Whitman wraps up successful season with win

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WALLA WALLA - With senior Jenele Peterson becoming the seventh player in school history to reach 1,200 career points, Whitman College clipped a bow on its best regular season in nearly a decade with a 75-51 basketball victory over Willamette Friday night in Sherwood Center.

Winning for 13th time in 15 games since the start of the calendar year, Whitman finished in third place in the Northwest Conference standings with a 12-4 record (16-9 overall).

Whitman travels to Portland on Thursday for a first-round playoff game against second-place Lewis & Clark.

A victory in that game means the Missionaries would play next Saturday for the NWC's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III national championship field.

While Whitman plays at Lewis & Clark next Thursday, first-place George Fox hosts fourth-place Puget Sound in that night's other first-round game.

Peterson was one of three Whitman seniors honored immediately after tonight's game. Also recognized in the post-game ceremony were Jenn Keyes and Anna Forge.

All three seniors had an impact on the game, which Whitman controlled from the outset. The Missionaries led 40-24 at halftime and continued to pull away in the second stanza, leading by as many as 32 points.

Peterson finished with a team-high 19 points, elevating her career scoring total to 1,205 points, moving her into a tie with 1990 graduate Julie Slocum for seventh place on the all-time Missionary scoring list.

Peterson, who leads the NWC this season in assists, handed out seven more helpers in her final home game. She already ranks second all-time at Whitman in career assists.

Forge contributed 11 points and seven rebounds while Keyes, one of the top 3-point shooters in the NWC for the past four seasons, hit once from long distance.

Tiffani Traver, who added 15 points for the Missionaries, had a perfect shooting night, hitting all three of her 3-point shots and both of her 2-point tries while going two-for-two from the free throw line.

Mary Madden with 13 points gave Whitman a fourth player in double figures.

Whitman shot 50.9 percent from the floor for the night and outrebounded the Bearcats 39-33. Meghan White picked off seven boards to share game-high honors with Forge. First-year center Heather Lovelace came off the bench for five rebounds.

Whitman's 12-4 NWC regular season record is its best since the 2003-04 season, when the Missionaries went 13-3 and won a share of the conference title.

Whitman 75, Willamette 51

WILLAMETTE (51) - Westermann 8-15 5-6 21, McFaddin 3-10 1-4 8, Brand 1-4 5-5 7; Josephson 2-5 2-3 6, Nordlien 2-3 0-0 4, Faehnrich 1-1 0-0 3, Lamson 0-1 2-4 2, DeLong 0-3 0-0 0, Beeson 0-1 0-1 0, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Rabih 0-4 0-1 0, Wilson 0-2 0-2 0, Mau 0-0 0-0 0, Kalugin 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 17-51 15-28 51.

WHITMAN (75) - J. Peterson 6-11 7-9 19, Traver 5-5 2-2 15, Madden 5-8 3-6 13, Forge 5-9 1-1 11, Buse 2-6 0-0 4, K. Peterson 2-3 0-1 4, Keyes 1-5 0-0 3, White 1-4 0-0 2, Gray 1-1 0-0 2, Lovelace 1-4 0-0 2, Gilbert 0-1 0-0 0, Alindogan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-57 13-19 75.

Whitman 40, Willamette 24. 3-point goals - Wil 2-6 (Faehnrich 1-1, McFaddin 1-2, DeLong 0-2, Wilson 0-1), Whit 4-12 (Traver 3-3, Keyes 1-5, Buse 0-2, Gilbert 0-1, J. Peterson 0-1). Fouled out - none. Rebounds - Wil 33 (Westermann 11, Kaileigh 11), Whit 39 (Forge 7, White 7). Assists - Wil 3 (Rabih 1, McFaddin 1, DeLong 1), Whit 16 (J. Peterson 7). Total fouls - Wil 19, Whit 21. Technical fouls - none.

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