Whitman, Ranked #3 in NCAA Division III, Downs Bearcats in Walla Walla

Kalugin Earns 11 Points and 10 Rebounds for Willamette

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

WALLA WALLA, WASH. -- Nationally ranked Whitman College defeated Willamette University, 78-33, on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Sherwood Athletic Center to remain undefeated. Heather Johns scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help Whitman improve to 19-0 on the season, 10-0 in the Northwest Conference.

The Missionaries are ranked #3 in the D3hoops.com Top 25 and are tied for #4 in the USA Today Sports Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll. They lead the NWC standings by one game over George Fox University (9-1).

Johns was joined in double figures by three other Whitman players.

Tiffani Traver finished with 13 points, while hitting 5 of 7 field goals, including 3 of 5 three-pointers. Hailey McDonald also made 5 of 7 field goals on her way to scoring 11 points. Sarah Anderegg chipped in 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Katie Kalugin (Jr., G, Woodburn, OR/Woodburn HS) registered a double-double for Willamette, as she scored 11 points and hauled down 10 rebounds.

Alexa Beeson (Sr., G, Portland, OR/Lincoln HS) contributed eight points for the Bearcats. Jojo DeLong (Jr., G, Santa Clarita, CA/Canyon HS) achieved five points and grabbed seven boards.

The Bearcats fell to 3-16 overall, including 1-9 in the NWC.

Johns scored five points early in the game on two field goals and a free throw, as Whitman built a 7-2 lead. DeLong answered with a 3-point basket to cut the margin to 7-5 with 15:24 left in the half.

Several minutes later, at the 11:03 mark, Kalugin hit a jump shot to pull the Bearcats within 13-10. Whitman put in the next 11 points, as the Missionaries surged out to a 24-10 lead with 2:46 remaining in the half. Julia Brand (Jr., F, Kaneohe, HI/Punahou School) ended a 9:13 drought for the Bearcats when she sank two free throws with 1:50 on the clock.

McDonald added a 3-pointer and a layup for Whitman to give the Missionaries a 29-12 halftime lead.

The Missionaries opened the second half with 15 consecutive points and gradually increased their advantage to the final margin. Whitman shot 53.0% for the game (35 of 66) and 66.7% in the second half (22 of 33). The Missionaries made 4 of 11 three-pointers (36.4%) and just 4 of 10 free throws, but held a 42-28 rebounding margin and committed just six turnovers.

Willamette connected on 29.0% of its shots (9 of 43) and made 2 of 17 three-point attempts. The Bearcats converted 13 of 16 free throws (81.3%).

The Bearcats have played the first three games in a string of five games on the road. Willamette will complete the road trip with games at Pacific University on Tuesday, Feb. 4 and at Linfield College on Saturday, Feb. 8. Each game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (PST).

Earlier this season, WU defeated Pacific, 65-62, and lost to Linfield, 60-58, with both games played at Cone Field House on the Willamette campus.

BOX SCORE

Whitman College 78
Willamette University 33

Katie Kalugin provided the Bearcats with nine points and 10 rebound against the Missionaries.

Katie Kalugin provided the Bearcats with nine points and 10 rebound against the Missionaries.