White, Teammates Earn NWC BB Laurels

News Release Date:
Tuesday, March 3, 2009

           Hilary White

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Hilary White, a junior on the Whitman College women's basketball team, and two of her teammates have earned All-Northwest Conference honors.

White, who was fourth in the NWC in scoring this season at 13.3 points per game, is one six players named to the All-NWC First Team in a vote of conference coaches. 

Jenele Peterson, a sophomore, was voted to the NWC Second Team while Rebecca Sexton, also a sophomore, received Honorable Mention. Sexton and Peterson averaged 11.1 and 10.1 points per game, respectively.

White, one of four Missionaries who averaged at least 5.0 rebounds, was sixth in the NWC in steals this season, averaging 1.92 per game. She shot 41.8 percent from the floor for season. The 5-foot-9 guard also averaged 1.50 3-point baskets per game, which ranked her sixth in the conference in that category.

Peterson, a 5-foot-7 point guard, led the NWC in free throw shooting, making 81 of 93 attempts (87.1 percent). She also was third in assist-to-turnover ratio and fourth in assists with 3.58 per game.

      Rebecca Sexton
      Jenele Peterson

Sexton, a 6-foot-3 center, shot 57.7 percent from the floor for the season, which was the second-best mark in the NWC. She also blocked 30 shots, the fourth-highest total in the conference.

White came to Whitman from The Bishop's School in La Jolla, Calif.

Peterson played her prep ball at South High School in Torrance, Calif.

Sexton is a graduate of Gig Harbor (Wash.) High School.

Whitman, which had no seniors on its roster this season, finished with an 18-8 record, including a 10-6 NWC mark that was good for a third-place tie. The Missionary season ended with a first-round loss in the conference post-season playoffs.

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