Whitman women edge Linfield, 69-58

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Whitman women edge Linfield, 69-58

Whitman College defeated Northwest Conference foe Linfield 69-58 Friday at George Ball Court.

Whitman College defeated Northwest Conference foe Linfield 69-58 Friday at George Ball Court.

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College defeated Northwest Conference foe Linfield 69-58 Friday at George Ball Court.

All five Missionary starters scored in double figures, with post Mary Madden leading the way with 16 points.

Whitman’s balanced attack was in sharp contrast to the one-woman show Linfield’s sophomore guard Katelyn Henson put on. She put up 28 points on 13-of-20 shooting and led the team with eight rebounds.

No other Wildcat scored more than six points.

The Missionaries led by just a point, 34-33, at the half but slowly pulled away over the second period.

Whitman never trailed in the second half and led by as much as 12.

The Wildcats outshot Whitman from the field, hitting 54.2 percent (26-of-48) on the night to just 40 percent (25-of-62) from Whitman, but the Missionaries went to the free-throw line more often (13-of-18) and hit more 3s (6-of-18).

Whitman outrebounded Linfield 38-to-26 and took advantage of 14 Wildcat turnovers.

The win is the first in three games for Whitman (5-2 NWC, 12-3 overall) and the first home game for the Missionaries since Dec. 8.

Whitman hosts Willamette Saturday at 6 p.m.

LINFIELD (58) — Mets 2-6 0-0 5, Solomon 1-3 1-2 3, Maltman 2-5 2-3 6, Henson 13-20 0-1 28, Grunwald 0-2 0-0 0, Barton 1-1 0-0 2, Barawis 3-3 0-1 6, Christensen 3-6 0-0 6, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, McMillian 0-1 0-1 0, Martinez 1-1 0-0 7. Totals 26-48 3-8 58.

WHITMAN (59) — Johns 5-9 0-0 10, Traver 4-9 1-2 12, White 4-9 3-4 11, Madden 6-14 2-2 16, Anderegg 2-4 6-8 10, Alindrogan 2-6 0-0 5, McDonald 1-2 0-0 2, Buse 0-1 0-0 0, Maine 0-1 0-0 0, Lovelace 1-7 1-2 3, Gilbert 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-62 13-18 69.

Halftime — Whitman 34-33. 3-point goals — Lin 3-9 (Mets, Henson 2), Whi 6-18 (Traver 3, Madden 2, Alindrogan). Total fouls — Lin 16, Whi 16. Fouled out — Lin (Maltman). Technical fouls — none. Rebounding — Lin 26 (Henson 8), Whi 38 (White 8, Madden 8). Turnovers — Lin 14, Whi 8. Assists — Lin 8 (Barton 2), Whi 16 (Johns 4, Alindrogan 4).

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