Women's Basketball News Release (Final)

LAST WEEK: Willamette (8-17, 2-14 NWC) concludes 2002-03 season
Feb. 18 at Pacific 78, Willamette 62
Rosie Contri (Sr., Douglas HS, Minden, Nev.) scored 23 points and had a game-high four steals in the road loss to Pacific. Abbie Unick (Jr., Ferndale HS, Wash.) added 10 points, while Deanna Lund (Jr., Ridgefield HS, Wash.) chipped in with six points and eight rebounds.

Feb. 21 at George Fox 59, Willamette 49
A 14-0 run during the final five minutes of the game enabled George Fox to pull away from upset-minded Willamette at the Wheeler Sports Center. WU guard Rosie Contri (Sr., Douglas HS, Minden, Nev.) hit a three-pointer with 5:23 left in the game, giving the Bearcats a 46-45 lead. From that moment on, however, the game belonged to the Bruins. GFU scored 14 unanswered points until Simmie Muth (Jr., North Bend HS) hit a trey with three seconds left. Muth scored 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Bearcats. Deanna Lund (Jr., Ridgefield HS, Wash.) added 12 points and six boards, and Contri tallied 10 points.

Feb. 22 Puget Sound 74, at Willamette 65
For 38 minutes, Willamette gave Puget Sound all it could handle before the visiting Loggers pulled out a 74-65 Northwest Conference victory at Cone Field House. The two teams were tied at 60-60 with 2:41 remaining after Willamette’s Kasey Sorenson (Sr., Scappoose HS) made a lay-in from the right side. But UPS scored the next nine points of the game in a span of 1:42 to put the contest away. Willamette got a game-high 21 points from Rosie Contri (Sr., Douglas HS, Minden, Nev.), who was playing in her final collegiate game. Sorenson, also playing in her last game, added 11 points and seven rebounds. The playoff-bound Loggers converted 19 of 27 free throws, compared to Willamette’s 8 of 11.


NWC ALL-STARS: Guard Rosie Contri (Sr., Douglas HS, Minden, Nev.) was named to the Northwest Conference second-team all-star unit on Monday. She led the Bearcats in scoring for the second straight season. Contri finished her career with 818 points, 445 rebounds, 275 assists and 185 steals in 100 games.


NOTES: Individually, guard Rosie Contri (Sr., Douglas HS, Minden, Nev.) ranks third in the NWC in assists (3.36 apg), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.08:1), fourth in steals (2.40 spg) and fifth in scoring (12.2 ppg). Forward Deanna Lund (Jr., Ridgefield HS, Wash.) ranks 10th in rebounding (6.2 rpg) and 17th in scoring (10.4 ppg). Guard Simmie Muth (Jr., North Bend HS) is third in steals (2.80 spg), eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.91:1) and 13th in scoring (10.9 ppg).


FINAL NORTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS
W L
Whitworth (19-6) 13 3
Puget Sound (19-6) 12 4
Pacific Lutheran (18-7) 12 4
George Fox (15-10) 10 6
Linfield (14-11) 8 8
Whitman (8-16) 6 10
Pacific (8-15) 5 11
Lewis & Clark (9-16) 4 12
WILLAMETTE (8-17) 2 14


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. 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 L, 78-62
21 George Fox* (KBZY 1490) Newberg L, 59-49
22 Puget Sound* Salem L, 74-65
END OF REGULAR SEASON
* 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