Missionaries cap weekend with win

The Whitman women move into third with a 66-59 victory over Puget Sound.

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WALLA WALLA - Jenele Peterson contributed 19 points, five assists and three steals as Whitman College survived a late scare and polished off a season sweep of Puget Sound with a 66-59 Northwest Conference victory Saturday night in Sherwood Center.

Whitman, improving to 8-4 in the NWC and 12-9 overall, also took sole ownership of third place in the conference standings, dropping the Loggers to 7-5 and 11-10.

The victory was the latest step in a mid-season surge that has lifted Whitman to nine triumphs in 11 games since the start of the calendar year.

Puget Sound, losing for the fourth time in seven games, trailed 35-23 at intermission and saw its deficit deepen to 16 points at 51-35 by the midway point of the second half.

The Loggers hit six times from behind the 3-point arc, to draw within 55-52 with 3:56 to play.

Peterson stepped into a three from the right wing, pumping some breathing room back into Whitman's lead.

With 1:22 remaining, Puget Sound's Jocelyn Riordan hit one of two free throws to make it a 59-55 contest.

Kelly and Jenele Peterson hit four times from the charity stripe in the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.

Kelly Peterson finished with 12 points. Meghan White grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and scored eight points.

The Loggers shot just 32.2 percent from the floor but canned eight of 23 attempts from the 3-point line to threaten late.

Olivia Roberts jumped off the Puget Sound pine to hit all four of her second-half three-point tries. In addition to 12 points from Roberts, the Loggers got 17 points and eight rebounds from Amanda Forshay and 11 points and eight boards from Sarah Stewart.

Whitman makes its final road trip of the regular season next weekend, playing games in western Oregon at Pacific on Friday and Linfield on Saturday.

Whitman 66, Puget Sound 59

PUGET SOUND (59) - Forshay 6-12 4-5 17, Roberts 4-6 0-0 12, Stewart 4-12

2-2 11, Riordan 2-9 2-6 7, McKinnis 1-8 2-2 5, Agcaioili 1-5 0-0 2, Layland 1-3 0-1 2, Lowe 0-1 2-2 2,

Stumbaugh 0-2 1-2 1, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, O'Connor 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-59 13-20 59.

WHITMAN (66) - Peterson 6-15 6-7 19, Peterson 3-8 4-4 12, White 4-9 0-1 8, Traver 3-10 1-2 8, Buse 3-5 0-0 7, Anderegg 3-5 0-1 6, Lovelace 2-4 0-0 4, Forge 1-2 0-0 2, Madden 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 25-61 11-15 66.

Halftime - Whitman 35-23. 3-point goals - UPS 8-23 (Roberts 4-4, McKinnis 1-4, Riordan 1-4, Forshay 1-6, Stewart 1-3, Stumbaugh 0-1, Agcaioili 0-1), Whitm 5-13 (K. Peterson 2-5, Traver 1-2, J. Peterson 1-4, Buse 1-2). Totals Fouls - UPS 17, Whitm 19. Fouled out - Whitm (Forge). Technical Fouls - none. Rebounds - UPS 44 (Forshay 8, Stewart 8), Whitm 40 (White 9, Anderegg 9). Assists - UPS 8 (McKinnis 3), Whitm 15 (J. Peterson 5).

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