Women's Basketball News Release

THIS WEEK: Willamette (8-14, 2-11 NWC) faces final three games of season
Feb. 18 at Pacific (6-16, 3-11 NWC), 6 p.m.
Feb. 21 at George Fox (13-10, 8-6 NWC), 6 p.m.
Feb. 22 Puget Sound (17-6, 10-4 NWC), 6 p.m.
END OF SEASON

LAST WEEK: Willamette splits NWC contests with eastern Washington schools
Feb. 14 at Willamette 61, Whitman 58
Center Kasey Sorenson (Sr., Scappoose HS) scored a season-high 18 points to lead Willamette to a Northwest Conference win over Whitman. Sorenson scored all but two of her points in the second half as Willamette built an 11-point lead. She made 7 of 8 shots from the field, all four of her free throws and pulled down six rebounds in 20 minutes. Rosie Contri (Sr., Douglas HS, Minden, Nev.) added 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. Willamette out-rebounded the Missionaries 47-38.

Feb. 15 Whitworth 68, at Willamette 58
First-place Whitworth went on a 15-0 run during a six-minute span in the second half to take a commanding 53-39 lead with 7:48 remaining en route to an NWC victory over Willamette. The Bearcats got 19 points and six assists from Rosie Contri (Sr., Douglas HS, Minden, Nev.). Simmie Muth (Jr., North Bend HS) connected on 4 of 9 three-point shots on her way to a 14-point night.


NOTES: Individually, guard Rosie Contri (Sr., Douglas HS, Minden, Nev.) ranks third in the NWC in assists (3.41 apg), third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.10:1), fourth in steals (2.18 spg) and ninth in scoring (11.5 ppg). Forward Deanna Lund (Jr., Ridgefield HS, Wash.) ranks ninth in field goal percentage (43.1%), ninth in rebounding (6.2 rpg) and 15th in scoring (10.7 ppg). Guard Simmie Muth (Jr., North Bend HS) is second in steals (3.00 spg), eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.93:1) and 14th in scoring (10-8 ppg).


NORTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS
W L
Pacific Lutheran (17-6) 11 3
Whitworth (17-6) 11 3
Puget Sound (17-6) 10 4
Linfield (14-8) 8 5
George Fox (13-10) 8 6
Whitman (7-15) 5 9
Lewis & Clark (9-14) 4 10
Pacific (6-15) 3 11
WILLAMETTE (8-14) 2 11


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)

* Probable starters
(Contri wears No. 12 at home)

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. L, 64-59

FEBRUARY
7 Linfield* (KBZY 1490) McMinnville L, 64-48
8 Lewis & Clark* Salem L, 80-64
14 Whitman* Salem W, 61-58
15 Whitworth* (KBZY 1490) Salem L, 68-58
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