Women Hoopsters Return to NWC Play with Road Trip to Lewis & Clark and Pacific Friday and Saturday

News Release Date:
Thursday, January 3, 2013

Walla Walla, WA – With the Holidays behind them, the Whitman Women’s Basketball team returns to conference play in earnest this weekend as it hits the road to face Lewis & Clark on Friday and Pacific University on Saturday. The trip commences a 9 day stretch where Missionaries will play four road games, including a Tuesday night affair at Whitworth.

Forward Meghan White, Jr.

The Lady Missionaries take a 9 – 1 record and a share of first place in the Northwest Conference into this weekend’s matchups. At 2 – 0 in the NWC, Whitman shares the top spot with Whitworth and Friday night’s opponent Lewis & Clark, who is undefeated at 11 – 0 and ranked 6th by D3 Hoops.com and the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Pioneers are coming off an impressive 80 – 68 victory over #21 George Fox. Lewis & Clark also possesses the conference’s leading scoring in guard Kristina Williams who is averaging 20.4 points per game along with 8 rebounds. Missionary Sarah Anderegg, 6-2 junior from Redmond, WA., enters the game as the NWC’s third leading scorer at 14.9 per contest and the conference leader in FG % at 61.8.

Not only is this a huge conference road contest against a nationally ranked opponent, but Whitman would like switch the tide against the Pioneers who took all three games between the two schools last season, including a 71 – 69 overtime win in Portland late in the year, and a 5-point win in the conference tourney.

Saturday’s opponent, Pacific U., is 8 – 3 overall and 1 – 1 in conference. The Lady Boxers have won 2 of their last 3 and tout the conference’s top rebounder, Paige Jensen, who is yanking down well over 10 boards per game to go with her 11-point average. She’ll duel against Whitman’s Meghan White, 6-1 forward from Huntington Beach, CA., who is averaging almost 8 rebounds. Whitman took both games in the series last season, including a 72 – 60 win at Forest Grove.

Friday’s tip against L & C is at 6 pm; Saturday’s at Pacific is at 4 pm.

Live video for the Lewis & Clark games can be found at http://lcpioneers.com/; the Pacific games at http://goboxers.com/webcasts and live stats at http://goboxers.com/livestats.

The W Club will hold receptions during the intermissions at the Lewis & Clark games Friday. Men’s Head Coach, Eric Bridgeland, will speak at halftime of the Women’s game. Athletic Director, Dean Snider, will address folks before the Men’s game, and Women’s Head Coach, Michelle Ferenz, will talk at halftime of the Men’s game.

News & Notes:  in this four game road stretch the Women will face the top four teams in conference:     L & C, Pacific, Whitworth and George Fox . . . Meghan White ranks 3rd in NWC FG % at 56.2.