitman went on a 16-0 run over the next five minutes in opening up a 20-6 advantage.

Heather Johns, Sarah Anderegg, and Megan White all finished the game with 12 points to lead the Missionaries. Johns recorded a double-double as she paired 10 rebounds with her dozen points.

Whitman resumes conference play Friday as it hosts the University of Puget Sound at 6 p.m.; the conference game will serve as the opening round of the Kim Evanger-Raney Classic.

Whitman 71, Pacific Lutheran 51

PLU (51) SEmD Abdo 2-9, 0-0 5, Sherman 4-7 2-2 11, Potter 3-5 2-4 8, Barnes 4-9 2-4 10, Swope 1-5 0-0 2, Schorno 0-2 1-2 1, Adams 2-5 0-0 4, Stokes 0-2 0-0 0, Schubach 0-4 0-0 0, Edgers 1-1 2-2 4, Smith 2-6 2-5 6. Totals 19-55 11-19 51.

Whitman (71) SEmD Johns 5-9 2-2 12, Traver 3-4 0-0 7, White 5-6 2-2 12, Madden 2-10 0-0 4, Anderegg 5-6 2-3 12, Alindogan 3-5 0-0 6, McDonald 0-0 0-0 0, Buse 0-3 0-0 0, Gray 0-0 0-0 0, Maine 2-6 0-0 4, Lovelace 1-4 4-4 6, Maeda 4-9 0-0 8, Gilbert 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-62 10-11 71.

Halftime — Whitman 48, PLU 18. 3-point goals — PLU 2-12 (Abdo 1-4, Sherman 1-2, Barnes 0-1, Schorno 0-2, Schubach 0-2, Smith 0-1), Whitman 1-4 (Traver 1-1, Alindogan 0-1, Buse 0-2). Total fouls — PLU 14, Whitman 17. Fouled out — Whitman (Lovelace). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — PLU 32 (Potter 6), Whitman 41 (Johns 10). Turnovers — PLU 16, Whitman 13. Assists — PLU 4 (Barnes 2), Whitman 16 (White 4).

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