Whitman women ride hot second half to win over Warner Pacific

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PORTLAND — The Whitman women rode a 48-point second half, shooting 60-percent from the field, to defeat Warner Pacific, 77-57, to improve to 9–1 on the season Monday night.

Whit alum honored tonight

WALLA WALLA — The Whitman College men’s basketball team will take a moment to honor one of their own during its game against Walla Walla University tonight.

The 8 p.m. game at Sherwood Athletic Center will be played in honor of former Whitman basketball player Peter Rutledge, who passed away Aug. 20 at the age of 33, after a nine-month battle with an inoperable brain tumor.

There will be a moment of silence before tip-off, as well as information about Rutledge’s life available for all fans. Donations will be accepted, with all proceeds going to Peter’s wife, Cari, and their two young sons, Tyson (age 2) and Luke (1).

A member of the graduating class of 2001 at Whitman, Rutledge was a teammate of both current Whitman assistant coach Matt Airy (’04) and Walla Walla University head coach Jimmy Hill (’00), as well as playing for current Whitman assistant athletic director and women’s golf coach Skip Molitor.

In his senior season, Rutledge earned All-Northwest Conference honorable mention honors, despite battling through a chronic back injury.

Admission to tonight’s contest is free, with donations taken throughout the evening.

The second half blitz came after a tightly contested first 20 minutes that resulted in a one-point lead for the Missionaries going to break, 29-28.

Whitman got out to an early 5-0 lead on a Mary Madden jumper and a Tiffany Traver 3-pointer, but the Knights came right back and knotted the score at 7-all when Chelsey Christensen sank a trey.

The teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the first half with three ties, 10 lead changes, and no team’s margin greater than four points.

The Missionaries led 27-23 at the 5:23 mark when Alyssa Maine hit a 3-ball.

Christensen responded with a mid-range jumper and then a trey to reclaim the lead for Warner Pacific. Whitman forward Meghan White answered with a jumper with 36 seconds remaining in the half to end the scoring before intermission.

The game remained close for the first two minutes of the second half before the Missionaries went on an 11-0 run, capped by a Sarah Anderegg bucket that opened up a 12-point lead 44-32.

During the spurt, Anderegg accounted for eight of the 11 points, dropping in a pair of free throws and converting three field goals. Johns also hit a 3-pointer in that stretch.

The Knights cut the lead to nine twice, the last time on two Ali Campbell free throws with 13:15 remaining in the game.

Whitman pulled away for good with an eight point run, sparked by a pair of Anderegg free throws that gave the Missionaries a 19-point lead with 8:49 on the clock.

Anderegg and Johns shared the scoring honors for Whitman, both tallying 14 points. Forwards Heather Lovelace and Halie Buse came off the bench to score 10 and 7, respectively.

The bench contributed 15 points in the second half.

The Missionaries’ leading rebounder, forward Meghan White, hauled down a game-high nine. with John’s grabbing seven.

Whitman hosts crosstown rival Walla Walla University tonight at 8 p.m.

Whitman 77, Warner Pacific 57

WHITMAN (77) — Johns 5-10 2-3 14, Traver 2-7 4-5 9, White 2-5 1-4 5, Madden 4-7 0-0 8, Anderegg 4-8 6-9 14, Alingdogan 0-2 2-2 2, McDonald 0-0 1-2 1, Buse 3-4 0-0 7, Gray 0-0 0-0 0, Maine 2-3 2-2 7, Lovelace 3-5 4-4 10, Maeda 0-2 0-0 0, Gilbert 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-54 22-31 77.

WARNER PACIFIC (57) — Engen 0-2 3-5 3, Jackson 2-3 0-0 4, Christensen 8-19 1-1 19, Wolff 3-9 1-1 9, Carroll 5-7 0-0 10, Wofford 2-4 1-2 5, Carey 0-0 0-0 0, Campbell 1-1 4-5 6, Lira 0-0 1-2 1, Wood 0-0 0-0 0, Cannon 0-2 0-1 0. Totals 21-47 11-17 57.

Halftime score — Whitman 29, Warner Pacific 28. 3-point goals — Whit 5 (Johns 2, Traver, Buse, Maine), WP 4 (Christensen 2, Wolff 2). Total fouls — Whit 18, WP 26. Fouled out — Whit (Lovelace), WP (Lira). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Whit 42 (White 9), WP 24 (Christensen 5, Carroll 5). Turnovers — Whit 18, WP 14. Assists — Whit 14 (Johns 5, Traver 5), WP 12 (Jackson 4).

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