News release date: Feb. 20, 2002

Gulberg Caps Career with Second Team All-NWC Honors

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Sunny Gulberg, the most prolific 3-point shooter in the history of women's basketball at Whitman College, has capped her Missionary career by earning Second Team All-Northwest Conference honors.

Despite tearing the meniscus cartilage in her right knee early in her senior season, Gulberg led the NWC in 3-point shooting with 50 3-point baskets and was the fifth-leading scorer in the conference, averaging 14.0 points per game.

As a senior, Gulberg also averaged 3.17 assists, the seventh-best mark in the conference, and 3.0 rebounds. In early January, she was named NWC Player of the Week after combining 39 points, nine rebounds and five assists in two games, including an upset victory over eventual conference champion Pacific Lutheran.

Gulberg, who played in just 11 games as a junior because of foreign study, finished in ninth place on Whitman's career scoring list with 1,085 points. She made a total of 173 3-point baskets in her collegiate career, shattering Whitman's previous career mark of 151.

Gulberg's career numbers at Whitman also include 303 rebounds, 250 assists and 129 steals.

At 5-foot-6, the versatile Gulberg shifted between point guard and shooting guard during her four seasons. She made an immediate impact as a freshman, averaging 11.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.68 assists to earn All-NWC Honorable Mention recognition. Through the first 11 games of her junior season, she was averaging 15.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists. She left campus at the semester break, however, to study in Vienna, Austria, and missed the remainder of the season.

As a senior, Gulberg was averaging 16.7 points in her first four games before tearing the meniscus cartilage in her right knee during practice. Foregoing surgery, she played the rest of the season in a knee brace.

"The knee hampered Sunny's mobility and was very sore when we played on back-to-back nights, especially with all the minutes she was playing," Whitman coach Michelle Ferenz said. "All things considered, Sunny had a great senior season and a great career. She was an excellent scorer and competitor for us, and one of those people who will be very hard for us to replace."

Gulberg, a graduate of Snohomish, Wash., High School, is the daughter of Larry and Deborah Gulberg of Snohomish.


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