Women's Hoops Shoots for First Place in Match-ups Vs. Pacific and No. 7 Lewis & Clark

News Release Date:
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Walla Walla, WA – Beginning with tomorrow’s home-stand, the Missionaries face the four teams that surround them in the NWC standings. Tomorrow’s foe, Pacific University, is three games back of Whitman at 5 – 5 and battling for fourth place.  Saturday’s opponent, No. 7 Lewis & Clark (9 – 1 NWC), is one game ahead of Whitman in first place.  Then on Tuesday, the Whits play Whitworth who is currently in fourth and next Friday they tangle with George Fox who is currently tied with the Missionaries for second at 8 - 2.

Mary Madden, Sr.

Whitman is riding a four-game winning streak, including a two-game road sweep of PLU and Puget Sound last weekend. All of this accomplished while battling injury adversity. Forward Hailey Ann Maeda (So, Kailua, HI) missed the first two games of the winning streak with an ankle injury and back-up point-guard Marah Alindogan (Jr, Everett, WA) was lost for the season with an ACL tear in practice just before the team left on the Sea-Tac trip last week. Alindogan had been averaging over 16 minutes 3.7 points per game.

The Missionaries come into the weekend leading the conference in assists (15.0 apg), second in rebounding (44.1 reb/g) and third in offensive rebounding at over fourteen per game. Post Meghan White (Jr, Huntington Beach, CA) ranks third in offensive boards at just under three per game. Sophomore point-guard Heather Johns (W. Richland, WA) one of the top rebounding guards at 5.6 per game; she had nine in the win at Puget Sound.

Whitman’s conference leading field goal percentage has held steady at 44.1 %. Three Missionaries inhabit the conference’s top five in shooting percentage, post Sarah Anderegg (Jr, Redmond, WA) No. 1 at 55.9 %, White fourth at 49.1 % and Johns fifth at 48.8 %.

The Missionaries bested the Boxers 69 – 54 earlier in the season at Forest Grove, OR as Johns led the way with a 17 point, 7 rebound and 7 assist performance.

Emilie Gilbert, Sr.

The Boxers have won two-of-three, dropping their last decision to George Fox at home 61 – 57. Pacific touts the conference’s top rebounder in forward Paige Jensen who grabs ten per contest. She is also the team’s leading scorer at 11.2 per game.

Lewis & Clark enters the weekend sporting a seven-game winning streak after suffering their only loss of the season at the hands of the Missionaries, 88 – 72, at home back on January 4. The Pioneers average margin of victory during the stretch is over 16 points, including 34-point win at Willamette. They will visit Whitworth tomorrow night before invading Sherwood Athletic Center Saturday.

L & C guard Kristina Williams, last year’s NWC Player of the Year, is the conference’s leading scorer (18.6 ppg) and ranks second in rebounding (9.2 reb/g). She scored 24 in the loss at Portlad.

Saturday’s contest against the Pioneers will be Senior Night for the Women’s team. After the game, there will be a short ceremony honoring the squad’s two seniors: forward Mary Madden (Huntington Beach, CA) and guard Emilie Gilbert (Bellevue, WA). Each player will be joined by their parents. Also, the two seniors give their thoughts on their basketball careers and the current season in an interview on the Whitman Athletics Facebook page.

The tip-off for both games is 6 pm.

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For live stats: http://www.whitman.edu/content/womens-basketball/live-stats

Contact:

Andrew Holt

Whitman Sports Information Director

holtac@whitman.edu

509.527.5902

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