Whitman College Women's Basketball

2001-2002 Season -- Game Summaries

Friday, November 23
Lady 'Yote Classic, Caldwell, Idaho
Albertson 60, Whitman 49

Opening its season at the Lady 'Yote Classic against host Albertson College, the Whitman women's basketball team dropped a 60-49 decision Friday night in Caldwell, Idaho.

Albertson, a member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference (NAIA Div. II), won its league championship last year, finishing 26-8. Friday's victory gave the Lady 'Yotes a 3-2 record this season.

Whitman was ice cold to start the game, falling behind 23-3. The Missionaries got its offense untracked, however, and pulled to within 32-21 by intermission.

Whitman continued to rally in the second half, and when senior point guard Sunny Gulberg hit a long 3-pointer with six minutes left to play, the Missionaries were within two at 51-49.

The Lady 'Yotes responded with seven straight points, however, to regain control.

Gulberg led all scorers with 26 points, hitting ten of 11 shots from the free throw line. She also had two assists, two steals and a pair of rebounds in 37 minutes of action.

Denise Kirstein, a two-sport athlete at Whitman, had a solid night at the defensive end of the court, pulling down a team-high eight rebounds and grabbing six steals. Kirstein, a sophomore, is an outside hitter on the women's volleyball team.

As a team, Whitman collected 17 steals and forced Albertson into 29 turnovers.

Three other Whitman seniors contributed. Darin Reynaud combined eight rebounds with four points, and Kim Evanger added six boards, two assists and a pair of steals.

Ashley Wright, who has struggled with nagging leg and foot injuries the past two seasons, pulled down seven rebounds, blocked three shots and added five.

Three Missionary freshmen -- Anna Stephenson, Lindsey Gehrig and Abby Johnson -- made their collegiate debuts. Stephenson had four rebounds and four points.

With first-year coach Michelle Ferenz at the helm, the Missionaries play Eastern Oregon University Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the final game of the tournament for both teams.

Box score

Saturday, November 24
Lady 'Yote Classic, Caldwell, Idaho
Eastern Oregon 67, Whitman 58

With just nine players on its roster, four of them freshmen, the Whitman women's basketball team was unable to hold a nine-point second-half lead and fell 67-58 to Eastern Oregon Saturday afternoon in Caldwell, Idaho.

Played as part of the Lady 'Yote Classic, hosted by Albertson College, the game saw Whitman grab a 30-26 halftime lead and eventually stretch its advantage to 47-38 in the second half. But the Mountaineers outscored the tiring Missionaries 29-11 down the stretch to pull out the win.

Whitman's Sunny Gulberg made five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 21 points in 38 minutes of action. Gulberg, who also grabbed four rebounds, was one of five players named to the all-tournament team.

Kim Evanger was good on four of her six shots from the floor and finished with 12 points, five rebounds and four steals. Ashley Wright added 10 points and six boards for the Missionaries.

Freshmen Lindsey Gehrig and Anna Stephenson were the only Missionaries who saw significant minutes off the bench. Stephenson snared a game-high seven rebounds and scored two points in 24 minutes. Gehrig had six points, four rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes.

Abby Johnson, also a freshman and the only other Missionary to make an appearance, played five minutes.

Box score

Friday, November 30
Whitman 66, Evergreen 48

Led by a good outing from a pair of freshman, the Whitman women's basketball team defeated Evergreen State College 66-48 Friday night in Sherwood Center.

The win was the first in three tries for the Missionaries this season, while the Geoducks, now 0-8, continue to struggle. The victory also gave Whitman first-year coach Michelle Ferenz her first collegiate coaching win.

Anna Stephenson, freshman post, paced the Missionaries with 15 points on six-of-eight shooting from the field. Lindsey Gehrig, a freshman guard, did all of her damage in the first half, scoring nine points, all on three-pointers, to help stake Whitman to a 33-20 lead at the break.

After the Geoducks opened the game with a six-point run, the Missionaries responded with a streak of its own, scoring ten straight points. Stephenson grabbed an offensive rebound and opened the Missionary scoring with a three-point play in the paint.

A free throw by Darin Reynaud followed by Gehrig's first trey of the night gave Whitman its first lead at 7-6 with 13:29 to play in the opening stanza.

Evergreen rallied to tie the game at 12-all, but Whitman outscored the Geoducks 21-8 in the remaining seven minutes of the half to take control.

The Missionaries jumped to a quick start in the second half on a quick bucket from senior Ashley Wright. Hitting five of 11 shots from the floor, Wright scored 13 points to go with five rebounds, a pair of steals and a blocked shot.

After Wright's hoop, the visitors answered with a pair of baskets before the Missionaries went on an 11-0 run, opening up a 22-point lead in the process. Wright accounted for seven of the 11 Whitman points during that streak.

Whitman led by as many as 30 in the second half, but Evergreen ended the game on a 7-0 run, outscoring the Missionaries 16-4 in the final 4:43 of the contest.

Whitman's Darin Reynaud finished with a game-high ten rebounds, four blocked shots, three assists and seven points in a strong all-around performance. The Missionaries outrebounded Evergreen 50-40 on the night.

Kim Evanger added eight rebounds and seven points, while Gehrig managed seven boards and three steals to go along with her nine points.

Other contributors for the Missionaries included Denise Kirstein, who scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots, and Sunny Gulberg, who chipped in with seven points, five assists and two steals.

Whitman hosts Cascade College Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. in a non-conference game at Sherwood Center.

Box score

Saturday, December 1
Whitman 42, Cascade 40

With senior point guard Sunny Gulberg making big plays at both ends of the floor in the closing seconds, the Whitman College women's basketball team squeaked past Cascade College 42-40 Friday night in Sherwood Center.

The victory squared Whitman's record at 2-2. Cascade fell to 1-9 on the season.

With the score knotted at 39-39, Gulberg swiped a Cascade inbounds pass with 33 seconds left on the clock to key a Whitman fastbreak. Gulberg took a pass at the other end of the floor and scored on a baseline drive while being fouled. She missed the free throw, but the Missionaries held the lead for good at 41-39 with 26.2 seconds remaining.

Cascade's Becci Randall made one of two charity tosses at the 15.1 mark to pull the Thunderbirds to within 41-40. Gulberg completed the scoring by canning one of two free throws with seconds left.

Gulberg, who finished with 13 points, shared high-point honors with Randall, who also snared 11 rebounds for Cascade.

Whitman's Kim Evanger added eight points, eight rebounds and three steals. Darin Reynaud chipped in with seven points and six boards, while Ashley Wright combined six rebounds and six steals with four points. Lindsey Gehrig, a freshman, hit Whitman's only 3-pointers of the night for six points.

Cascade's Imani Mohammed scored 11 points for the Thunderbirds.

Whitman jumped in front 19-10 midway through the first half, but Cascade rallied to close the gap to 22-20 at the break.

The Thunderbirds evened the score at 26-all early in the second half. Whitman pulled away to lead 38-30 with 5:12 remaining, only to see Cascade claw back to take a 39-38 lead with two minutes left.

Whitman's Evanger hit a free throw with 1:45 left on the clock to knot the score and set the stage for Gulberg's closing heroics.

Box score

Sunday, December 16
Whitman 53, Pacific Union 44

Playing for the first time in more than two weeks, the Whitman women's basketball team rallied from a six-point deficit early in the second half to beat Pacific Union 53-44 Sunday afternoon in Sherwood Center.

The Missionaries improved to 3-2 on the season. The Pioneers, an NAIA Div. II team from Angwin, Calif., dropped to 1-7 overall.

Senior point guard Sunny Gulberg hit a trio of 3-pointers and led Whitman with a game-high 18 points. Freshman Lindsey Gehrig added nine points, and senior Ashley Wright chipped in with eight.

Pacific Union slipped into halftime with a 26-25 lead after Laura Smith and Krissy Harris drained 3-pointers in the final 50 seconds of play. The Pioneers then opened the second half on a 7-2 run to move in front 33-27. The Missionaries responded with a 17-5 spurt over the next ten minutes to take a 44-38 lead with 5:28 remaining.

Pacific Union cut its deficit to 46-44 with 2:39 left. But Whitman's Kim Evanger, knocked from the game late in the first half with a cut over one eye, scored inside at the 2:03 mark to give the Missionaries some breathing room.

After Pacific Union's Cassie Pasqueriello missed a free with 1:19 on the clock, Evanger snared an offensive rebound and fed Gehrig for a short jumper that staked the Missionaries to a 50-44 lead with just under one minute remaining.

Freshman Anna Stephenson grabbed seven rebounds to spark Whitman to a 36-26 advantage on the backboards. Stephenson also had five points and four assists.

Evanger and Denise Kirstein each pulled down six rebounds. Gulberg and Wright collected four steals apiece.

Whitman's next games are Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 29-30, at a tournament hosted by Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz. The Missionaries next play at home on Wednesday, Jan. 2, against Walla Walla College.

Box score

Saturday, December 29
Babson 54, Whitman 51

A second-half rally fell just a little short Saturday as the Whitman women's basketball team dropped a 54-51 decision to Babson College Saturday afternoon at the Grand Canyon University/Tripps Sports Classic in Phoenix, Ariz.

Whitman, which trailed 28-21 at halftime, saw its record fall to 3-3 on the season. Babson, an NCAA Div. III school in Wellesley, Mass., improved to 8-2.

The Missionaries play their second tournament game at 10 a.m. Sunday against Montana State-Northern, an NAIA Div. I school.

Playing for the first time in two weeks, Whitman may have lost Saturday's game at the foul line, making just 10 of 22 attempts.

Senior post Ashley Wright paced Whitman's offense with 12 points, canning five of nine shots from the floor and two of three charity tosses. Wright also grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots.

Denise Kirstein added 10 points and five boards for the Missionaries, while Kim Evanger combined eight points, four assists and two steals with a game-high seven rebounds. Darin Reynaud chipped in with six rebounds, and point guard Sunny Gulberg handed out five assists and scored six points.

Junior Stephanie Lien, who missed Whitman's first five games while on foreign study, saw her first action of the season, contributing five points, two rebounds and two assists. Freshman Anna Stephenson had four points and four rebounds off the bench.

Box score

Sunday, December 30
Montana State-Northern 60, Whitman 42

Another strong performance from Ashley Wright was not enough to lift the Whitman womenís basketball team over NAIA Div. I Montana State-Northern, as the Northern Lights downed the Missionaries 60-42, Sunday morning at the Grand Canyon University/Tripps Sports Classic in Phoenix, Ariz.

The Northern Lights improved to 13-2 on the season, while Whitman dropped a game under .500, at 3-4 overall.

Wright, one of four Missionary seniors on this yearís squad, led her team with 15 points, four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot on seven-of-12 shooting from the floor. Her two-day tournament shooting numbers were 12-of-21 from the floor for 27 points.

Despite the loss, the Missionaries harassed the Northern Lights into 25 turnovers, and outscored Montana on points off turnovers, 21-17.

Sunny Gulberg led Whitman with seven assists, three steals and a block, while contributing 14 points, including nine from three-point range.

Kim Evanger chipped in a team-high six rebounds, to go along with her five points, three assists and a steal.

Whitman opens 2002 with a home game against Walla Walla College at 6 p.m. January 2 in Sherwood Center.

Box score

Wednesday, January 2
Whitman 65, Walla Walla College 33

Senior point guard Sunny Gulberg scored a game-high 18 points and handed out four assists to spark the Whitman women's basketball team to a 65-33 victory over Walla Walla College Wednesday night in Sherwood Center.

Whitman, which plays its first Northwest Conference games this weekend in the Portland area, evened its season record at 4-4. Walla Walla saw its record fall to 2-9.

The Missionaries bolted to leads of 16-4 and 18-7 midway through the first half and maintained their cushion in double digits the rest of the way. Whitman led 36-16 at intermission.

Gulberg hit seven of 15 shots from the floor, including two of four 3-point attempts. She also had two steals and two rebounds.

Stephanie Lien, playing in just her third game since returning from foreign study, added 10 points, five rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes off the bench. Freshman Anna Stephenson also gave the Missionaries a spark off the bench, grabbing a team-high eight rebounds while scoring eight points on four-of- six shooting from the floor.

Other contributors for Whitman included Ashley Wright with eight points, five rebounds and two blocked shots, Denise Kirstein with seven points, seven rebounds and three steals, and Darin Reynaud with five assists, four points, three rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Freshman Lindsay Gehrig chipped in with six points, three assists and three steals.

Katy Briscoe with 10 points and Jillian Haynal with 10 rebounds paced Walla Walla. The Wolves played without two of its starters, Julie Wasemiller and Heather Lambie. Kim Evanger, one of Whitman's starters, also sat out the game to rest a sore knee.

All nine Missionaries who played in the game made the scoring column. Freshmen Abby Johnson and Eliza Arai each score two points. Arai had missed the team's first seven games with a stress fracture.

Whitman opens its conference schedule this weekend with games at Willamette on Friday and Lewis & Clark on Saturday. Both games begin at 6 p.m.

Box score

Friday, January 4
Willamette 75, Whitman 57

Squelching a second-half Whitman rally, Willamette rolled to a 75-57 Northwest Conference victory in women's basketball action Friday night in Salem, Ore.

The Bearcats improved to 6-6 on the season, 1-2 in the NWC, while Whitman fell to 4-5 overall in losing its first conference game of the season.

Willamette led 37-22 at halftime, but the Missionaries pulled to within four points, 49-45, on a Sunny Gulberg jumper with just over 10 minutes left in the second half. The Bearcats countered with a 17-3 over the next five minutes, however, to seal the win.

Gulberg led all scorers with 22 points, hitting nine of 16 shots from the floor, including four of six attempts from the 3-point stripe. She also grabbed a team-high six rebounds and had two steals and two assists.

Denise Kirstein was the only other Missionary in double figures with 11 points. Kirstein snared five rebounds.

Kim Evanger canned three of four shots from the field, finishing with seven points, three rebounds and three steals for Whitman. Stephanie Lien and freshman Anna Stephenson added six points apiece, combining to make six of nine shots from the floor.

Whitman outshot Willamette from the floor, hitting 25 of 53 shots (43.4 percent) compared to 25 of 55 shooting (41.8 percent) for the Bearcats. Willamette cleaned up on the backboards, outrebounding the Missionaries 40-26, and enjoyed a decided advantage at the free throw line. The home team canned 21 of 24 free throws, while Whitman went to the line just 10 times, making six.

Whitman plays at 6 p.m. Saturday at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

Box score

Saturday, January 5
Lewis & Clark 63, Whitman 61

A back-and-forth Northwest Conference women's basketball game broke in favor of the home team as Lewis & Clark held off Whitman for a 63-61 victory Saturday night in Portland.

The Pioneers evened their NWC slate at 1-1 and raised their overall mark to 7-4. Whitman slipped to 0-2 in conference and 4-6 on the season.

The Missionaries held leads of six points early in both halves of play, but Lewis & Clark took charge in the final five minutes, breaking free from a 54-54 deadlock to grab a 62-56 lead with 1:29 left to play.

Kim Evanger's layin, followed by Sunny Gulberg's 3-pointer with 39 seconds remaining, pulled Whitman to within a single point at 62-61. With eight seconds left, Lewis & Clark's Deidra Wilson hit one of two free throws, giving the Missionaries one last opportunity to tie or win the game. Gulberg's 18-foot jumper at the buzzer was tipped, however, to seal the win for the Pioneers.

Ashley Wright hit six of seven shots from the floor, and all five of her free throws, to lead Whitman with 17 points. Wright also had seven rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.

Evanger finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Gulberg added 10 points and seven assists, while Darin Reynaud contributed 10 points and seven boards. Stephanie Lien chipped in with six points and five rebounds.

Whitman jumped in front early, taking leads of 6-1 and 10-4. Lewis & Clark, after pulling even at 16-all with 3:42 left in the first half, eased in front 22-20 at the break.

The Missionaries opened the second half on a 15-7 run to again lead by six points, 35-29, with 15 minutes remaining. The Pioneers regained the lead at 39-37 at the 12:24 mark, and the game was close the rest of the way.

Reynaud's two free throws with 6:06 gave Whitman its last lead at 54-52. Two more free throws by Reynaud, coming with 2:21 on the clock, left the Missionaries trailing by two points, 58-56.

Whitman failed to convert a couple of scoring opportunities, however, and Lewis & Clark used four consecutive free throws to build its lead to six.

Box score

Friday, January 11
Whitman 51, PLU 42

Sunny Gulberg scored 19 points, moving into 11th place on Whitman's career scoring list, to power the Missionaries to a 51-42 Northwest Conference victory over Pacific Lutheran Friday night in Sherwood Center.

Whitman upped its record 5-6 and 1-2 in the NWC. The loss snapped PLU's nine-game winning streak, dropping the Lutes to 10-2 on the season, 4-1 in conference play.

Gulberg, a senior, hit five of nine shots from the floor and eight of nine free throws to raise her career scoring total at Whitman to 922 points. She moved into 11th place on the Missionary scoring list, passing Kristi Lampe, a 1995 graduate who tallied 918 points.

Kim Evanger added 12 points, nine rebounds and three steals for the Missionaries. Ashley Wright made six of 10 shots from the floor, scoring 12 points and grabbing seven boards.

Whitman held PLU scoreless for a stretch of more seven minutes midway through the first half to build a 14-8 lead. The Lutes closed the gap to 20-18 at the break.

After shooting just 18 percent from the floor in the first half, the Lutes warmed up early in the second stanza, jumping in front 34-26 with 10:41 left to play.

The Missionaries evened the score at 35-35 by the 6:51 mark, but PLU moved back in front 40-36 with 5:34 remaining. Whitman outscored the visitors 15-2 the rest of the way, however, to ice the victory.

Freshman Anna Stephenson, who had five rebounds and four points off the bench, hit a bucket to trigger Whitman's comeback. After Darin Reynaud made three of four free throws, Gulberg gave Whitman the lead for good at 43-42, getting a short jumper to drop while spinning and falling through the lane.

On PLU's next possession, Gulberg picked off a steal, was fouled and nailed two free throws to stake the Missionaries to a 45-42 cushion with 2:58 left. Whitman's Stephanie Lien made a steal and Wright blocked a fastbreak layin attempt in the closing minutes to help keep the Lutes scoreless.

For the game, PLU hit just 22 percent of its shots from the floor and 50 percent of its free throws (14 of 28). Whitman outrebounded the Lutes 44-38. Neither side took great care of the ball, with Whitman committing 25 turnovers, six more than PLU.

The Missionaries shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half and finished the night at 42.1 percent.

Box score

Saturday, January 12
UPS 63, Whitman 60

Puget Sound outscored Whitman 17-3 in the first six minutes of the second half and then survived the home team's comeback attempt in posting a 63-60 victory in Northwest Conference women's basketball action Saturday night in Sherwood Center.

The Loggers now stand at 11-2 overall, 3-1 in the NWC. The loss drops Whitman to 5-7 overall, 1-3 in the NWC.

Trailing 34-29 at intermission, Puget Sound surged into a 46-37 lead with 14 minutes left in the second half. With the Loggers still leading 55-47 with eight minutes remaining, the Missionaries reeled off nine consecutive points -- six by Ashley Wright -- to grab a 56-55 lead at the 4:15 mark.

After Puget Sound converted five of six free throws to lead 60-56 with two minutes left, Whitman knotted the score at 60 on a bucket by Kim Evanger and Denise Kirstein's two free throws.

Courtney Leybold made one of two free throws with 21 seconds on the clock to put the Loggers up for good. The Missionaries failed to get off a shot in their final possession, and two more Logger free throws completed the scoring.

The Puget Sound victory spoiled an otherwise big night for Whitman's Sunny Gulberg, who scored a game-high 20 points to move into 10th place on the Missionary career scoring list. Despite missing more half of her junior season to foreign study, the 5-foot-6 senior has now scored 942 points. Gulberg displaced 1993 graduate Heather Denker, who tallied 938 points at Whitman.

Gulberg, who hit four 3-pointers, also grabbed six rebounds and handed out three assists. Wright finished with 18 points, eight boards and two steals.

Julie Vanni sparked Puget Sound with 19 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Leybold added 17 points.

Evanger added eight points for the Missionaries, pushing her past the 500-point mark in her four injury-plagued years at Whitman. She also snared eight rebounds and two steals. Her career numbers now stand at 503 points, 456 rebounds and 101 steals.

Whitman outrebounded the Loggers 40-31 but lost the turnover battle 21-13. Both teams shot just over 38 percent from the floor.

Box score

Tuesday, January 15
Whitworth 55, Whitman 36

Whitworth survived an off shooting night by its leading scorer in posting a 55-36 victory at Whitman in Northwest Conference women's basketball action Tuesday night in Sherwood Center.

The visiting Pirates upped their record to 9-6, 4-2 in the NWC, while the Missionaries fell to 5-8 on the season and 1-4 in conference play.

Whitworth's Erica Ewart, who began the week as the NWC's leading scorer, managed just four points Tuesday night, more than 13 points below her average. But with Tiffany Speer notching a game-high 15 points and Sarah Shogren adding 10 off the bench, the Pirates had more than enough firepower.

Whitman got 10 points apiece from Sunny Gulberg and Ashley Wright, but the Missionaries shot just 32 percent from the floor while turning the ball over 29 times. While her teammates had trouble finding their shooting touch, Wright was perfect from the floor, hitting all five of her shots. She also pulled down three rebounds and blocked two shots.

Whitworth led 21-15 at halftime and pulled away to a 36-22 advantage with 12:29 left to play. With freshman Lindsey Gehrig nailing Whitman's only 3-pointer of the night and Gulberg and Wright combining for nine points, the Missionaries closed the gap to 41-34 at the 6:34 mark. From that point on, however, it was no contest as Whitworth closed out its victory with a 14-2 run.

With freshman reserve Anna Stephenson snaring eight rebounds, Whitman outrebounded the Pirates 38-25. Kim Evanger and Denise Kirstein each grabbed six boards for the Missionaries. Shogren led Whitworth with five rebounds.

Box score

Friday, January 18
Pacific 63, Whitman 60

A hot start was enough for the Pacific University women's basketball team Friday night, as the visiting Boxers of Forest Grove, Ore., outscored Whitman 63-60 in Northwest Conference action in Sherwood Center.

The Boxers, who started the game on a 10-0 run over the first four minutes of action, jump to 4-3 in the conference, 8-7 overall. Whitman drops to 1-5 in the conference, 5-9 overall.

Pacific used its good fortune to build a 30-23 halftime lead. Whitman tied the score at 19-all on Sunny Gulberg's 151st career 3-pointer, tying her with 1993 Missionary graduate Heather Denker for the all-time school record in career 3-pointers made.

Gulberg finished the game atop the all-time school list, scoring twice more from long range in the final 20 minutes. Her record-clinching shot came with 13:27 to play in the game, pulling the Missionaries within seven at 36-43.

Gulberg finished the night with 15 points, six assists, four rebounds, two steals and one school record under her belt.

Whitman pulled within three points with five minutes to play in the game, before a fire alarm tripped off stalled the game for nearly 20 minutes. At the time, Whitman was down 55-52 with 5:03 left to play.

The Boxers used the rest to its advantage, as Pacific opened with a pair of free throws after the second intermission. Back-to-back Whitman baskets by Denise Kirstein and Kim Evanger brought the Missionaries to within one-point, but a Louise Walcott three-pointer put Whitman right back on the ropes with 3:30 to play.

Evanger and Boxer Mary Lindburg tied for game-high honors with 16 points apiece. Evanger was eight-of-12 from the field, adding six rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal. Lindburg managed a double-double, leading all players with 11 boards.

Whitman won the battle of the backboards 34-30, though the Boxers made less mistakes, committing 15 turnovers Ė six less than Whitman.

Whitman hosts nationally-ranked George Fox University Saturday night at 6 p.m. in Sherwood Center. The Boxers travel to Spokane to take on the Whitworth Pirates.

Box score

Saturday, January 19
George Fox 69, Whitman 57

Despite a huge offensive night from Sunny Gulberg, the Whitman women's basketball team dropped a Northwest Conference game to 10th-ranked George Fox 69-57 Saturday night in Sherwood Center.

The victory rights the Bruins ship after a Friday night loss at Whitworth. George Fox jumps to 15-2 overall, 6-2 in the conference. Whitman falls to 5-10 overall, 1-6 in the NWC.

Gulberg led all scorers with a career-high 30 points on 11-of-21 shooting from field, including five three-pointers. The senior point guard single-handedly led the Missionaries to a 33-31 first-half lead. She scored 20 points on eight-of-nine shooting in the opening frame.

Whitman led by as many as 14 points in the first stanza, after opening the game on a 15-4 run. The Bruins closed the half outscoring Whitman 11-3, to pull within two at the intermission buzzer.

The nationally-ranked Bruins opened the second half with a pair of buckets to take a 35-33 lead, and after the two teams traded the lead, Liz Clark put the Bruins up for good on a three-pointer with 17:15 left in the game.

The Bruins generated spurts of 9-0 and 6-0 in the final frame to keep the game out of reach.

Heather Doud and Nicole Prazeau each finished in double-digit scoring for the Bruins. Doud led the team with 18 points, while Prazeau finished with 16.

Whitman's Ashley Wright finished with 10 rebounds, nine points, four assists, three steals and a pair of blocked shots before fouling out with just under five minutes to play in regulation. Kim Evanger added seven points, six rebounds and four steals.

For the evening, the Bruins turned the ball over 21 times, twice more than Whitman. The Bruins enjoyed a 43-37 margin on the backboards.

Gulberg finished the night just three points shy of the 1,000-point plateau for her Whitman career. She can top that mark when Whitman plays Tuesday at Linfield College.

Box score

Tuesday, January 22
Linfield 54, Whitman 40

On a milestone night for Sunny Gulberg, the Whitman College women's basketball team dropped a Northwest Conference road game to Linfield College, 54-40, Tuesday night in McMinnville, Ore.

The loss leaves Whitman's record at 5-11 overall and 1-7 in the conference. The Wilcats improved to 8-9 on the season, 4-4 in the NWC.

For Gulberg, the night was bittersweet. The senior guard scored a team-high 14 points, becoming the tenth player in the history of Whitman women's basketball to surpass 1,000 points in a career. She ended the night with 1,011 total points.

Gulberg, who also handed out four assists and grabbed four rebounds, hit four 3-pointers on the night. That gives her 39 treys on the season, which leads the NWC, and 162 in her Whitman career. Gulberg became the all-time Missionary 3-pointer shooter last weekend.

With the exception of a 14-14 tie, Whitman led for all but a few seconds of the first half. Monica Schwing, who topped all scorers with 18 points, hit a fast-break layin with two seconds left in the opening stanza to stake Linfield to an 18-17 lead at the break.

The Wildcats outscored Whitman 20-0 to open the second half, however, to build a huge lead. The Missionaries drew no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

Whitman's Stephanie Lien, who made five of seven shots from the floor to score 10 points off the bench, was the only Whitman player in double figures. Kim Evanger and Denise Kirstein snared four rebounds each for the Missionaries.

Whitman continues its conference travel schedule this weekend when the Missionaries journey to Tacoma to take on Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran on Friday and Saturday night. Both games begin at 6 p.m.

Box score

Friday, January 25
Puget Sound 73, Whitman 46

Unable to muster much of an offensive attack, the Whitman women's basketball team dropped a 73-46 Northwest Conference game to Puget Sound Friday night at the Memorial Fieldhouse in Tacoma.

The win was the sixth home victory in a row for the Loggers, now 13-4 on the season and 5-3 in the conference. Whitman drops to 5-12 overall, 1-8 in the NWC.

After both teams struggled to score in the opening minutes, the Loggers took what proved to be a commanding lead at 25-7, with 7:56 left to play in the opening half. The Loggers would lead 37-19 at the intermission, and the home team was never threatened in the second half.

Whitman's Kim Evanger hit all four of her shots from the floor and finished with eight points and seven rebounds to lead the Missionaries in both categories. Stephanie Lien added eight points off the Whitman bench, while Ashley Wright accounted for seven points, four rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals in 20 minutes of action before fouling out.

Whitman's Sunny Gulberg, who began the weekend as the second-leading scorer in the conference, managed just seven points.

Puget Sound made 27 of 60 shots from the field, or 45 percent, while the Missionaries shot just 16 of 51 from the floor.

The Missionaries travel to Pacific Lutheran for more Northwest Conference action Saturday night at 6 p.m.

Box score

Saturday, January 26
Pacific Lutheran 55, Whitman 44

Pacific Lutheran stayed atop the Northwest Conference standings, and avoided a season sweep at the hands of the Whitman women, by pinning a 55-44 defeat on the Missionaries Saturday night in Tacoma, Wash.

The Lutes upped their record to 14-2 overall and an NWC-best 8-1. The Missionaries slipped to 5-13 on the season and 1-9 in league play.

Whitman's only conference victory came earlier this month in a 51-42 upset of Lutes in Walla Walla. That game was the first of eight NWC games the Missionaries would play in 16 days, culminating with the rematch with PLU.

Clearly a tired bunch, the Missionaries turned the ball over 26 times against the Lutes and shot just 35.9 percent from the floor.

Kim Evanger's layin gave Whitman a 7-6 lead with 14:49 left in the first half. As the Missionary offense sputtered, PLU finished the half on a 24-7 roll to lead 30-16 at the break.

The Lutes stretched their lead to 17 points early in the second half before Whitman rallied. The comeback hit its high point when Sunny Gulberg nailed a 3-pointer at the 11:52 mark, pulling the Missionaries to within 36-30 on the scoreboard.

PLU answered with a pair of 3-pointers, however, to push its margin back into double figures, where it stayed for most of the game's remainder.

Ashley Wright paced Whitman with 11 points, making four of eight shots from the floor, and eight rebounds. Gulberg finished with 10 points and five boards, while Kim Evanger contributed nine points, eight rebounds and five steals.

Whitman won the rebounding battle, outboarding the Lutes 37-33. The Missionary defense also forced PLU into 17 turnovers and a poor shooting night (32.7 percent from the floor).

Box score

Friday, February 1
Whitman 61, Lewis & Clark 37

With seven different players scoring points, the Whitman women's basketball team jumped in front 17-9 midway through the first half and rolled to a 61-37 Northwest Conference victory over Lewis & Clark Friday night in Sherwood Center.

Avenging a two-point loss at Lewis & Clark earlier in the season, Whitman improved to 6-13 on the season and 2-9 in NWC play. The visiting Pioneers fell to 7-12 and 1-9.

After Whitman's opening surge, Lewis & Clark pulled to within a point at 17-16 with 6:47 left in the first half. But the Missionaries closed out the half on a 12-2 run to lead 29-18 at the break.

Whitman kept its momentum rolling to start the second stanza, using a 12-6 spurt to take a 17-point lead with 9:04 left to play. The Missionaries extended their lead to as many as 29 points with a minute remaining.

Whitman's Sunny Gulberg scored a game-high 14 points while handing out four assists and grabbing three rebounds. Ashley Wright added 12 points, six boards and two blocked shots. Kim Evanger contributed 11 points and seven rebounds, which gives her an even 500 rebounds in four injury-plagued season.

The Missionaries crushed Lewis & Clark on both the backboards and at the free throw line. Darin Reynaud snared a dozen rebounds as Whitman outboarded the Pioneers 53-27. The difference was just as pronounced at the charity stripe. With Lewis & Clark committing 27 fouls and three players fouling out, the Missionaries went to the line 48 times and made 31 of those attempts.

Gulberg and Evanger shot 11 free throws each, converting their chances into 15 points. As a team, the Pioneers went to the line just 10 times, making five.

Whitman's 48 free throw opportunities is a new season high for NWC teams. The previous high was 42, which Willamette attempted a week ago against Linfield. By making 31 of its free throws, Whitman tied the number George Fox made against Evergreen State in December.

Lewis & Clark got 10 points and five rebounds from both Lindsay Sweetland and Deidra Wilson. Sweetland, who entered the game averaging 15.6 points (the same number as Whitman's Gulberg), did not score in the second half.

The Pioneers shot just 28.8 percent from the floor for the game. Denise Kirstein helped key Whitman's defense with five steals and seven rebounds. Kirstein also had nine points. Lindsey Gehrig, Stephanie Lien and Anna Stephenson, coming off the Missionary bench, combined for 15 rebounds.

Box score

Saturday, February 2
Whitman 57, Willamette 49

Winning for the second time in as many nights, the Whitman women's basketball team rolled to a 57-49 Northwest Conference win over Willamette University Saturday in Sherwood Center.

Whitman is now 7-13 overall and 3-9 in the conference, while the Bearcats drop to 9-12 overall, 4-8 in the NWC.

Dominating the first 20 minutes from start to finish, the Missionaries opened the night on a 12-1 run, as it took Willamette nearly nine minutes before its first field goal went down with 11:20 to play in the period.

Led by ten first half points from Sunny Gulberg, Whitman eventually went into the locker rooms up 31-11. The Bearcats connected on exactly four-of-22 field goals in the opening frame.

The second half opened with Willamette finding its long range touch, as three different Bearcats connected from long range, pulling Willamette within 13 points with 15 minutes left to play in regulation.

Denise Kirstein single-handedly kept Whitman ahead, as she scored the first seven Missionary points of the second half, on her way to a game-high 18 points on seven-of-11 shooting from the field. Kirstein led all players with nine rebounds on the night, adding three assists, one blocked shot and a steal to her effort.

Willamette would eventually close the gap to single digits with just over two minutes to play, but the Bearcats never got closer than seven points, as Ashley Wright and Kirstein sunk free-throws down the stretch.

Wright finished with 11 points, three assists, two blocked shots and four steals. Gulberg ended the night with 15 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Darin Reynaud and Kim Evanger both tallied seven rebounds for Whitman.

Willamette had three players in double figures: Wenchi Liu and Kasey Sorenson with 11, and Rosie Contri with 10.

The Missionaries totaled 41 rebounds, four more than the Bearcats.

Whitman travels to Spokane Tuesday night to take on Whitworth, before entertaining Linfield Saturday night in Sherwood in the final home game of Whitman's season.

Box score

Tuesday, February 5
Whitworth 65, Whitman 41

Keeping its playoff hopes alive, the Whitworth women's basketball team defeated Whitman, 65-41, Tuesday night in Spokane.

The Pirates improved to 9-4 in the Northwest Conference and 14-8 overall, while the Missionaries slipped to 7-14 overall and 3-10 in the conference.

The game was close for much of the first half, which ended with the Missionaries trailing 24-18. Led by ten points from Sunny Gulberg, Whitman stayed close for the first 10 minutes of the second stanza. But with the Missionaries down 41-36 at the 10:08 mark, Whitworth scored 24 of the game's final 29 points to pull away.

Gulberg added four assists to her performance. Her ten points puts her just six away from passing Missionary grad Mary Kincaid for ninth place on the Whitman career scorering list.

Ashley Wright added eight points and eight boards to the Missionary attack. Kim Evanger hit for seven points and six rebounds, as well as three assists, two blocked shots and a steal.

Darin Reynaud and Denise Kirstein finished with six points, apiece. Reynaud also tallied seven rebounds and three steals.

Whitman plays its final home game this Saturday against Linfield College in Sherwood Center. It will be last home game in the careers of Missionary seniors Sunny Gulberg, Kim Evanger, Ashley Wright and Darin Reynaud.

Box score

Saturday, February 9
Linfield 56, Whitman 54

Making just enough free throws down the stretch, the Linfield women's basketball team survived a determined band of Missionaries in posting a 56-54 Northwest Conference victory Saturday night in Sherwood Center.

The Wildcats improved to 10-13 on the season and 6-8 in conference. Whitman finished the night 7-15 overall and 3-11 in the NWC.

The game was nip and tuck most of the way, although Linfield held a narrow lead for the last eight minutes of the game.

Linfield jumped to a 9-2 lead in the first five minutes, but Whitman battled back, eventually taking its first lead of the night, 17-16, with 5:22 left in the opening half.

The two teams changed leads seven times in the first 20 minutes before Whitman closed the half with a three-point cushion at 26-23.

Linfield opened the second half with a Katie Gardner 3-pointer to knot the score at 26-all. After seven more lead changes and two more ties, Linfield went ahead for good with eight minutes left.

Whitman's Sunny Gulberg nailed a 3-pointer with just nine seconds left in the game to bring Whitman to within one point at 54-55. After Linfield's Heidi Jurgens made one of two free throws, Gulberg's runner as time expired was just short, giving Linfield the victory.

Gulberg's 3-pointer moved her past Mary Kincaid into ninth place on Whitman's career scoring list. She finished with nine points for the game and 1,076 points for her Missionary career. Kincaid graduated from Whitman in 1986 and later coached for nine seasons at Linfield during the 1990s.

Whitman was led by senior Darin Reynaud, who scored a game-high 12 points in her final home game as a Missionary. Denise Kirstein finished with 10 points for Whitman.

Kim Evanger led all players with eight rebounds, chipping in five points, three assists and two steals. Ashley Wright added seven points, four rebounds and four assists. Evanger and Wright, along with Gulberg and Reynaud, were also playing their final home games.

Whitman ends its season on the road next weekend when the Missionaries travel to Oregon to play George Fox and Pacific.

Box score

Friday, February 15
George Fox 69, Whitman 31

The George Fox women ran their season record to 20-4, hitting the 20-victory plateau for the third consecutive season, in racing past Whitman 69-31 Friday night in Newberg, Ore.

The Bruins, ranked as high as 21st nationally in one NCAA Div. III poll, improved to 11-4 in the Northwest Conference, tied for second place with Whitworth. George Fox hosts Whitworth Saturday night in the regular season finale for both schools.

Whitman, hampered all season by injury problems, fell to 7-16 on the season and 3-12 in league play. The Missionaries end their season Saturday night at Pacific.

George Fox shot 50 percent from the floor, 3-point stripe and free throw line in dominating Friday's game, forcing Whitman into 34 turnovers. The Bruins led 37-14 at halftime and were never threatened after intermission.

Whitman's leading scorers were Ashley Wright and Lindsey Gehrig with six points each. Wright also collected a game-high seven rebounds and four steals.

Box score

Saturday, February 16
Pacific 64, Whitman 44

Trailing by just seven points midway through the second half, the Whitman women's basketball team was outscored 24-4 over a stretch of nine minutes as Pacific rolled away to a 64-44 Northwest Conference victory Saturday night in Forest Grove, Ore.

Whitman ended its season with a 7-17 record, 3-13 in conference. Pacific upped its record to 11-13 overall, 7-9 in league play.

Seniors Kim Evanger and Darin Reynaud paced Whitman with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Both players had seven rebounds. Freshmen Lindsey Gehrig added nine points for the Missionaries.

Whitman outrebounded the Boxers 35-34 but were hurt by 25 turnovers.

Box score