Three Make All-NWC Women's BB Team
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008
Whitman's Krall, Shubin & Peterson
Named to Women's All-NWC Team
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Sophomore Michelle Krall tops a list of three Whitman College players named to the All-Northwest Conference women's basketball team.
Krall, a versatile 5-foot-10 guard/forward, was named to the All-NWC Second Team. Emily Shubin, a 5-foot-10 senior forward, and Jenele Peterson, a 5-foot-7 first-year guard, received Honorable Mention recognition in a vote of conference coaches.
As part of a balanced Whitman attack, Krall scored 8.7 points per game and led the team in assists, averaging 2.9 per outing. She also was Whitman's second-leading rebounder, averaging 4.5 boards, and served as its primary defensive stopper on the perimeter. She and Peterson tied for the team lead in steals with 28 apiece.
Krall was one of Whitman's more deadly 3-point threats, making 40 percent (30-75) of her shots from beyond the arc on the season, which was third-best percentage in the conference. In 16 NWC games, she was 19 of 45 (42.2 percent) from the 3-point line.
Season highlights for Krall included a career-high 20 points against Northwest Nazarene. She had 15 points and five rebounds in a victory over Willamette, and she handed out eight assists in a victory at Pomona-Pitzer.
Krall, who was slowed by chronic knee problems over the last few weeks of the season, is a graduate of Poway (Calif.) High School.
Shubin, who averaged 8.2 points and 7.9 rebounds, led Whitman in rebounding for a second consecutive season. She was No. 4 in the NWC in rebounding this season, and she was No. 3 in field goal percentage, making 87 of her 169 shots (51.5 percent) from the floor.
Shubin, a senior co-captain, posted three double-doubles this winter. She had 18 points and 13 rebounds at Whitworth and 11 points and 11 boards at Puget Sound. She sparked a non-conference victory over Cascade with 14 points and 15 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive glass.
Shubin enjoyed one of her best games late in the season in a home-floor triumph over Puget Sound, the NWC co-champion. She hit the winning bucket with six second left in the game, capping a night in which she made seven of eight shots from the floor while scoring a game-high 18 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
Earlier this month, Shubin was named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District Second Team. She is a graduate of Bellevue (Wash.) High School.
Peterson, the only first-year player in the NWC to earn all-conference recognition, led Whitman in scoring this season, averaging 9.9 points on the season and 10.1 points in conference games only. She finished second in the NWC in 3-point shooting, making 44.7 percent (17-38) of her long-range shots in 16 conference games. For the season, she ranked fourth in field goal percentage, making 51.4 percent (91-177) of her shots from the floor.
Peterson scored 21 points, making seven of nine shots from the floor, in a victory over Linfield. She made both of her 3-point shots in that game and had no turnovers in 32 minutes on the floor. She added a season-high 22 points at Whitworth, making seven of 13 shots while handing out four assists against just two turnovers.
Peterson's most impressive offensive display came in a victory over Pacific. She made all nine of her shots from the floor, including all five of her 3-point tries, en route to a team-high 19 points. She had four assists and no turnovers in 34 minutes.
Peterson, who lives in Redondo Beach, Calif., is a graduate of South High School in Torrance, Calif.
Dave Holden, Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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