WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Bearcats' (6-4, 0-1) Muth named NWC Player of the Week

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Bearcats’ (6-4, 0-1) Muth named NWC Player of the Week

THIS WEEK: Willamette takes on Lewis & Clark, Linfield
Jan. 7 at Lewis & Clark, 6 p.m.
Jan. 10 Linfield, 6 p.m.

LAST WEEK: Willamette goes 2-1 during the week, but loses NWC opener
Dec. 29 Willamette 64, Illinois Wesleyan 57
In the second day of the Division III Shootout in Honolulu, the Bearcats used balanced scoring to snap a two-game losing skid. Rosie Contri (Sr., Douglas HS, Minden, Nev.), Simmie Muth (Jr., North Bend HS) and Deanna Lund (Jr., Ridgefield HS, Wash.) each scored 15 points in the victory. Muth also added three assists and three steals, while Lund converted 7 of 8 field goals and pulled down six rebounds. WU shot an even 50.0 percent for the game.

Dec. 30 Willamette 92, Elms (Mass.) 40
Guard Simmie Muth (Jr., North Bend HS) scored a career-high 26 points as the Bearcats eased past Elms (Mass.) 92-40. Muth made 11 of 18 shots from the field, including 2 of 3 three-pointers. She also had five assists and three steals in WU’s most lop-sided win of the season. The win gave WU a 2-1 record in the Division III Shootout in Honolulu.

Jan. 4 Pacific Lutheran 50, at Willamette 39
Defending NWC champion Pacific Lutheran held Willamette to 21.9 percent shooting from the field en route to a 50-39 victory over the Bearcats in WU’s NWC opener. Willamette shot 29 percent in the first half and trailed by only three points at 27-24, but the Bearcats shot a stone-cold 15.2 percent in the final 20 minutes. The Lutes entered the game as the No. 1 team in the conference in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. The Bearcats got 11 points and four rebounds from Rosie Contri (Sr., Douglas HS, Minden, Nev.) and nine points and five rebounds from Simmie Muth (Jr., North Bend HS). On Monday, Muth was named NWC Player of the Week after tallying 50 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and eight steals in the three games.


NOTES: Willamette leads the NWC with 13.6 steals per game.


NORTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS
W L
Pacific Lutheran (8-3) 2 0
Linfield (7-3) 1 0
Puget Sound (8-3) 1 1
Whitworth (7-4) 1 1
George Fox (6-5) 1 1
Pacific (4-5) 1 1
Whitman (3-7) 1 1
WILLAMETTE (6-4) 0 1
Lewis & Clark (5-6) 0 2


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 6:00
10 Linfield* Salem 6:00
17 Whitman* (KBZY 1490) Walla Walla, Wash. 6:00
18 Whitworth* (KBZY 1490) Spokane, Wash. 6:00
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
29 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/wbasketballhttp://www.nwcsports.com
http://www.ncaa.org
http://www.d3hoops.com