No. 3 ranked Whit Women roll to 21 in row

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TACOMA, Wash. — Heather Johns scored a game-high 23 points to lead No. 3 nationally-ranked and Northwest Conference-leading Whitman women’s team to a 76-64 victory against Puget Sound on Saturday night in the UPS Fieldhouse.

Saturday’s win — number 21 this year — broke the program record set last season at 20-4.

“This group keeps raising the bar,” Head Coach Michelle Ferenz said.

In the victory, Johns made 6-of-13 shots from the floor and sank 11 of her 13 free throw attempts as Whitman improved to 12-0 in the NWC and 21-0 overall.

Sarah Anderegg and Tiffani Traver provided added punch to the Missionary offense with 19 and 15 points, respectively. The two combined for 11-of-22 shooting from the floor and connected on nine freebies in 12 tries. Traver only added to her impressive night with three 3-pointers on six attempts.

As a team, Whitman shot a respectable 44 percent (25-of-57) from the field and 74 percent (23-for-31) from the charity stripe.

The Loggers slipped to 6-6 and 13-8 with the loss.

Both teams enjoyed five-point leads in a hotly-contested first half. The Missionaries — who built a pair of five-point cushions through the first half — jumped out to a 5-0 lead on a Traver trey with 18:48 on the clock.

UPS responded with its own five-point lead at 20-15 on an Alexis Noren layup at the 9:47 mark.

Whitman used a 13-3 run over the next six minutes to claim a 28-23 lead. Anderegg capped the spurt with a jumper three minutes before halftime.

The Loggers rallied to tie the game at 28-28, but it would be the Missionaries taking a one-point edge, 33-32, into halftime.

Whitman busted the game open with a 9-0 surge over a 4:32 stretch after intermission. Alysse Ketner sank a free throw to put the Missionaries in front, 53-43, with 11:05 left.

Whitman’s margin grew to 16, 67-51, on a Meghan White lay in with just over four minutes to go.

“UPS played well and a lot of things did not go our way,” Ferenz said. “We made adjustments and got ourselves a buffer. They were pressuring hard in the first half. We were better (offensively) in the second half. We rebounded better. This (UPS Fieldhouse) is a hard place to win.” On Friday, the Missionaries displaced Pacific Lutheran with relative ease.

Whitman jumped out to a nine-point lead in just nine minutes and never relinquished its lead, winning 76-46.

Johns led the way on Friday, as she tallied a game-high 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. Johns finished 10-of-14 from the field.

Behind her, Anderegg added 13, White came up with 12 and Chelsi Brewer came off the bench to score 12.

The Missionaries stage their final homestand of the regular season next weekend. They host second-place George Fox on Friday and Linfield on Saturday.

Ferenz was concise when asked about the season finale.

“They’ll be ready and so will we. It will be senior weekend. A big weekend,” she said.

WHITMAN 76, PACIFIC LUTHERAN 46

WHITMAN (76) — Johns 10-14 0-1 20, Anderegg 6-9 1-1 13, White 5-7 2-2 12, Traver 1-6 0-1 3, Mcdonald 0-1 0-0 0, Brewer 3-6 5-6 12, Ketner 2-3 3-4 7, Maeda 3-5 0-0 6, Gray 1-4 1-2 3, Alindogan 0-0 0-2 0, Buse 0-0 0-0 0, McGann 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-55 12-19 76.

PACIFIC LUTHERAN (46) — Smith 5-11 0-3 10, Abdo 3-8 1-4 9, Kilcup 4-11 0-0 8, Potter 2-11 2-3 6, Barnes 1-2 0-0 2, Edgers 3-4 1-2 7, Castor 1-3 0-0 2, Talen 1-2 0-0 2, Frigaard 0-1 0-0 0, Cook 0-0 0-0 0, Sherman 0-1 0-0 0, Adams 0-2 0-0 0, Coltom 0-1 0-0 0, Swope 0-3 0-1 0. Totals 20-60 4-13 46.

Halftime score — Whit 37, PLU 18. 3-point goals — Whit 2 (Traver, Brewer), PLU 2 (Abdo 2). Total fouls — Whit 18, PLU 18. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Total rebounds — Whit 37 (Johns 7), PLU 38 (Smith 9, Potter 9). Turnovers — Whit 15, PLU 19. Assists — Whit 11 (Johns 2, White 2, Traver 2, Mcdonald 2, Maeda 2), PLU 13 (Coltom 3).

WHITMAN 76, PUGET SOUND 64

WHITMAN (76) — Johns 6-13 11-13 23, Anderegg 6-14 7-9 19, Traver 5-8 2-3 15, White 3-8 0-0 6, Mcdonald 2-4 0-0 4, Maeda 2-4 1-2 5, Ketner 1-5 1-2 3, Brewer 0-1 1-2 1, Alindogan 0-0 0-0 0, Buse 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-57 23-31 76.

PUGET SOUND (64) — Forshay 8-17 3-4 20, Ainslie 5-12 1-1 11, Sheldon 3-11 2-4 8, Agcaoili 1-6 0-0 2, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Noren 2-9 7-10 11, Lekson 3-8 1-1 7, Stumbaugh 2-3 0-0 5, Roberts 0-0 0-0 0, Wyszynski 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-69 14-20 64.

Halftime score — Whit 33, UPS 32. 3-point goals — Whit 3 (Traver 3), UPS 2 (Forshay, Stumbaugh). Total fouls — Whit 18, UPS 22. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Total rebounds — Whit 37 (Anderegg 10), UPS 47 (Noren 12). Turnovers — Whit 14, UPS 18. Assists — Whit 10 (Johns 4), UPS 5 (Ainslie 2).

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