Fourth-Ranked Whitman Overpowers Willamette, 76-45

Josephson Leads All Scorers with 16 Points

By Timothy Walsh, Assistant Athletics Communications Director

SALEM, ORE. -- Facing a Whitman College team ranked #4 in NCAA Division III by D3Hoops.com, Willamette University fell behind early and never recovered, as the Bearcats fell to the Missionaries, 76-45, in a Northwest Conference women's basketball game on Friday, Jan. 3 at Cone Field House.

Whitman improved to 10-0 on the year, 1-0 in the NWC. Willamette dropped to 2-8 this season, 0-1 in NWC play.

The Bearcats' Rebecca Josephson (Sr., G, Fair Oaks, CA/Del Campo HS) led all scorers with 16 points, including 14 in the second half. Josephson also snagged six rebounds and one steal. Jojo DeLong (Jr., PG, Santa Clarita, CA/Canyon HS) added 13 points for Willamette.

The Missionaries placed four of their five starters in double figures, led by Sarah Anderegg's 14 points on 7 of 10 shooting. Heather Johns added 13 points for Whitman, while Tiffani Traver scored 11 and Meghan White contributed 10.

From the moment Whitman won the opening tipoff, the Missionaries looked like a national contender, surging out to a 13-2 lead on a layup by White at the 14:27 mark of the first half.

A layup from Josephson put a stop to the run, and the Bearcats cut the deficit to 15-7 on a three-pointer from DeLong with 11:47 remaining.

But the Missionaries regained control with a jumper from Anderegg, and gradually pulled away over the remainder of the first half, earning a 36-17 advantage at the break.

Though Josephson opened the second half scoring with a made free throw, Whitman uncorked a 13-4 run to grab a 49-22 lead at the 15:46 mark. Willamette got no closer than 25 points the rest of the game.

Whitman's defense held the Bearcats to 32.2% shooting (19 of 59) during the game, including just 2 of 13 (15.4%) on three-pointers. The Missionaries shot 46.4% (32 of 69) from the field, including 5 of 8 (62.5%) from three-point range.

Whitman also earned a sizable edge in rebounding (48-33), points in the paint (26-10), and second-chance points (15-4) against the undersized Bearcats, who started five guards in the game.

The Missionaries also earned an advantage at the foul line, sinking 7 of 13 attempts (53.8%). Willamette connected on 62.5% of its attempts from the charity stripe (5 of 8).

The Bearcats will continue NWC play on Saturday, Jan. 4, against Whitworth University. Game time at Cone Field House is slated for 4 p.m. (PST).

BOX SCORE

Whitman College 76
Willamette University 45

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Rebecca Josephson led all scorers with 16 points, including 14 points in the second half.

Rebecca Josephson led all scorers with 16 points, including 14 points in the second half.