White, Peterson Net Women's BB Kudos

News Release Date:
Thursday, February 25, 2010

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College senior Hilary White and first-year teammate Kelly Peterson have netted All-Northwest Conference basketball honors.

White, who was named NWC Player of the Week in each of final two weeks of the season, was voted by coaches to the All-NWC First Team for a second consecutive year.

                                       Hilary White

Peterson, who snared the weekly conference honor early in the season, received All-NWC Honorable Mention recognition.

White, a 5-foot-10 guard, got off to a slower start during the non-conference season when a number of injuries scrambled Whitman's player rotations.

In her 16 NWC games to end the season, however, White averaged 15.2 points and 6.7 rebounds, numbers that ranked her third in scoring and eighth in rebounding.

White blitzed NWC opponents with a total of 42 3-point baskets, a number that topped the conference.

White led Whitman in scoring 11 times during season -- five times in her last six games. She cracked the 20-point plateau in each of her final four games.

She matched her career-high in scoring with a 25-point, eight-rebound effort against Whitworth in the final week of the season. She notched a double-double (14 points, 13 rebounds) in a victory over Lewis & Clark, and she missed six other double-doubles during the season by one or two rebounds.

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

     Kelly Peterson

Peterson, a 5-foot-8 guard, was pressed into almost immediate starting duty because of the early injuries. Making only her fifth college start, she collected her first double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds (plus three assists and three steals) to spark a mid-December victory over Eastern Oregon.

She keyed an NWC win over Pacific in early February with a season-high 21 points, 19 of which came in the first half.

Peterson averaged 11.4 points and 4.0 rebounds during the conference season while shooting 54.4 percent from the floor. She was No. 2 in the NWC in shooting percentage, trailing only Hannah Munger, a 6-foot-5 post player at George Fox who shot 55.1 percent during the NWC season.

Peterson also shot 40.6 percent (13-32) from the 3-point arc and 77.6 percent (45-58) from the free throw stripe during the conference season. She was No. 6 in the NWC in free throw accuracy, and she handed out 58 assists over the course of the entire season against just 39 turnovers.

For the entire season, White averaged 14.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while Peterson added 10.2 points and 4.7 boards. Junior Rebecca Sexton also scored in double figures for the season, combining 10.2 points per game with 5.1 rebounds.

Other key players this season included senior wing Michelle Krall (8.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg), first-year forward Mary Madden (6.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg) and senior Dawna Mello (5.0 ppg, 2.6 apg).

White, who came to Whitman from Carlsbad, Calif., is a graduate of the Bishop's School in La Jolla.

Peterson played her prep ball at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Calif.

2009-10 All-NWC
Women's Basketball Team

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu