WALLA WALLA - Jennifer Keyes and Sarah Anderegg came off the bench to score 12 points apiece as Whitman College rolled over La Sierra 74-45 in non-conference basketball action Monday night in Sherwood Center.
Whitman (4-7) sent 14 players into the game and all but one scored.
La Sierra, an NAIA independent from Riverside, Calif., slipped to 3-22 on the season.
Whitman, which led 37-22 at halftime, hit nine of 21 3-point shots, made 15 of 16 attempts from the free thow line and out-rebounded the Eagles by a 40-33 margin.
Monday's game was close through the first 10 minutes, which ended with Whitman on top 18-16. But Shiann Dreadfulwater drained a three to trigger a 19-6 run over the next 10 minutes that had the Missionaries in firm control by the break.
The closing rush prior to intermission included three straight buckets from Anderegg and a pair of 3-point bombs from Keyes. The second of her long-distance strikes was a buzzer-beating running heave from well outside the 3-point stripe.
La Sierra briefly closed to within 13 points early in the second half, but Kelly Peterson and Mary Madden combined for 11 quick points to give Whitman a 52-30 cushion with 14:32 left to play.
La Sierra's Natalia Hawthorne countered with back-to-back threes, but a 13-5 response from the Missionaries buried whatever hopes the visitors harbored for a late-game rally. Keyes connected on her fourth 3-pointer of the night and Anderegg added six points to the game-clinching spurt.
Whitman's reserves finished the night outscoring the five starters by a 40-34 margin. The starters had their moments, however.
Peterson finished with nine points and four rebounds while point guard Jenele Peterson (no relation) had nine points and four assists.
Madden called it a night with a game-high eight rebounds and six points. Sophomore Meghan White hit the boards for seven rebounds and also chipped in with six points.
Tiffanie Traver handed out five assists to go with four points and three rebounds.
White, Dreadfulwater, Anderegg and Jenele Peterson each blocked a shot.
While Keyes was four of six from beyond the 3-point arc, five of her teammates also rang the long-distance bell. Both Petersons hit the bull's-eye, as did Dreadfulwater and two more reserves, Emilie Gilbert and Marah Alindogan.
In making 15 of 16 free throws, Whitman had seven different players go two for two at the line.
As a team, Whitman is shooting 78.2 percent from the charity stripe on the season, which tops the NWC and leads the next-best team by nearly six percentage points.
Ashley Baumgaertel, a 6-foot-1 senior, had a strong night for the Eagles. She made nine of 15 shots from the floor in scoring 18 points and snaring seven rebounds. Hawthorne finished with 10 La Sierra points.
Jenele Peterson opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and White added a jumper to give Whitman an early 5-0 lead. The Missionaries never trailed.
Whitman returns to Northwest Conference play this weekend with two games in Tacoma, Wash. It plays at Puget Sound Friday and Pacific Lutheran on Saturday. Both games start at 6 p.m.
Peterson needs just eight points this weekend to become the 13th player in the history of Whitman women's basketball to reach the 1,000-point plateau in career scoring.
Whitman 74, La Sierra 45
LA SIERRA (45) - Baumgaertel 9-15 0-0 18; Hawthorne 3-10 2-2 10; Patterson 2-2 1-1 5; Jones 2-7 0-0 4; Walker 2-7 0-0 4; Schmitz 0-0 2-2 2; Stitt 0-0 2-5 2; Lowe 0-6 0-0 0; Williams 0-2 0-1 0; Bustamante 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 18-54 7-11 45.
WHITMAN (74) - Keyes 4-6 0-0 12; Anderegg 5-7 2-2 12; Peterson 4-10 0-0 9; Peterson 3-6 2-2 9; White 2-5 2-2 6; Madden 2-7 2-2 6; Traver 1-4 2-2 4; Alindogan 1-1 1-2 4; Dreadfulwater 1-3 0-0 3; Gilbert 1-2 0-0 3; Buse 1-2 0-0 2; Forge 0-2 2-2 2; Lovelace 0-2 2-2 2; Gray 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-58 15-16 74.
Halftime - Whitman 37-22; 3-point goals - La Sierra 2-9 (Hawthorne 2-6; Lowe 0-3), Whitman 9-21 (Keyes 4-6; Peterson 1-3; Gilbert 1-2; Dreadfulwater 1-2; Alindogan 1-1; Peterson 1-3; Buse 0-1; Traver 0-3). Fouled out - none. Rebounds - La Sierra 33 (Baumgaertel 7), Whitman 40 (Madden 8). Assists - La Sierra 5 (Jones 3), Whitman 18 (Traver 5). Total fouls - La Sierra 14, Whitman 16. Technical fouls - none.