PORTLAND, Ore. — Whitman knocked off No. 6 Lewis & Clark 88-72 as junior forward Sarah Anderegg Jr. scored a career-high 32 points and junior Meghan White grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
The win moved the Missionaries into sole possession of first place in the NWC at 3-0, and improved their overall record to 10-1.
The Pioneers lost for the first time this season as they fell to 11-1 on the year.
After a tightly contested first half, the Whitties shot 64 percent in the second half to take control of the game, knocking down 18-of-28 shots — including 4-of-6 from beyong the arc.
Leading 35-32, Whitman opened the second half with a 10-2 run as Anderegg scored eight during the spurt that put the Missionaries up by 10.
The undefeated Pioneers tried to counter as the conference’s leading scorer Kristina Williams kept the pressure on with 24 points, but the Missionaries had an answer and eventually lengthened their lead to 14 on a Meghan White layup with 7:09 left to play.
Lewis & Clark cut the lead down to 10 with 4:02 left to go on a pair of free throws from Sara Villanueva, but a Marah Alindogan free throw and Tiffani Traver 3-pointer put the Missionaries up 14 with 2:33 remaining.
Traver had a solid all-around game with 16 points along with a game-high eight assists and three rebounds. Senior Mary Madden and sophomore Heather Lovelace each added 11.