Whitman women down Puget Sound, 66-52

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Whitman's Marah Alindogan, left, and Heather Lovelace, right, try to stay clear of a diving Kelsey Mckinnis of Puget Sound but the Missionaries still draw the foul under the hoop Friday night in their win over the Loggers.

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The Missionaries' Tiffani Traver, right, gets enough of a fingertip deflection on a shot put up by Puget Sound's Erin Stumbaugh to prevent the bucket in Whitman's Friday night win over the visiting Loggers.

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Holding on to a rebound with what appears to be an extra hand, Whitman's Mary Madden keeps possesion of the ball and helps in the Missionaries Friday night win over visiting Puget Sound.

WALLA WALLA — Led by 20 points each from Heather Johns and Sarah Anderegg Whitman won their second Northwest Conference game of the year and improved to 7-1 on the year with a 66-52 victory over the Puget Sound Friday night at Whitman’s George Ball Court.

The Missionaries shot just 36.4 percent from the field in the opener of the Kim Evanger-Raney Classic, but made up for it by outrebounding the Loggers 50-34, including a superlative performance from 6-foot post Meghan White, who tallied 16 boards, 12 of them of the offensive variety.

Johns, a sophomore guard, had big shoes to fill stepping into graduated point guard Janele Peterson’s role as the lead ball handler and met those expectations Friday.

She was, at times, unstoppable, driving coast to coast and finishing with highlight-reel quality layups as well as hitting the odd mid-range jumper and the team’s lone 3-pointer of the night. Johns finished with seven field goals on 13 attempts and she hit 5-of-8 free throws.

Anderegg, a 6-2 junior post, was deadly from the field, showing off a mid-range game and a newfound touch around the hoop as she hit 7-of-9 field goals and 6-of-7 freebies.

Whitman and Puget Sound traded baskets to a 13-all deadlock with 9:15 elapsed in the first half, but the Missionaries went on a 17-2 run over the next eight minutes to blow the game open at 30-15 and finished the first half with a 10-point, 32-22, lead.

The Missionaries held on to that lead until UPS closed to within eight, 60-52 after Erin Stumbaugh converted a 3-point play with 1:23 left in the game. The Loggers tried to foul to close the gap, but Johns answered with a 3-point play of her own and Tiffani Traver hit a pair of free throws with 52 seconds remaining to ice the victory.

WHITMAN 66, PUGET SOUND 52

PUGET SOUND (52) — Roberts 2-8 0-0 4, Agcaioili 3-7 0-0 6, McKinnis 2-8 3-4 7, Stewart 4-7 1-2 9, Ainslie 3-7 0-0 6, Sheldon 1-6 0-0 3, Stumbaugh 1-3 2-2 4, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Forshay 3-5 1-2 8, Wyszynski 1-4 0-0 2, Layland 1-1 3. Totals 21-56 8-11 52.

WHITMAN (66) — Johns 7-13 5-8 20, Traver 4-10 2-2 10, White 0-7 2-4 2, Madden 3-11 0-0 6, Anderegg 7-9 6-7 20, Alindogan 1-3 0-0 2, Buse 0-5 0-0 0, Maine 0-0 0-1 0, Lovelace 2-7 2-2 6, Maeda 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-66 17-24 66.

Halftime — Whitman 32-22. 3-pointers — UPS 2-13 (Sheldon 1-4, Forshay 1-2), WC 1-17 (Johns 1-2). Total fouls — UPS 18, WC 14. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — UPS 34 (Stewart 6), WC 50 (White 16). Turnovers — UPS 16, WC 13. Assists — UPS 5 (McKinnis 2), WC 10 (Johns 3).

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