Missionary women thrash Lutes with authority

Whitman has three players break double digits and everyone gets to play in the 64-42 victory.

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Whitman's Marah Alindogan battles with PLU's Allie Hamilton in front of the Missionary cheering section.

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Whitman's Anna Forge puts her feet up in the air and tries to stop her skid out of bounds after a battle for a loose ball with PLU's Katelyn Smith.

WALLA WALLA - Rebounding from two straight losses (71-69 to second place Lewis and Clark, and 82-51 to first place George Fox), Whitman bounced back here Friday in women's Northwest Conference basketball action.

The Missionaries played everyone, had three players in double digits - Jenele Peterson with 12, Tiffani Traver with 11, and Anna Forge with 10 - and were never threatened on their way to a 64-42 win over Pacific Lutheran.

"We came out ready to go," Missionary coach Michelle Ferenz said. "This is a big weekend for us. We went down and lost last week end to Fox and LC, who are (No.) 1 and 2 in conference. This weekend, we have the Tacoma schools coming to us and it's important that we take care of business."

Peterson drove the lane and put Whitman up 2-0 40 seconds into the game. She then dished to Mary Madden and hit a jumper. Peterson had two dishes to Tiffani Traver, who converted both of them. Traver's second score produced a 10-4 Missionary lead with four minutes gone in the game.

Whitman held the Lutes to 6-of-27 shooting from the field over the first 20 minutes, and only two Lutes scored. The Lutes' Katelyn Smith scored six and Samantha Potter scored nine of her game-high 15 points.

At the other end, Whitman hit 16-of-33, Forge, Peterson, and Traver each had eight, and the Missionaries went to intermission up 34-15.

"A lot of kids played very well," Ferenz said. "Defensively and rebounding wise (24-15 rebounding edge at the half and 48-28 for the game), I thought we did what we needed to do. Offensively, at times, we weren't great, but we made up for it with some really good defense."

Whitman hit four of its first 12 shots to open the second half, but Shelly Kilcup scored six, Sara Backstrom scored five, and Potter added two more for PLU as the Lutes out scored the Missionaries 13-9 over the first seven minutes and cut the Missionary lead to 45-28 with 13 minutes left.

"They (PLU) are a young team but they have two of the better scorers (Kilcup and Potter) in the conference," Ferenz said. "Those two kids can score. You're not going to shut them down, but you've got to slow them down. The (Whitman) kids did a good job of helping (on defense). So to hold them to 42, I'll take that."

A steal and coast-to-coast drive by Forge, and consecutive buckets from Hallie Buse and Peterson righted the Missionary ship and jumped the lead to 51-30 with 10 minutes left.

The Missionaries, who played without Shiann Dreadfulwater and Jennifer Keyes, both of whom are out with concussion injuries, got scoring from nine players and improved to 7-4 in conference.

"That (win) was one we needed," Ferenz said. "We're battling it out for third place and we get (Puget Sound) tomorrow (Saturday)."

Friday's win coupled with Whitworth's defeat (69-61) over UPS, tied Whitman and UPS at 7-4 for third place heading to Saturday's tie-breaker.

Whitman 64, Pacific Lutheran 42

PACIFIC LUTHERAN (42) - Backstrom 2-7 0-0 5, Bieker 0-7 0-0 0, Kilcup 3-10 2-2 9, Smith 3-9 2-4 8, Potter 5-10 5-6 15, Hamilton 1-1 0-0 2, Schorno 0-0 2-2 2, Sherman 0-0 1-2 1, Adams 0-4 0-0 0, Sandsdalen 0-0 0-0 0, Swope 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 14-51 12-16 42.

WHITMAN (64) - Traver 5-10 0-2 11, J. Peterson 5-9 1-2 12, White 1-3 1-2 3, K. Peterson 0-4 0-2 0, Madden 4-7 0-0 9, Alindogan 2-5 0-1 5, Buse 2-6 0-0 5, Gray 0-0 0-0 0, Lovelace 1-3 0-0 2, Anderegg 3-6 1-2 7, Forge 5-9 0-0 10, Gilbert 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-62 3-11 64.

Halftime - Whitman 34-15. 3-point goals - PLU 2-8 (Backstrom 1-2, Bieker 0-1, Kilcup 1-4, Smith 0-1), Whitm 5-16 (Traver 1-4, J. Peterson 1-3, K. Peterson 0-1, Madden 1-1, Alindogan 1-4, Buse 1-2, Forge 0-1). Total fouls - PLU 12, Whitm 16. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - PLU 28 (Potter 14), Whitm 48 (White 10). Turnovers - PLU 17, Whitm 17. Assists - PLU 9 (Backstrom 3), Whitm 21 (J. Peterson 7).

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