PORTLAND, Ore. - The Whitman Missionaries defeated the #13 Lewis & Clark women's basketball team on Saturday night to advance to the next round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament. In a tough fought, back and forth battle, the Missionaries pulled out a 66-57 win.
Whitman will now take on Emory on March 8. The time and place is yet to be determined.
The Pioneers were paced by a game-high 27 from senior Kristina Williams. Williams, who is the Northwest Conference Player of the Year, ended the evening 9-of-16 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. Katie Anderson was the only other Pioneer to finish in double-digits in scoring, tallying 11 points. Tayler Wang collected a game-high 11 rebounds in the contest.
Sarah Anderegg led the Missionaries with a team-high 18 points. Meghan White knocked down 12 points in the win. Heather Johns, who had to leave the contest briefly to get stitches, collected 11 points and a team-high eight boards.
The Pioneers end their season with a 25-4 overall record. Williams and classmate Sara Villanueva end their careers with three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Both players had only lost three non-conference NCAA Division III games in their career heading into tonight, while losing just seven overall. Williams ends her career as a two-time Northwest Conference Player of the Year and the schools all-time leader in scoring since the programs transition to the NCAA.