Women's Basketball News Release

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Bearcats’ (6-6, 0-3) take annual trek to eastern Washington

THIS WEEK: Willamette hits the road to face Whitman, Whitworth
Jan. 17 at Whitman, 6 p.m.
Jan. 18 at Whitworth, 6 p.m.

LAST WEEK: Willamette bows at Lewis & Clark, at home to Linfield
Jan. 7 at Lewis & Clark 70, Willamette 53
Willamette shot 16.2 percent in the first half, trailed by 15 points at the half and could never recover in the road loss to the Pioneers. The Bearcats rebounded to shoot 45.5 percent in the second half, but they were 0 for 9 from three-point range for the game. It was L&C’s first win over the Bearcats since the 1993-94 season. Despite the poor performance, the Bearcats got an outstanding game from forward Deanna Lund (Jr., Ridgefield HS, Wash.), who finished with game-highs of 27 points and 12 rebounds. She shot 8 of 16 from the field and was 11 of 13 from the free throw line. The 11 free throws made tied her for third place all-time on the Willamette single-game list. Two players (Kappy Klocksieben and Heather Ludwig) have made 12 free throws in a game, and Kirstin Anderson, now an assistant coach, made 11 charity tosses on Jan. 9, 1998.

Jan. 10 Linfield 63, at Willamette 53
Linfield went on a 20-7 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half to climb out of a 27-25 halftime deficit en route to the win. The visiting Wildcats shot 41.8 percent from the field, while Willamette shot only 29.1 percent. WU guard Rosie Contri (Sr., Douglas HS, Minden, Nev.) led all scorers with 16 points. She also had four rebounds, three assists and three steals.


NOTES: Willamette leads the NWC with 13.08 steals per game. Individually, guard Rosie Contri (Sr., Douglas HS, Minden, Nev.) ranks sixth in the NWC in scoring (12.4 ppg), second in assists (3.42 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.11:1), and sixth in steals (2.08 spg). Forward Deanna Lund (Jr., Ridgefield HS, Wash.) ranks fifth in field goal percentage (46.8), 11th in scoring (11.9 ppg) and 13th in rebounding (5.9 rpg). Guard Simmie Muth (Jr., North Bend HS) is second in steals (3.17 spg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.19:1), fourth in assists (3.08 apg) and 16th in scoring (10.5 ppg).


NORTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS
W L
Pacific Lutheran (10-3) 4 0
Linfield (9-3) 3 0
George Fox (7-5) 2 1
Puget Sound (9-4) 2 2
Whitworth (8-5) 2 2
Pacific (5-6) 2 2
Whitman (3-9) 1 3
Lewis & Clark (6-8) 1 4
WILLAMETTE (6-6) 0 3


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. 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/wbasketball
http://www.nwcsports.com
http://www.ncaa.org
http://www.d3hoops.com