Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006

Whitman Women’s Basketball Team Places Two on All-NWC Squad

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Whitman College basketball players Lizzy Washburn and Katie Patneaude have earned post-season all-conference honors.

Washburn, a 5-foot-9 junior forward from Mundelein, Ill., was one of six players named to the All-Northwest Conference First Team. Washburn, who made the second team a year ago, was the third-leading vote-getter in this year's balloting by conference coaches.

Patneaude, a 5-foot-10 junior guard from Seattle, Wash., was one of six players who received Honorable Mention recognition. Two years ago, Patneaude capped her first season at Whitman by earning first-team honors.

Washburn, a three-year starter, led Whitman for a second consecutive season in scoring (13.3 ppg), rebounding (7.1 rpg), shooting percentage (50.2 percent), and blocked shots (12 total). She led the conference in offensive rebounding, averaging 3.13 per game, and was third in shooting percentage, fourth in total rebounding and seventh in scoring.

A captain, Washburn capped her senior season by netting NWC Player of the Week honors. She scored 44 points and grabbed 20 rebounds as Whitman won its final two games to capture the third and final conference playoff berth.

Washburn had four double-doubles this season, missing six others by one or two rebounds. She scored a career-high 28 points and snared eight rebounds in a victory over Willamette University. She was named to a pair of all-tournament teams last November and December. She missed her only game of the season in early December following elbow surgery.

With at least one NWC playoff game left in her college career, Washburn has 987 career points and sits in 11th place on Whitman's all-time scoring list. Her career numbers also include 487 rebounds, 148 steals, 124 assists and 51 blocked shots.

Patneaude finished her junior campaign as Whitman's second-leading scorer (12.2 ppg) and third-leading rebounder (5.0 rpg). She also led the squad in steals with 40.

Patneaude got off to a blistering start last November, scoring a career-high 27 points in each of her first two games at the Midway Classic in Chicago, Ill. She joined Washburn on that all-tournament team.

Patneaude is poised to move up Whitman's career scoring list next season as a senior. She has 809 points headed into this week's NWC playoff game.


Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information,
(509) 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu