Wednesday, March 1, 2000

Whitman's Tati Gallardo Earns All-NWC Honors in First Season

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Tati Gallardo, a Whitman College freshman and one of the top 3-point shooters in the Northwest Conference (NWC), has earned honorable mention recognition on the all-conference women's basketball team.

Gallardo, a 5-foot-6 starting guard, hit 42.7 percent of her 3-point shots, making 35 of 82 attempts in 24 games. Her 3-point percentage was second-best in the conference, trailing only a Whitworth College reserve who took nearly 30 fewer shots and made 10 fewer 3-pointers than Gallardo.

Gallardo was second on the Whitman roster in scoring, averaging 11.0 points per game. She made 85 percent of her free throws (34 of 40), which would have led the conference had she made the minimum standard of two free throws per game.

Gallardo also averaged 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.9 steals per game. She scored a season-high 22 points in a game against Willamette University, making eight of 16 shots from the floor while grabbing six rebounds and two steals. Her single-game high in rebounding was 14 boards against Pacific University.

In December, Gallardo earned the Most Valuable Player trophy in the women's portion of Whitman's annual Wildhorse Resort Classic. In two Whitman victories, she scored 29 points while snaring eight rebounds and five steals.

"Tati is a great player," Whitman coach Cathy Crosslin said. "She deserves this award not only because of her 3-point shooting percentage, but because she was so consistent. Most players see their statistics drop a little during conference play -- especially during the second round. Tati's numbers kept improving over the course of her first season."

Gallardo was highly productive despite ongoing back problems, Crosslin added. "When you consider that she played with considerable back pain, you realize just what a great player she is. She is a pleasure to coach because she is very competitive, has a great attitude and her play is rock solid."

Gallardo, a 1999 graduate of South Salem (Ore.) High School, is the daughter of Susan and Jorge Gallardo of Salem, Ore.


Dav e Holden, Whitman Sports Information, 509 527-5902