Whitman women challenged by Lutes

Whitman's Alysse Ketner (at left) and Sarah Anderegg (at right) fight for the loose ball in the Missionaries' game against Pacific Lutheran University at Whitman College on Saturday.

Whitman's Alysse Ketner (at left) and Sarah Anderegg (at right) fight for the loose ball in the Missionaries' game against Pacific Lutheran University at Whitman College on Saturday.

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Whitman's Heather Johns goes up for a layup in Whitman's win against Pacific Lutheran University at Whitman College.

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Whitman's Gabriella McGann (at left), Alysse Ketner (middle) and Chelsi Brewer (at right) react to taking the lead in a close game against Pacific Lutheran University at Whitman College.

WALLA WALLA — The No. 4 ranked Whitman women’s basketball team scored the final seven points of overtime Saturday night and escaped with a 68-61 victory over gallant Pacific Lutheran in a Northwest Conference women’s basketball game on George Ball Court at Sherwood Center.

The Missionaries’ records edged up to 4-0 in the league and 13-0 overall.

Whitman started its weekend homestand Friday with an 84-62 win over Puget Sound as Heather Johns scored 19 points and Sarah Anderegg eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau in the final season of her collegiate career.

Whitman tumbled out of the gate against the Lutes, managing only a single basket during the first seven minutes of the first half — a Tiffani Traver three-pointer at the 19:06 mark.

That, combined with a half-dozen points from post Samantha Potter, helped PLU build a 9-3 lead.

The Missionaries bounced back with a 9-0 run during a two-minute, 47-second span. Two points each from freshman Chelsi Brewer, junior Heather Johns, freshman Alysse Ketner, and senior Meghan White contributed to a 12-9 Whitman edge with 10:01 left before halftime.

But the Lutes ended the half with 20 points compared to only nine for the Missionaries, which helped them seize an eight-point lead, 29-21, into intermission.

Whitman connected on just 28 percent (8-of-29) of its first-half field-goal tries.

Pacific Lutheran lengthened its advantage to 12 by the 18:20 mark of the half two before the Missionaries scraped together an 8-0 run over the next three-plus minutes. Four points from Johns and a Traver trey, at the 15:05 mark, were key.

Whitman tied the game at 46-46 on a Johns’ drive with 8:09 to go.

Ketner put the Missionaries up by two, 48-46, on a putback with 7:12 remaining.

The Lutes scored the next seven points, the last three on a Kilcup trey with 5:32 to go, that put PLU up by five, 53-48.

With PLU up 55-50, Whitman tallied six consecutive points reclaim the lead. Two freebies by Johns with 2:59 on the clock made it 56-55.

Chrissy Swope stroked a two-point bucket from the top of the key with 1:12 remaining to give the edge back to the Lutes, 57-56.

Traver brought the Missionaries even at 57-57 on a free throw with 59.4 seconds left.

Each team had a chance for victory in the final minute, but were unable to convert.

With the score deadlocked at 61-61, the Missionaries began a 7-0 surge that covered the final 1:33 of O.T. Sophomore Hailey Ann Maeda put back a miss to commence the run, Anderegg dropped in a jumper from outside the top of the key with 32.6 seconds to go, and three free throws in the last 15.7 seconds ended the scoring.

Johns led Whitman with 18 points while Anderegg posted a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

“We had a off-night offensively,” Whitman coach Michelle Ferenz said. “We missed shots we should have made. We never got in a rhythm offensively.

“We didn’t play very well, it wasn’t pretty, but we found a way to eke it out,” Ferenz said.

Johns scored 19 points in Whitman’s win over UPS on Friday.

Traver added 15 points for the Missionaries. Anderegg and Meghan White also hit double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Anderegg drained two free throws a third of the way through the second half to reach 1,000 career points.

“As long as we’re winning and having fun, that’s all that matters,” Anderegg said. “Everything else is icing on the cake.”

Whitman takes to the road next weekend for NWC games at Linfield on Friday and George Fox Saturday.

WHITMAN 84, UPS 62

UPS (62) — Sheldon 4-8 2-2 10, Agcaoili 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Forshay 3-12 4-4 10, Ainslie 3-9 3-4 9, Noren 1-2 2-2 4, Holland 0-2 0-0 0, Roberts 1-5 0-0 3, Lekson 3-5 1-3 7, Bays 0-0 0-0 0, Stumbaugh 2-4 1-1 5, Dixon 0-1 0-0 0, Wyszynski 3-8 2-2 8, Miller 2-2 0-0 4, Bridges 0-0 0-0 0, Moller 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-65 15-18 62.

WHITMAN (84) — Johns 4-9 11-15 19, Traver 6-7 0-0 15, Mcdonald 3-3 2-2 9, White 4-10 2-4 10, Anderegg 5-10 3-3 13, Alindogan 1-1 2-2 4, Buse 0-0 0-0 0, Gray 0-0 0-0 0, Ketner 1-2 3-5 5, McGann 0-1 2-2 2, Maeda 2-6 1-2 5, Brewer 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 27-50 26-35 84.

Halftime score — Whitman 37, UPS 26. 3-point goals — UPS — 1-13 (Roberts 1), Whitman 4-8 (Traver 3). Total fouls — UPS 24, Whitman 19. Fouled out — UPS (Agcaoili, Forshay). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — UPS 26 (Ainslie 9), Whitman 45 (Johns 9, White 9). Turnovers — UPS 11, Whitman 19. Assists — UPS 11 (Agcaoili 3, Forshay 3), Whitman 12 (Traver 3, Mcdonald 3).

WHITMAN 68, PLU 61

PLU (61) — Abdo 1-8 4-6 6, Potter 9-18 6-9 24, Barnes 1-6 0-2 2, Kilcup 6-15 3-6 17, Smith 4-9 0-1 8, Sherman 1-3 0-0 2, Talen 0-1 0-0 0, Adams 0-0 0-0 0, Coltom 0-0 0-0 0, Edgers 0-1 0-0 0, Swope 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 23-64 12-20 61.

WHITMAN (68) — Johns 6-20 6-11 18, Traver 4-10 5-6 15, Mcdonald 0-4 2-4 2, White 3-4 1-4 7, Anderegg 4-11 9-11 17, Buse 0-0 0-0 0, Gray 0-0 0-0 0, Ketner 2-5 1-2 5, Maeda 1-7 0-0 2, Brewer 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 21-63 24-38 68.

Halftime score — PLU 29, Whitman 21. 3-point goals — PLU 3-10 (Kilcup 3), Whitman 2-13 (Traver 2). Total fouls — PLU 25, Whitman 19. Fouled out — PLU (Smith, Swope). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — PLU 38 (Potter 9), Whitman 47 (Anderegg 12). Turnovers — PLU 16, Whitman 11. Assists — PLU 8 (Abdo 5), Whitman 5 (Johns 3).

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