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Pirate Women Come Up Short At Whitman

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The Missionaries bested the Pirates in Walla Walla on Tuesday night. The Missionaries bested the Pirates in Walla Walla on Tuesday night.

by Whitworth University Sports Information

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The Whitworth University women’s basketball team battled hard, but came up short at No. 3 Whitman, falling 62-57 in Northwest Conference action at the Sherwood Center on Tuesday evening.

Whitworth falls to 11-5 on the season, 5-2 in Northwest Conference action, while Whitman improves to 16-0 overall, 7-0 in the NWC.

Whitworth controlled the opening tip and jumped out to an 8-0 lead on free throws from senior Jamie Lyons and three-pointers from sophomore KC McConnell and senior Kendra Lahue. The Pirates led 11-2 before a nine-minute Whitworth scoring drought allowed the Missionaries to take a 15-11 lead. With less than 10 seconds remaining in the half, Whitworth trailed 30-25. McConnell was fouled on a drive to the basket. Sinking a pair of free throws, she pulled the Pirates within three, 30-27, at halftime.

Four quick points after halftime put the Pirates in front 31-30. Whitworth claimed a 35-32 lead after junior Kendra Knutsen converted a Whitman turnover into a basket for senior Kayla Johnson. The second half remained a one to two possession game, as the teams had 20 of the game's 21 lead changes in the second half. McConnell hit a three to put Whitworth in front 57-55 with 2:22 left in the game, but consecutive empty possessions in the final two minutes haunted the Pirates. Whitman was able to put the game away with free throws at the end to maintain an unblemished record.

Whitworth led in a uncharacteristic category, as the Pirates had 15 turnovers in the game, while Whitman had just nine turnovers. The Missionaries took advantage of 22 Pirate fouls, hitting 17 of their 27 free throws. Whitworth missed just two from the charity line, shooting 86.7 percent (13-15).

KC McConnell led the Pirates with 18 points and seven rebounds. Kayla Johnson and Jamie Lyons each added nine points for Whitworth, while Johnson pulled down six rebounds. Sophomore Lexie Zappone had two of Whitworth’s four steals.

Heather Johns led the Missionaries with 20 points. Sarah Anderegg posted a double-double for Whitman, scoring 12 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Alysse Ketner added 13 points for Whitman, and Hailey Ann Maeda pulled down nine rebounds. Johns, Anderegg and Ketner all had two steals apiece for Whitman.

Next up, Whitworth hosts Lewis & Clark at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25 at Whitworth Fieldhouse.

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