Two for Two: Award Rebounds to White

News Release Date:
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- For the second time in as many weeks, Whitman College senior Hilary White has been named Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for women's basketball.

      Hilary White

White, a 5-foot-10 guard, finished her playing career on a high note last week, averaging 23.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in her final two games. She matched her career-high in scoring with 25 points against Whitworth, and she topped the 20-point plateau in each of her last four games.

White knocked down eight 3-pointers in last week's two games, giving her 42 triples in 16 NWC games, which topped the conference. She averaged 15.2 points and 6.7 rebounds during the conference season, numbers that ranked her third in scoring and eighth in rebounding.

"Hilary was one of the very few players on our team who made it through the season without dealing with a signficant injury or physical problem of some sort," Whitman coach Michelle Ferenz said. "But after we lost Jenele (Peterson) and Anna (Forge) to season-ending injuries in December, Hilary saw her role change more than any of the other remaining players.

"She struggled with those changes at the beginning and tried to do too much," Ferenz said. "Once she got back to playing her game, she performed at a very high level over the last half of the season. Hilary is a great finisher at the offensive end, her rebounding was very good and she really improved her defense."

With her late burst of scoring, White moved into 13th place on Whitman's all-time scoring list with 975 career points. She also finished with 391 career rebounds.

      Dawna Mello
     Michelle Krall

"All of three of our seniors should be proud of the way they finished their careers at Whitman," Ferenz said. 

While White averaged 14 points and 6.0 rebounds over the entire season, Michelle Krall added 8.1 points and 4.9 rebounds, and Dawna Mello contributed 5.0 points and 2.6 assists from the point guard spot. 

"Michelle played through a lot of injuries the past few years," Ferenz said. "She wasn't able to work on her basketball game at all the past two summer because of the injuries, but the experience and steadiness she provided this past season made a tremendous difference."

Krall, a four-year starter, finished with impressive career numbers: 838 points, 562 rebounds and 233 assists.

"Dawna had a great senior season," Ferenz added. "She stepped into the starter's role when the team needed her and gave us just what we needed."

Mello handed out 45 assists during the conference season against just 27 turnovers. Had she collected a few more assists, she would have ranked among the conference leaders in assist-to-turnover ratio.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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