No. 19 Whitman women fall to rival Whitworth, 59-56

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SPOKANE — Despite outrebounding the Pirates 52-34, the Whitman women’s basketball team suffered its first Northwest Conference loss of the season at Whitworth, 59-56, Tuesday night.

The loss drops the No. 19-ranked Missionaries to 4-1 in conference and 12-2 on the season.

With the victory, Whitworth improves to 3-2 in the NWC, 10-4 on the season.

The 56 points for the Missionaries is their lowest scoring output of the season, their previous low of 58 coming in their only other loss, an overtime affair at Eastern Oregon University.

The Pirates held off two Whitman threats in a tightly contested game that saw the Bucs lead by no more than seven at any time in the second half.

Whitworth looked to pull away when Emily Travis hit a jumper to give Whitworth a 46-39 advantage with 6:01 left to play, but the Missionaries ripped off seven straight to pull even with 4:27 on the clock when Sarah Anderegg converted a layup, following two free-throws of her own, a freebie from Heather Johns and a Johns layup that ignited the run.

Travis hit a pair of free-throws moments later to give Whitworth the lead again at 48-46 and the Pirates were able to stretch their lead back out to six with less than a minute to play.

Mary Madden drilled a 3-pointer for Whitman to cut the lead to three, 57-54, with 37 seconds left on the clock.

Kendra Knutsen was fouled. She made the first, but missed the second, and the Missionaries had the ball with 29 seconds left, down by four. They were off the mark on their first two shots. After a second offensive rebound, Madden sank a jumper, but only 8 tickes remained.

Travis was fouled and made one free throw to provide the final margin.

Travis equaled Anderegg for game-high honors with 18 points. She was the only Pirate to hit double-figures. Johnson tallied 9.

The Missionaries complete their toughest stretch of the season when they play their fourth consecutive road game over an eight-day period at George Fox at 4 p.m. Saturday.

WHITWORTH 59, WHITMAN 56

WHITMAN (56) — White 1-3 0-0 2, Madden 4-5 0-0 9, Anderegg 3-8 12-16 18, Johns 3-16 4-6 10, Traver 2-5 4-4 9, Alindogan 1-4 0-0 2, Buse 0-4 0-0 0, Maine 0-0 0-0 0, Lovelace 1-5 0-0 2, Ann Maeda 0-0 4-4 4. Totals 15-50 4-4 56.

WHITWORTH (59) — Lyons 1-4 0-0 2, Lahue 1-7 2-2 5, Picha 1-5 2-2 5, Guthrie 1-6 2-2 5, Johnson 3-7 3-4 9, McConnell 1-7 0-0 3, Knutsen 2-5 4-6 9, Travis 6-12 5-8 18, Fleming 0-2 0-0 0, Belton-Sharp 0-4 3-4 3. Totals 16-59 21-28 59.

Halftime score — Whitman 29-28. 3-point goals — Whitman 2-9 (Madden 1-2, Johns 0-2, Traver 1-3, Alindogan 0-1, Buse 0-1), Whitworth 6-21 (Lahue 1-3, Picha 1-3, Guthrie 1-4, Johnson 0-2, McConnell 1-2, Knutsen 1-2, Fleming 1-2, Belton-Sharp 0-3). Total fouls — Whitman 20, Whitworth 21. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Whitman 52 (White 10), Whitworth 34 (Travis 5). Assists — Whitman 9 (Johns 3), Whitworth 7. Turnovers — Whitman 22, Whitworth 11.

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