Senior Night: Sexton Capping BB Career

News Release Date:
Saturday, February 12, 2011

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Rebecca Sexton, the lone senior on the Whitman College women's basketball team, will be honored during "Senior Night" activities when the Missionaries host Willamette University at 6 p.m. tonight (Saturday) in Sherwood Center.

Above, Rebecca Sexton blocks a shot
the College of Idaho; she has
100 career blocks
heading into
Saturday's game vs. Willamette.

Below, Sexton eyes the hoop against
Lewis & Clark; she is No. 2 in
in field goal percentage this season.

                                      Photos by Greg Lehman

Sexton, a 6-foot-3 center, is averaging 8.1 points and 4.0 rebounds this season while shooting 55 percent (71-129) from the floor. She ranks second in the NWC in field goal percentage.

Sexton, a graduate of Gig Harbor (Wash.) High School, and teammate Anna Forge are tied for third in blocked shots in the conference with 26 apiece. 

Senior season highlights for Sexton thus far include a 20-point night against Montana Tech. She made seven of nine shots from the floor in that game and added six of seven free throws. She also grabbed five rebounds.

In two Northwest victories over Pacific Lutheran this season, Sexton blocked nine shots and scored a highly efficient 20 points, making nine of 13 shots from the floor.

Last December, Sexton made the all-tournament team with a pair of strong games at Whitman's Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic.

She scored 11 points and blocked a career-high six shots in a tourney victory over Menlo and then notched a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) in a one-point triumph over College of Idaho.

Other career double-doubles for Sexton include 17-point, 10-rebound games against both Linfield and Lewis & Clark, and a 15-point, 16-rebound effort against Corban. 

As a sophomore, when she earned All-NWC Honorable Mention, Sexton scored a career-high 22 points against College of Idaho while grabbing seven rebounds and blocking two shots.

Headed to Friday night's home against George Fox, Sexton has career numbers that include 809 points, 453 rebounds and 100 blocked shots. She is shooting over 54 percent for her career.

Playing in the low post, Sexton has had few opportunities to shoot from the 3-point line. Of her four attempts over the past three seasons, she knocked down one 3-pointer as a junior in a non-conference game against Lewis-Clark State.

With Whitman trailing 68-50 in that game with four minutes remaining, Sexton hit a three and followed with a two-point jumper and free throw.

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