Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Stewart Caps Senior Season with All-NWC Basketball Honors

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Emily Stewart, an athletic 6-foot-2 center who scored nearly 900 points and grabbed more than 400 rebounds in her three seasons at Whitman College, has earned All-Northwest Conference honorable mention recognition.

"I told Emily at the start of the season that she was an all-conference player, and that she should make it one of her personal's goal," Whitman coach Lori Napier said. "She's too humble to do that, or to even talk about it."

Stewart, who missed her junior season while on foreign study, capped her Missionary career by averaging 14.2 points and 7.8 rebounds as a senior. Whitman's leading scorer, she also led the Missionaries in shooting, hitting 47 percent of her shots from the floor. She finished the season as the NWC's seventh-leading rebounder and eighth-leading scorer.

Stewart's senior campaign included five "double-doubles," games in which she combined at least 10 points and 10 rebounds. She snared a career-high 21 rebounds and scored 18 points in a Whitman victory over Evergreen State College, and she keyed a Missionary triumph over Willamette University with 22 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots.

"Because Emily was the only player on our team averaging in double figures in points, she was frequently double- and triple-teamed," Napier said. "Even when she didn't have the ball, defenders would sag off into her passing lane. She continued to work hard and was a steady inside force for us all season. This is an honor she deserves."

In her three seasons at Whitman, Stewart collected 866 points and 436 rebounds.

A 1997 graduate of Aloha (Ore.) High School, Stewart is the daughter of Marsha and Leo Stewart of Beaverton, Ore. Stewart is majoring in sociology and environmental studies at Whitman.


Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information, (509) 527-5902