Whit women down NWC rival Pirates

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WALLA WALLA — In a tight game that featured 19 lead changes in the second half alone, Whitman College overcame its own shooting woes to secure a 62-57 Northwest Conference women’s basketball victory over rival Whitworth Tuesday night at Sherwood Center.

In the process, the Missionaries remained undefeated and solidified, if not enhanced, their No. 3 position in the NCAA Division III national rankings. Whitman will take a 16-0 overall record and a 7-0 NWC mark into Friday night’s home game against Lewis & Clark.

Whitman sank just 22-of-61 shots from the floor, 36 percent, and they were an icy 1-for-10 from 3-point distance. The Missionaries pulled out the win by sinking 17-of-27 free throws, outrebounding the Pirates 44-40 and forcing 15 turnovers while giving up the ball just nine times.

“Any time you play in a game like that, you have to rise to the occasion,” Whitman coach Michelle Ferenz said. “I think we felt a little bit of pressure tonight, and we weren’t quite ourselves on offense.

“But (Whitworth’s) a good team,” she added. “You can’t take anything away from them. They’re always a tough team and (Whitworth head coach) Helen (Higgs) is a good friend. I always know it is gonna be a tough one. It was a great game.”

Heather Johns led the way offensively for Whitman with 20 points. Alysse Ketner came off the bench to score 13 points and Sarah Anderegg turned in a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Another Whitman reserve, Hailey Ann Maeda, was a key contributor with nine rebounds.

KC McConnell was a force for the Pirates with 18 points and seven rebounds, both team-high totals. Her second 3-pointer of the game gave Whitworth a 57-55 lead with 2:27 remaining.

But a layup by Anderegg knotted the score and Alyssa Ketner’s free throw put Whitman on top to stay with 1:09 to play. Two more free throws, one each by Ketner and Johns, upped Whitman’s lead to 60-57 with 23 seconds remaining, and Anderegg connected twice from the line with two seconds on the clock to seal the victory.

“I feel like we’ve had a lot of these games,” Johns said. “There have been several where we’ve had to come from behind. I’m comfortable in these kinds of games. You’re nervous, but it was fun.”

WHITMAN 62, WHITWORTH 57

WHITWORTH (57) — Lyons 3-8 2-2 9, Lahue 2-5 0-0 5, Zappone 1-4 3-3 5, Johnson 3-9 2-3 9, McConnell 5-15 6-6 18, McLeod 0-0 0-0 0, Kramer 1-3 0-1 2, Knutsen 1-4 0-0 2, Belton-Sharp 3-7 0-0 7, Maley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-55 13-15 57

WHITMAN (62) — Anderegg 3-11 6-7 12, White 2-5 0-0 4, Traver 2-10 3-4 8, McDonald 0-1 0-0 0, Johns 9-17 2-5 20, Maeda 0-3 0-0 0, Ketner 4-8 5-9 13, Brewer 1-4 0-0 2, Buse 1-1 0-0 2, Alindogan 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 22-61 17-27 62.

Halftime — Whitman 30, Whitworth 27. 3-point goals — Whitworth 6-19 (Lyons 1-3, Lahue 1-2, Zappone 0-3, Johnson 1-2, McConnell 2-5, Knutsen 0-1, Belton-Sharp 1-3), Whitman 1-10 (Andergegg 0-1, Traver 1-7, Johns 0-1, Brewer 0-1). Total fouls — Whitworth 22, Whitman 16. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Whitman 44 (Anderegg 10), Whitworth 44 (McConnell 7). Turnovers — Whitworth 15, Whitman 9. Assists — Whitworth 9 (Lahue 2, Zappone 2, Johnson 2), Whitman 7 (Traver 3).

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