Whitman women finish undefeated

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PORTLAND — The Northwest Conference’s leading scorer did her part to help No. 2 Whitman claim a piece of league history on Saturday night.

Heather Johns scored a game-high 28 points and made 12-of-20 shots from the field as the Missionaries completed an undefeated run through their conference schedule with a 77-70 victory over Lewis & Clark at the Pamplin Sports Center.

“It’s not easy,” Whitman coach Michelle Ferenz said of the NWC grind. “It’s a good conference. It is a credit to this group of young women. They’re finding different ways to win basketball games. This time of year, you want to keep winning.”

Whitman joins George Fox as the only NWC teams to get through league play with a perfect mark. The Missionaries take a 25-0 overall record into next week’s Northwest Conference tournament. Whitman hosts Puget Sound in Thursday’s opening round at a time yet to be determined.

Three other Missionary starters hit double figures on Saturday. Meghan White and Hailey Mcdonald scored 13 points apiece and Sarah Anderegg added 10.

“Sarah got into foul trouble and missed a good part of the first half,” Ferenz said. “We tried to protect her a litte bit in the second half.”

The Pioneers had an early 7-6 edge when Whitman used a 21-8 scoring run over a stretch of eight minutes, 38 seconds to craft a 12-point lead, 27-15. Johns, who tallied eight points during the surge, started the spurt with a jumper at the 16:57 mark and brought it to a productive end with a layup 8:19 before halftime.

“We did a little bit of everything,” Ferenz said. “The kids did a good job of attacking what they gave us. We had good ball movement. One of our (other) trademarks is to be able to use our defense to generate our offense.”

Lewis & Clark outscored the Missionaries 12-6 the remainder of the period and went into intermission down by only six, 33-27.

Anderegg put the Missionaries up by 18, 59-41, after converting a three-point play with 9:06 remaining.

The Pioneers got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

“Every time they made a play, our kids had an answer,” Ferenz said. “Every time they punched, we counter-punched. We have weathered so many runs and won so many games down the stretch that (we) don’t get rattled.”

WHITMAN 77, LEWIS AND CLARK 70

WHITMAN (77)— Anderegg 4-6 2-3 10, White 6-11 1-2 13, Johns 12-20 4-4 28, Traver 0-3 0-0 0, McDonald 4-6 2-3 13, Alindogan 0-1 0-0 0, Buse 0-1 0-09 0, Ketner 2-6 1-2 5, Ann maeda 1-4 1-2 3, Brewer 2-2 0-0 5. Totals 31-60 11-17.

L&C (70) — Rodriguez 1-3 0-0 2, Dean 1-6 0-0 2, K. Anderson 4-10 4-4 15, Buecherie 0-1 0-0 0, Howe 1-4 0-0 2, Afolabi 2-7 7-10 11, S. Anderson 0-3 0-0 0, Zinn 10-16 7-7 29, Mathewson 0-1 1-2 1, Wang 1-1 0-0 2, DeHart 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 23-57 19-23.

Halftime — Whitman 33-27. 3-point goals — Whit 4-11 (Anderegg 0-1, Traver 0-2, McDonald 3-4, Ketner 0-3, Brewer 0-1); L&C 5-16 (Dean 0-1, K. Anderson 3-4, Beucherie 0-1, Howe 0-1, S. Anderson 0-2, Zinn 2-6, Mathewson 0-1). Total fouls — Whit 19, L&C 16. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Whit 36 (Johns 11), L&C 34 (Zinn 11). Assists — Whit 15 (Johns 4), L&C 13. Turnovers — Whit 15, L&C 13.

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