Women's Basketball Looks to Regain Momentum at George Fox Saturday
Walla Walla, WA – The No. 19 ranked Lady Missionaries head to Newberg, Oregon to face George Fox tomorrow night, looking to rebound from their first conference loss of the season Tuesday night at Whitworth. Whitman, 4 – 1 in conference and 12 – 2 on the year, currently sits atop the Northwest Conference standings with a half-game lead over the Bruins and Lewis & Clark, who both play tonight before Saturday’s tilt.
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The No.25 ranked Bruins (3 – 1 in the NWC and 10 – 3 overall) feature All-America Center Hannah Munger who is fourth in the NWC in scoring (14.5 ppg) and first in blocked shots (3.0 bspg) while averaging 7 boards. The 6 – 5 senior, in her last three games, has averaged 15.3 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. In those three games, the Bruins went 2 – 1, losing to Lewis & Clark on the road before defeating Linfield, 55 – 35, and Willamette, 68 – 55, also away from home.
Tomorrow night’s affair marks the end of a long road stretch for the Missionaries who will have played four road games over an 8-day span when the final buzzer sounds. Whitman started the road swing with a bang, downing then No. 5 Lewis & Clark 88 – 72 on Friday and following it up with an impressive win 69 – 54 win at Pacific the following night, before dropping the decision at Whitworth on Tuesday. The week also saw the Missionaries enter the D3 Hoops.com Top 25 with a No.19 ranking.
The Missionaries have been a model of efficiency on offense as they lead the conference in shooting percentage (46 %). They are also tied for tops in the NWC in assists with Whitworth at 15.3 per game. Whitman is also getting it done on the defensive end, ranking second in points allowed (55.3 ppg), fourth in steals (8.1 stpg) and No.1 in rebound allowed – limiting their opponents to only 31.5 boards per contest.
On the flipside, Whitman leads the conference in rebounding (45.2 rpg) and rebound margin (+13 rpg).
The Whitties are looking to stem the tide in their regular season matchups against the Bruins. George Fox has won the last 8 regular season meetings. During that time, the Bruins have won four-straight NWC titles, including two undefeated conference seasons, and several trips to the NCAA Final Four, including a championship in 2009 and an appearance in the finals last season.
Tomorrow’s tip-off is at 4 pm.
The game can be seen on video by clicking http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/georgefox.portal# . Live Stats are available a thttps://webservices.georgefox.edu/athletics/livestats/mbasketball/xlive.htm.
News & Notes: junior forward Sarah Anderegg ranks third in NWC scoring (16.0 ppg) . . . Anderegg scored a career-high 32 in the Lewis & Clark win . . . Anderegg, sophomore forward Heather Lovelace and junior forward Meghan White rank 1, 2, 3 in conference FG % . . . Anderegg (60.5 %), Lovelace (54.1 %) and White (53.4 %) . . . sophomore guard Heather Johns ranks second in assists (3.4 apg) . . . White is fifth in rebounds (7.9 rpg)
The W Club event at the Lewis & Clark doubleheader drew over 70 Whitman alums, parents and friends . . . both basketball coaches, Michelle Ferenz and Eric Bridgeland spoke, as did some players, and Athletic Director, Dean Snider.
Whitman Sports Information Director