Whitman College Women's Basketball

1998-99 Season -- Game Summaries

Friday, November 20
Whitman 74, Walla Walla College 43

With two sophomores and two freshmen combining to score 56 points, the Whitman women rolled to an easy 74-43 non-conference victory over Walla Walla College Friday afternoon in Sherwood Center.

The Missionaries jumped on top 35-5 two-thirds of the way through the first half before taking a 53-14 lead into the halftime break.

Sunny Gulberg, a freshman guard, nailed all five of her 3-point attempts and scored a game-high 21 points to spark Whitman's successful season debut. Gulberg was six of eight overall from the floor, made all four of her free throw attempts, and added three steals and two assists.

Amity Priore, a sophomore guard, was seven of 11 from the field for 14 points. She also had five assists, four steals and three rebounds.

Emily Stewart, a sophomore post, grabbed a game-high nine rebounds while scoring 11 points. Brianna Halbach, a freshman wing, chipped in with 10 points and five boards.

Mandy Rockwell and Barby Ream, each of whom played varsity volleyball for Whitman earlier in the fall, added nine and seven points, respectively. Rockwell, in her second season of collegiate basketball, also had seven rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Whitman obviously had firepower to spare, even though coach Cathy Crosslin was missing a handful of key players due to injury. Those missing included Faye Hutchison and Jennette Goldmark, starters from last season; Kim Evanger, a highly touted freshman; and Becca Curd, who played for the Missionaries two seasons ago.

Saturday, November 21
Western Montana College 76, Whitman 68

The Whitman women survived a slow start and gave NAIA Div. I Western Montana College all it could handle Saturday night before the visiting Bulldogs escaped from Sherwood Center with a 76-68 victory. Whitman trailed by just four points, 72-68, with 14 seconds left in the game, but the Bulldogs hit four free throws in the closing seconds to pad the final margin of victory.

Western Montana nailed four 3-pointers and jumped in front 16-4 in the game's first six minutes. But with sophomore post Emily Stewart scoring eight points, the Missionaries rallied to close the gap to 21-20 with eight minutes left in the first half.

The Bulldogs pulled away late in the first half and led 41-30 at the break. They extended their lead to 44-30 early in the second half before sophomore Amity Priore sank three 3-pointers and scored 13 points in a five-minute span. Priore's outburst once again closed Whitman's gap to one point, 51-50, with 13 minutes left to play.

Western Montana again rose to the challenge, however, jumping its lead back to 14 points, 70-56, with just over three minutes left.

With Priore and Sunny Gulberg draining back-to-back treys, the Missionaries made one final charge before running out of time.

Priore and Stewart led Whitman with 20 points each, combining to make 15 of 30 shots from the floor. Stewart also collared a game-high 10 rebounds, while Priore had three steals.

Gulberg, a freshman, added 11 points, six boards and three assists. Ashley Wright, also a freshman, had nine rebounds and eight points.

Sunday, November 29
Eastern Oregon University 70, Whitman 54

Eastern Oregon University outscored Whitman 26-16 over the final 12 minutes of the first half en route to a 70-54 non- conference victory Sunday night in Sherwood Center. Eastern Oregon's scoring outburst prior to intermission gave the Mountaineers a 40-31 lead at the break, and the Missionaries were unable to close the gap in the second half.

Whitman's Emily Stewart hit 10 of 13 shots from the floor to lead all scorers with 20 points. The sophomore post player also had a game-high nine rebounds.

Freshman Sunny Gulberg, however, was the only other Missionary in double figures with 10 points. Ashley Wright, also a freshman, had eight points and four rebounds, while Amity Priore added seven points and seven assists.

Twenty-one turnovers and a five-of-16 performance from the free throw line helped doom Whitman's chances.

Friday, December 4
Whitman 70, Lewis & Clark 50

Down by eight points at halftime, the Whitman women shot 55 percent and scored 48 points in the second half to post a 70-59 Northwest Conference victory over Lewis & Clark Friday night in Sherwood Center. Whitman's victory, which opened the conference season for both schools, gave the Missionaries a 2-2 record on the season.

Whitman opened the second half on a 15-6 surge to take its first lead since early in the game at 37-36 with 14:23 left to play. The lead changed hands five more times before the Missionaries took charge for good at 56-55 at the 4:30 mark. Whitman then closed out the game on a 14-4 spurt.

Emily Stewart paced Whitman with 16 points. Amity Priore added 12 points, five rebounds and four steals.

Ashley Wright grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and scored 11 points for the Missionaries. Sunny Gulberg chipped in with 10 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Kim Evanger, who missed Whitman's first three games with a knee injury, gave the Missionaries a big boost off the bench, grabbing seven rebounds and three steals while scoring five points.

Saturday, December 5
Puget Sound 62, Whitman 50

The University of Puget Sound women stayed perfect on the season, bolting to a 20-point first-half lead en route to a 62-50 Northwest Conference victory over Whitman Saturday night in Sherwood Center.

The host Missionaries rallied in the second half, trimming their deficit to seven points, 51-44, with 5:34 left to play. But the Loggers pulled away in the final four minutes.

Puget Sound remained undefeated, extending its league record to 2-0 and its season mark to 4-0. Whitman fell to 1-1 in conference play and 2-3 overall.

Amity Priore paced Whitman with 16 points. Sunny Gulberg added nine points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Friday, December 11
Pacific Lutheran 58, Whitman 48

Pacific Lutheran, the defending Northwest Conference champion, rallied from a two-point first-half deficit to down Whitman Friday night in Tacoma, Wash.

The Missionaries, who led 30-28 at the break, were paced by freshman Sunny Gulberg, who scored 20 of her 25 points in the first half. Gulberg made eight of ten shots from the field in the first half, which included two of three from three-point range. She also finished with four rebounds and three steals.

After shooting 50 percent in the first 20 minutes of play, the Missionaries went cold in the second half, making just six of 27 shots from the field. They were one of 11 from three-point range.

Sophomore Emily Stewart and freshman Kim Evanger both chipped in eight points for Whitman. Ashley Wright led Whitman on the boards with seven rebounds, while sophomore Jennette Goldmark and Evanger each gathered in six.

Saturday, December 12
Whitman 68, Seattle 63

Whitman freshmen Sunny Gulberg and Kim Evanger scored 17 and 13 points, respectively, while grabbing eight rebounds each to lead the Missionaries to a come-from-behind 68-63 Northwest Conference victory Saturday night at Seattle University.

Whitman trailed by eight points at halftime, and by as many as 19 points early in the second half, before staging its game- winning rally. The victory evened Whitman's conference record at 2-2.

Gulberg also had five assists and and two steals. Evanger, making only her second start after recovering from an early- season knee injury, had three steals.

Amity Priore added 11 points and four rebounds for the Missionaries. Ashley Wright, a third Whitman freshman, contributed nine points and four boards. Emily Stewart had eight points and five rebounds.

Whitman outrebounded its hosts 44-38.

Sunday, January 3
Whitman 59, King's College 57

Playing for the first time in three weeks, the Whitman women swarmed the backboards and pinned a 59-57 loss on King's College (Wilkes-Barre, PA) in the opening round of the Great Goombay Shootout in Nassau, Bahamas. The victory evened Whitman's season record at 4-4. King's College, one of the top NCAA Div. III teams in the Middle Atlantic Conference, dropped to 7-2 on the season.

"It was a huge win for us," Whitman coach Cathy Crosslin said. "We played so well. We showed excellent ball movement and patience against a very tough press. King's College is one of the top teams in the East. Had they not made a little run near the end of the game, it could have been a seven- to ten-point win for us."

Freshman Ashley Wright sparked Whitman with 11 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. The Missionaries outrebounded the Lady Monarchs 52 to 41.

Amity Priore added 10 points for Whitman, while Sunny Gulberg, Kim Evanger and Emily Stewart contributed eight points apiece. Evanger grabbed seven rebounds and Stewart six.

Whitman led 34-32 at halftime. The game featured seven lead changes and three ties.

Monday, January 4
Whitman 68, Catholic University 47

With ten players cracking the scoring column, Whitman rolled to a 68-47 victory over Catholic University (Washington, D.C.) in the second round of the Great Goombay Shootout in Nassau, Bahamas. The Missionaries improved to 5-4 on the season and advanced to the holiday tournament's championship game.

Senior co-captain Paula Johnson, one of three players to score 10 points, added eight rebounds for the Missionaries. Amity Priore and Ashley Wright also scored 10 points each for Whitman.

Freshman Kim Evanger grabbed nine rebounds while scoring seven points. Freshman Darin Reynaud also pulled down nine boards, while Emily Stewart had eight points and four rebounds. The Missionaries collected 56 rebounds in all, 19 more than the Cardinals.

"Everyone off the bench got to play quite a few minutes, and it didn't stop us from posting a 21-point win," Whitman coach Cathy Crosslin said. "We're playing very well right, and we're having a great time."

Tuesday, January 5
Whitman 74, Franklin & Marshall 70

Emily Stewart scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Whitman to a 74-70 victory over Franklin & Marshall College in the NCAA Div. III championship game of the Great Goombay Shootout in Nassau, Bahamas. It was Whitman's third tournament victory in three days and lifted its season record to 6-4.

Stewart hit 10 of 17 shots from the floor and five of six free throw attempts as Whitman rallied from a 31-28 halftime deficit. After scoring the first seven points of the second half, the Missionaries took the lead for good with a 13-4 spurt that extended their advantage to 51-40 with 11:11 left to play.

The Diplomats closed the gap to one point, 54-53, with 6:07 remaining. But Stewart scored six points and Sunny Gulberg nailed a 3-pointer to help Whitman preserve its lead in the closing minutes. Gulberg, a freshman, finished with 15 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Kim Evanger, also a freshman, hit seven of 14 shots from the floor to score 14 points. She also had seven rebounds and three steals. Amity Priore canned two of four 3-point shots while scoring 11 points. Priore added five assists, five steals and three rebounds.

Whitman's defense forced the Diplomats into 22 turnovers. The Missionaries committed just 11 turnovers.

Friday, January 8
George Fox 71, Whitman 67

George Fox University nailed 10 3-point shots in the second half to rally past Whitman 71-67 in a Northwest Conference game Friday night in Sherwood Center.

George Fox's Christy Brock made six of her seven 3-point shots in the second half and finished with a game-high 28 points. Brock broke the George Fox single-game record for 3-point baskets, a record she set two weeks ago.

Sunny Gulberg paced Whitman with a career-high 27 points. Gulberg, who made four 3-pointers, also had four assists, four steals and four rebounds. Ashley Wright added 13 points and five rebounds for Whitman.

Kim Evanger chipped in with eight points and five rebounds for the Missionaries, who led 32-23 at halftime. Whitman still led by nine points, 39-30, with 12:53 left to play before George Fox erupted on an 18-2 run to turn the tables for a 48-41 lead.

Despite a barage of 3-pointers by the Bruins, Whitman battled back to trail by a single point, 64-63, with 3:53 showing on the clock. But George Fox's Brock then drained her sixth 3-pointer of the second haf to give the visitors more breathing room.

Although the Missionaries missed four free throws in the final two minutes, they made one final run Evanger scored with six seconds left to cut the George Fox lead to two points, 69-67. But Brock canned two free throws with five seconds remaining to ice the victory.

Saturday, January 9
Pacific 42, Whitman 29

Playing their fifth game in seven nights, the weary Whitman women scored just 10 points in the second half and dropped a 42-29 Northwest Conference decision to Pacific Saturday night in Sherwood Center.

The Missionaries trailed by just two points, 21-19, at the end of the first half, which featured seven lead changes and four ties. Neither team led by more than four points in the first 20 minutes of play.

The Boxers scored the first four points of the second half to extend their lead. Then, Pacific made four 3-pointers during a seven-minute stretch to push their advantage to 39-23 with 8:10 left to play.

Emily Stewart with 10 points was the only Missionary to score in double figures. As a team, Whitman made just 10 of 46 shots from the floor.

The Missionaries stayed in the game by outrebounding Pacific 37-26. Ashley Wright grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds while Kim Evanger collected 10 boards, five points and three steals.

Tuesday, January 12
Eastern Oregon 62, Whitman 48

Freshman Sunny Guldberg scored 20 points -- her fourth game this season with 20 or more points, but it wasn't nearly enough to keep Whitman from dropping a 62-48 non-conference decision to Eastern Oregon University Tuesday night in La Grande.

Gulberg, who made six of 13 3-point shots, also grabbed five rebounds. Kim Evanger, also a freshman, added 11 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Emily Stewart grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds while scoring six points.

The Missionaries, who made eight of 19 of their 3-point shots, lost the game at the free throw line. Whitman made four of five charity tosses, but Eastern Oregon sank 18 of 22 free throw opportunities.

Whitman trailed 37-20 at halftime and then outscored Eastern Oregon 28-25 in the second half.

Saturday, January 16
Whitworth 89, Whitman 57

With its shooting game suffering all night Saturday in Spokane, Whitman was unable to keep Whitworth from rolling to an 89-57 Northwest Conference victory.

The Pirates used runs of 9-2, 10-4, and 14-4 to open a 46-29 halftime lead and never looked back. Meanwhile, Whitworth's defense held Whitman shooters to a frosty 24 percent shooting mark in the opening half. The Missionaries made just one of ten 3-point shots in the first 20 minutes of play.

Whitman was led by freshman Ashley Wright's 14 points. Kim Evanger, also a freshman, made all eight of her free throws to give her 12 points for the game.

Senior co-captain Paula Johnson scored eight points and led the Missionaries with ten rebounds and three steals. Amity Priore, Jennette Goldmark and Emily Stewart all chipped in seven points each.

Friday, January 22
Whitman 59, Linfield 57

The Whitman women started the weekend in positive fashion, picking up a 59-57 Northwest Conference road victory Friday night at Linfield.

Amity Priore and Sunny Gulberg led the scoring for the Missionaries with 13 points each. Both made two of three shots from behind the 3-point line. Emily Stewart contributed 11 points.

Kim Evanger gave Whitman a solid game inside, pulling down a game-high nine rebounds to go with six points.

After the first half ended in a 30-point tie, Whitman won the second half with a 53 percent shooting performance. The Missionaries connected on three of their four second-half 3-point attempts.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats shot just 36 percent from the floor after the break. The hosts misfired on all seven of their 3-point shots in the second half.

Whitman held by seven points with 3:27 left to play in the game. Linfield rallied but missed two shots in the final ten seconds that would have tied the game.

Saturday, January 23
Willamette 67, Whitman 49

Whitman led 26-25 at halftime Saturday night at Willamette, but Missionary hopes for a Northwest Conference weekend sweep on the road evaporated in the second half due to some very chilly shooting. Whitman made just 31 percent of its second-half shots and fell to the Bearcats 67-49.

Kim Evanger led the Missionaries with 15 points and nine rebounds. Senior co-captain Paula Johnson added 10 points and seven rebounds. Ashley Wright scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Friday, January 29
Whitman 56, Seattle 40

Whitman outscored visiting Seattle University 37-19 in the second half to post a 56-40 Northwest Conference women's basketball victory Friday night in Sherwood Center.

In defeating Seattle for the second time this season, Whitman raised its conference record to 4-6 and its season mark to 8-9.

Whitman freshman Sunny Gulberg nailed three 3-point buckets and converted all six of her free throw opportunities to lead all scorers with 19 points. Sophomore Emily Stewart added 10 points and six rebounds for the Missionaries, while freshman Kim Evanger contributed a game-high 10 boards and eight points. Ashley Wright, another freshman, chipped in with eight rebounds and six points.

The Missionaries outrebounded the Chieftains 46-30.

Seattle's Leillani Finau, who entered the game averaging 15.36 points, the third highest average in the conference, made just two of 13 shots from the field and finished with six points.

Seattle jumped in front early, leading 21-13 with 4:05 left in the first half. But Whitman scored the final six points of the half to trail 21-19 at the break.

The Missionaries opened the second half on an 11-4 run to take the lead for good at 30-25. Whitman outscored Seattle 13-2 over the final 6:30 to win going away.

Saturday, January 30
PLU 69, Whitman 45

Tara Millet scored 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, breaking the women's career rebounding record at Pacific Lutheran University, to lead the Lutes to a 69-45 Northwest Conference victory over Whitman Saturday night in Sherwood Center.

Millet, who pulled down 16 rebounds Friday night at Whitworth, raised her career rebounding total to 692. PLU's Cindy Betts set the old school record, 674, from 1980 to 1983.

The Lutes led 35-25 at halftime. Whitman rallied to within seven points, 42-35, early in the second half before PLU exploded on a 14-0 run to put the game out of reach.

Sunny Gulberg led Whitman with 15 points and five rebounds. Kim Evanger added eight points and four rebounds for the Missionaries.

Friday, February 5
Whitman 53, Pacific 46

Exacting revenge for a defeat earlier in the season, the Missionaries beat Pacific Friday night in Forest Grove.

Emily Stewart led the way for Whitman scoring 17 points and pulling down eight rebounds. She also had two assists and two blocks.

Sunny Gulberg added 10 points and four assists while Kim Evanger chipped in seven points of her own.

The win gave the Missionaries revenge for a loss earlier in the season to Pacific 42-29. The Missionaries shot just 10 of 46 in the earlier matchup but shot just under 50% from the floor tonight while holding Pacific to 34%.

Saturday, February 6
George Fox 77, Whitman 58

George Fox recieved 61 points from three players as they won their 12th game in 14 trys, downing Whitman Saturday night in Newberg Oregon.

Christy Brock led all scorers with 22 for George Fox while teammates Katie Greller and Nicole Prazeau chipped in 21 and 18 respectively.

The Missionaries were led by freshman Kim Evanger who scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Evanger was a perfect six of six from the charity stripe as Whitman made 34 trips to the free throw line shooting 74%. The Whitman scoring attack was rounded out by Amity Priore with 11, Sunny Gulberg with 10 and Emily Stewart with nine.

George Fox led the Missionaries by six at halftime 29-23 before exploding for close to 50 points in the second half.

George Fox won the prior meeting between the two schools 71-67 at Whitman.

Saturday, February 13
Whitworth 61, Whitman 46

Whitworth scored the final 11 points of the first half, breaking a 22-22 deadlock, and then rolled in the second half to a 61-46 Northwest Conference victory over Whitman Saturday night in Sherwood Center.

The visiting Pirates opened the second half on a 9-2 run to extend their lead to 18 points, 42-24, with 15:30 left to play. Whitman's Amity Priore responded with back-to-back 3-pointers, cutting the Missionary deficit to 12 points, but Whitworth again pulled away.

Sunny Gulberg paced Whitman with 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Kim Evanger also had nine rebounds along with five points. Priore finished with 10 points, while Ashley Wright nabbed eight rebounds.

Friday, February 19
Willamette 62, Whitman 50

With five players scoring eight or more points, the Willamette women downed Whitman 62-50 in a Northwest Conference basketball game Friday night in Sherwood Center.

Amity Priore led Whitman with 12 points but was the only Missionary to score in double figures. Sunny Gulberg, Ashley Wright and Emily Stewart had eight points each for the Missionaries. Wright also grabbed nine rebounds while Stewart pulled down eight boards.

Leading 26-25 with four minutes left in the first half, Willamette reeled off eight unanswered point to extend its advantage to 36-25. Priore popped a 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer for Whitman to trim the Bearcat lead to eight points at the break.

Whitman scored the first two points of the second half to pull within six points, but Willamette maintained its lead at eight to 10 points through much of the second half. The Missionaries again closed to within six points, 56-50, with 3:28 left in the game. Whitman failed to score the rest of the way, however, as the Bearcats nailed down the victory.

Saturday, February 20
Linfield 51, Whitman 49

Linfield survived a late Whitman rally to post a 51-49 Northwest Conference victory Saturday night in Sherwood Center.

With the Wildcats leading 51-47, Whitman's Amity Priore was fouled on a 3-point attempt with two seconds remaining. After Priore made the first two free throws to pull the Missionaries within 51-49, she missed the third attempt intentionally. The strategy nearly worked when one of her teammates, Sunny Gulberg, grabbed the rebound and managed to put back an off-balance shot that failed to drop as time expired.

Linfield scored the final five points of the first half to take a 21-17 lead at the break.

Whitman knotted the score at 27-27 at the 11:48 mark of the second half, and the Missionaries trailed by as few as three points, 41-38, with 6:16 left in the game. Linfield responded by hitting two free throws and two 3-pointers to extend its lead to 49-39 and set the stage for Whitman's rally in the closing minutes.

Gulberg led Whitman with 13 points. Ashley Wright added 11 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the Missionaries. Priore had nine points for the home team.

Whitman played the game without one of its starting forwards, freshman Kim Evanger, who suffered a shoulder injury Friday night against Willamette.

Friday, February 26
UPS 75, Whitman 53

Despite having three players score in double figures, the Missionaires fell short to the University of Puget Sound friday night in Tacoma.

Amity Priore led the Whitman attack with 15 points, three assists and two steals and Sunny Gulberg chipped in 10 points and five assists. Ashley Wright scored 12 first-half points and then fouled out in the second half before she could add to her total. Senior Mandy Rockwell added seven points off of the bench.

The Loggers owned a ten point lead at halftime before Whitman rallied, cutting it to five points at 49-44 with 12:55 to go. Whitman then watched as UPS went on a 12-0 run, holding Whitman scoreless for nearly five minutes, as they pulled away for the victory.

The Missionaries will finish their season Saturday at Lewis and Clark.

Saturday, February 27
Lewis and Clark 63, Whitman 48

In their final game of the season, Whitman fell to Lewis and Clark by fifteen Saturday night in Portland.

The Pioneers stormed out to an early lead, shooting 16-of-33 while holding Whitman to just 6-of-20. Lewis and Clark went in to the locker room at the break with a 19 point advantage at 36-17. The Missionaries battled back in the second half but it wasn't enough as the Pioneers held on to the lead and grabbed the victory.

Ashley Wright recorded a double-double scoring 18 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Amity Priore added 13 points for Whitman.

Seniors Paula Johnson, Faye Hutchison, Becca Curd and Mandy Rockwell all started in their final game as Missionaries. Johnson, Hutchison and Rockwell scored three points each and combined for seven steals while Curd poured in four points.

The Missionaries finish the season with a record of 9-16 overall, 5-13 in conference play.