Women's Basketball News Release

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Bearcats’ (6-8, 0-5) to take on three NWC opponents

THIS WEEK: Willamette attempts to end five-game skid against Pacific
Jan. 21 Pacific, 6 p.m.
Jan. 24 George Fox, 6 p.m. (* Poster Day)
Jan. 25 at Pacific Lutheran, 6 p.m.

* At the conclusion of the George Fox game, members of the Bearcat basketball team will sign Willamette Winter Sports Posters for kids of all ages.

LAST WEEK: Willamette falls on the road to Whitman, Whitworth
Jan. 17 at Whitman 78, Willamette 77 (OT)
Deanna Lund (Jr., Ridgefield HS, Wash.) scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, but host Whitman hit a key shot near the end of regulation and overtime to come away with the Northwest Conference overtime win in the Sherwood Center. Willamette rallied in the final five minutes of regulation and led by three points in the final minute, but the Missionaries’ Mandee Romero hit a three-pointer with 19 seconds remaining to tie the score at 69-69 and force the extra period. In overtime, Lund almost single-handedly kept the Bearcats close. She had WU’s first three points of the period and when she banked in a 17-footer with 39 seconds left, the visitors led 77-75. However, Whitman’s Miryia Libbey hit a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining for the final points of the game. Sarah O’Brien’s (Jr., Gonzaga Prep, Wash.) desperation shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim. The Bearcats also got 14 points and 10 rebounds from Rosie Contri (Sr., Douglas HS, Minden, Nev.). Simmie Muth (Jr., North Bend HS) added 13 points and O’Brien chipped in with 10. WU dominated the hosts on the boards, 52-30. But Whitman out-shot Willamette handily from the field, 45 percent to 35 percent.

Jan. 18 at Whitworth 72, Willamette 40
Whitworth used a dominating defense and strong rebounding to control the game. The host Pirates held the Bearcats to 29 percent shooting from the field and out-rebounded the visitors 50-32. Simmie Muth (Jr., North Bend HS) led Willamette with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. The result put Whitworth into a three-way tie for second place in the NWC at 4-2, one game behind 5-1 Pacific Lutheran.


NOTES: Individually, guard Rosie Contri (Sr., Douglas HS, Minden, Nev.) ranks ninth in the NWC in scoring (11.9 ppg), third in assists (3.29 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.07:1), and sixth in steals (2.07 spg). Forward Deanna Lund (Jr., Ridgefield HS, Wash.) ranks seventh in field goal percentage (43.9%), 10th in scoring (11.9 ppg) and 13th in rebounding (6.1 rpg). Guard Simmie Muth (Jr., North Bend HS) is second in steals (3.00 spg), fourth in assists (2.86 apg) and 15th in scoring (11.0 ppg).


NORTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS
W L
Pacific Lutheran (11-4) 5 1
Puget Sound (11-4) 4 2
Whitworth (10-5) 4 2
George Fox (9-6) 4 2
Linfield (9-5) 3 2
Whitman (5-9) 3 3
Pacific (5-8) 2 4
Lewis & Clark (6-9) 1 5
WILLAMETTE (6-8) 0 5


2002-03 WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ROSTER

NO PLAYER POS HT YR/EL HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE)
3 Abbie Unick G 5-3 Jr./Jr. Ferndale, Wash. (Ferndale)
4 Elyssa Figari G 5-7 Fr./Fr. Woodacre, Calif. (San Domenico)
10 Sarah O’Brien G 5-8 Jr./Jr. Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga Prep)
11 Lindsay Yocum G 5-6 Fr./Fr. Mission Viejo, Calif. (Woodbridge)
20 Meridith Stevens C 6-0 Fr./Fr. Portland, Ore. (Riverdale)
21 Megan Scheelar C 6-0 Fr./Fr. Salem, Ore. (North Salem)
23 Danielle Page G 5-7 So./So. Tacoma, Wash. (Bellarmine Prep)
30 Simmie Muth G 5-4 Jr./Jr. North Bend, Ore. (North Bend)
32 Rosie Contri G 5-6 Sr./Sr. Minden, Nevada (Douglas)
40 Nancy Weyler C 5-11 Sr./Sr. Billings, Mont. (Northwest College, Wyo.)
42 Anna McLuen F 5-11 Fr./Fr. Renton, Wash. (Hazen)
44 Deanna Lund F 5-11 Jr./Jr. Ridgefield, Wash. (Ridgefield, Clark CC)
45 Kasey Sorenson C 5-10 Sr./Sr. Scappoose, Ore. (Scappoose)

HEAD COACH: Tom Steers (1st year)
ASSISTANT COACH: Chris Blackburn (1st year), Kirstin Anderson (1st year)


2002-03 WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER
22-23 Bon Appetit Classic Salem
22 Lewis & Clark vs. Claremont-M-S
22 Cal Lutheran vs. Willamette W, 85-68
23 Lewis & Clark vs. Cal Lutheran
23 Claremont-M-S vs. Willamette W, 75-57
26 Concordia Portland L, 67-56

DECEMBER
3 Concordia Salem W, 71-66
6 Western Baptist Salem (away) W, 62-58
21 Wisconsin-Oshkosh Salem L, 57-48
28-30 D-III Hawaii Shootout Honolulu
28 Lake Forest L, 73-53
29 Illinois Wesleyan W, 64-57
30 Elms W, 92-40

JANUARY
4 Pacific Lutheran* Salem L, 50-39
7 Lewis & Clark* (KBZY 1490) Portland L, 70-53
10 Linfield* Salem L, 63-53
17 Whitman* (KBZY 1490) Walla Walla, Wash. L, 78-77 (OT)
18 Whitworth* (KBZY 1490) Spokane, Wash. L, 72-40
21 Pacific* Salem 6:00
24 George Fox* (KBZY 1490) Salem 6:00
25 Pacific Lutheran* Tacoma, Wash. 6:00
31 Puget Sound* Tacoma, Wash. 6:00

FEBRUARY
7 Linfield* (KBZY 1490) McMinnville 6:00
8 Lewis & Clark* Salem 6:00
14 Whitman* Salem 6:00
15 Whitworth* (KBZY 1490) Salem 6:00
18 Pacific* Forest Grove 6:00
21 George Fox* (KBZY 1490) Newberg 6:00
22 Puget Sound* Salem 6:00
27 NWC playoffs (No. 3 at No. 2) TBA TBA

MARCH
1 NWC Champ. (Winner at No. 1) TBA TBA

* Northwest Conference game


TICKETS: Ticket prices for all Willamette regular season home games are:
$5 General Admission
$3 Students and seniors
Free Children 12 and under
To purchase tickets in advance, call (503) 370-6011.


WILLAMETTE ON THE RADIO: Selected Willamette University basketball games will be broadcast live on Salem radio station KBZY (1490 AM). The broadcasts begin 15 minutes prior to tip-off. Mike Allegre will provide the play-by-play.


HOW TO CONTACT HEAD COACH TOM STEERS:
(503) 370-6132 Willamette University
(503) 949-9829 Cell
tsteers@willamette.edu

MORE INFORMATION ON THE WEB:
/www.willamette.edu/athletics/wbasketball
http://www.nwcsports.com
http://www.ncaa.org
http://www.d3hoops.com