WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College basketball takes center stage on George Ball Court this Saturday evening in Sherwood Center.

A basketball twinbill starts at 5:30 p.m. when the Whitman women host the rugged Mountaineers of Eastern Oregon.

The nightcap follows at 7:30 p.m. and pits the Whitman men against the gooey Banana Slugs of UC-Santa Cruz.

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Both Whitman teams are riding a three-game winning streak as they head to Saturday.

Women's Game

     Michelle Krall

The Missionary women, now 4-3 on the season despite some key injuries, face Eastern Oregon for the second time in less than a month. The Mountaineers prevailed 62-53 in a tournament game played in late November in Caldwell, Idaho.

A year ago at this time, Whitman was a winner on its home court, subduing Eastern Oregon 80-74.

The Mountaineers, after losing in double overtime last Saturday at Northwest University, are 6-4 thus far this winter. Eastern Oregon returns nine of its 13 players from last season, which was the program's eighth-straight winning season.

Tanya Stickney and Ashlee Michelson, a pair of senior forwards, lead the Mountaineers in both scoring and rebounding. Stickney is averaging 12.8 points and 6.7 rebounds while Michelson contributes 10.9 points and 7.0 boards a night.

Key players for Whitman include senior Hilary White (12.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg), junior Anna Forge (10.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg), senior Michelle Krall (8.5 ppg, 51.9 fg%) and junior Rebecca Sexton (8.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 55.6 fg%).

Men's Game

      Brandon Shaw

At 4-2, the Whitman men are off to the best non-conference start of any their Northwest Conference rivals.

While the season is young, a quick look at the latest NWC stats shows Whitman leading the loop in scoring (88.7 ppg), scoring margin (+4.8), steals (14.17 per game), turnover margin (9.83 per game, forced turnovers (29.7 per game), and offensive rebounds (19.33 per game).

Junior Daniel Davidson is averaging 12.3 points and 5.0 rebounds to top a widely balanced Whitman attack. Sophomore Brandon Shaw is adding 12.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 steals.

Others in the Missionary mix are freshman LuQuam Thompson (12.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 apg), freshman Peter Clark (11.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg), junior Justin Artis (11.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg), sophomore David Michaels (8.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 55.2 fg%) and freshman Drew Raher (8. ppg, 4.8 rpg, 55.6 fg%).

When Whitman and UC-Santa Cruz last tangled last (a year ago at a tournament in California), the Missionaries posted a 100-87 victory.

UC-Santa Cruz is 2-6 this season and plays Whitworth in Spokane on Friday.

Through the team's first seven games, 6-foot-3 junior wing Ryan Matuoka was the top Banana Slug scorer and rebounder at 13.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. Darrin Lew, a 5-foot-10 junior, is averaging 12.3 points to start his season. 

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