NWC Honors Michaels After Career Night

News Release Date:
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College senior David Michaels, after pouring 45 points into a pair of victories last weekend, has been named Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for men's basketball.

Michaels, an agile 6-foot-7 forward, eruped for a career-high 31 points last Saturday as Whitman clobbered Chapman 77-64 in a battle of NCAA DIII West Region teams in Pleasant Hill, Calif.

Knocking down 13 of 17 field goal attempts, Michaels was nearly unstoppable on the inside as well as the outside. His shooting numbers included a three-of-four effort from the 3-point line.

David Michaels was a dominating force around
the basket as Whitman won twice last weekend.

He also made both his free throws, grabbed five rebounds and blocked a shot at the defensive end.

Trying to rally from a big first-half deficit, Chapman opened the second-half scoring with a 3-pointer to narrow its gap to 37-26.

Any hopes for a comeback soon waned as Michaels outscored Chapman 10-2 over the next few minutes. Wrapping two layups around two of his 3-pointers, Michaels vaulted the Missionaries back into a 19-point lead.

Michaels posted another strong game in the next day's 68-62 victory over Cal Lutheran, which elevated Whitman's early season record to 3-1.

He made five of eight shots from the floor -- including two of four attempts from long distance -- while scoring 14 points and snaring five more rebounds and blocking another shot.

He also handed out three assists.

"David was elite in both games last weekend," Whitman coach Eric Bridgeland said.

"He has without a doubt earned everything up to this point in time. We are very proud of him."

Four games into the young season, Michaels is third among NWC players in scoring at 17.2 points per game. He is shooting 56.5 percent from the floor and averaging a team-high 5.5 rebounds.

The Whitman men's and women's teams play their Northwest Conference openers this weekend on George Ball Court in Sherwood Center.

George Fox comes to town Friday night followed by Lewis & Clark on Saturday.

The women's game start both nights at 6 p.m. with the men's games following at about 8 p.m.

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