Whitman College women advance to Final Four

March 15, 2014 

For the first time in school history, the Whitman College women’s basketball team is headed to the Final Four.

The Missionaries defeated Thomas More College 76-60 on Saturday at the Sherwood Center on the Whitman campus in Walla Walla in an NCAA Division III women’s basketball quarterfinal.

Whitman (29-1) will face Wisconsin-Whitewater at a time to be determined Friday in Stevens Point, Wis. Tufts will face FDU-Florham in the other semifinal.

The Missionaries used a 14-0 run to open the second half to blow open a close game, and then maintained a double digit lead the rest of the way.

Leading 25-23 at halftime, the Missionaries opened up their offense, using transition play to blow the game open.

During the run, six points came in transition, while Hailey McDonald hit a 3-pointer and then fed Meghan White for a layup after a steal. Thomas More was forced to play without one of the best players in the country for most of the game.

Sydney Moss — the daughter of former NFL star Randy Moss — who had tied the NCAA Division III record for points in a season earlier in the game. Moss was loose on a breakaway, got fouled and fell to the court clutching her right knee. She was helped to the bench, according to Ben Zimmerman, who was covering the game for Whitman, where she remained the rest of the night with an ice pack on her leg.

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