Women's Basketball News Release

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Bearcats (7-10, 1-7) earn first NWC victory

THIS WEEK: Willamette travels to Puget Sound on Friday
Jan. 31 at Puget Sound (12-5, 5-3 NWC), 6 p.m.


LAST WEEK: Willamette clips Pacific, but loses to NWC powers GFU, PLU
Jan. 21 at Willamette 60, Pacific 59
Guard Rosie Contri (Sr., Douglas HS, Minden, Nev.) scored Willamette’s final seven points of the game as the Bearcats held off Pacific at Cone Field House. The Bearcats led the entire second half, except for a 53-53 tie with 4:10 remaining in the game. After the 53-all tie, Contri stole the ball in back court and raced the length of the court to put her team ahead for good at 55-53 with 2:54 left. She later hit a three-pointer with 1:38 remaining to make the score 58-53. Pacific got back within a point at 58-57 after Lauryn Jones converted on a three-point-play at the 1:21 mark and made a free throw with 59 seconds left. Contri knocked down two free throws with 40 seconds left to give the Bearcats a 60-57 cushion. Simmie Muth (Jr., North Bend HS) led the Bearcats with game-highs of 14 points and six steals. Contri added 13 points, four assists and four steals, while Deanna Lund (Jr., Ridgefield HS, Wash.) finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. Willamette out-shot Pacific 38.3 percent to 32.4 percent, but the Boxers won the rebounding war, 49-42.

Jan. 24 George Fox 60, Willamette 39
The Bearcats stayed within reach the Bruins for about the first 30 minutes, thanks to full-court pressure that forced the visitors into several turnovers. WU trailed GFU 37-26 at the half. Willamette got 10 points apiece from Rosie Contri (Sr., Douglas HS, Minden, Nev.) and Simmie Muth (Jr., North Bend HS). Deanna Lund (Jr., Ridgefield HS, Wash.) added nine points and eight rebounds.

Jan. 25 at Pacific Lutheran 63, Willamette 29
Willamette struggled with its shooting from the field again as Pacific Lutheran raced to a 28-point lead at halftime. Although the Bearcats shot better in the second half, they we’re unable to make a game of it. Deanna Lund (Jr., Ridgefield HS, Wash.) topped Willamette with eight points and four rebounds. Meredith Stevens (Fr., Riverdale HS) played well off the bench, scoring five points and pulling down three rebounds in 13 minutes.

NOTES: Individually, guard Rosie Contri (Sr., Douglas HS, Minden, Nev.) ranks 13th in the NWC in scoring (11.4 ppg), third in assists (3.18 apg), fourth in steals (2.35 spg) and sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.04:1). Forward Deanna Lund (Jr., Ridgefield HS, Wash.) ranks eighth in field goal percentage (44.0%), 11th in scoring (11.4 ppg) and 11th in rebounding (6.2 rpg). Guard Simmie Muth (Jr., North Bend HS) is second in steals (3.24 spg), fourth in assists (2.86 apg) and 15th in scoring (10.6 ppg).


NORTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS
W L
Pacific Lutheran (13-4) 7 1
Whitworth (12-5) 6 2
George Fox (11-6) 6 2
Puget Sound (12-5) 5 3
Linfield (10-7) 4 4
Whitman (5-11) 3 5
Lewis & Clark (7-10) 2 6
Pacific (5-10) 2 6
WILLAMETTE (7-10) 1 7


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 W, 60-59
24 George Fox* (KBZY 1490) Salem L, 60-39
25 Pacific Lutheran* Tacoma, Wash. L, 63-29
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:
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http://www.nwcsports.com
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