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Women’s basketball takes NWC title

Senior Lily Gustafson high-fives teammates. Photos by James Baker

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

The Whitman College women’s varsity basketball team claimed the title of Pacific Northwest Conference champions this past Valentine’s Day, but their work is far from done. Senior Natalie Whitesel acknowledged the role their current success will have in shaping the team’s fate, listing a few ...

Women’s Basketball Falls to St. Thomas

Ridley Eastland-Fruit, Sports Editor

March 30, 2017

Hopes for No. 16 Whitman women's basketball of matching or surpassing their 2014 NCAA tournament second place finish were stopped short March 11, when they were ousted 48-65 by No. 2 St. Thomas in chilly St. Paul, Minnesota. Being an underdog was not the problem. Two weeks prior the team had entered...

Dream Seasons Continue: Hoops Teams Win NWC Tournaments

Dream Seasons Continue: Hoops Teams Win NWC Tournaments

Gaby Thomas, Staff Reporter

March 2, 2017

Two nets cut, two NW Conference Championships and two Whitman basketball teams looking ahead to success in March. This past weekend, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams won the NW Conference Championship Tournament. Both teams played with tenacity and toughness, both teams fought back fr...

Whitman Basketball Keeps Rising

Whitman Basketball Keeps Rising

Conor Scanlon, Sports Reporter

January 26, 2017

Women's basketball unstoppable While many Whitman students take the Winter Break to relax, the women's basketball team spent their time away from school hard at work maintaining their hot start . The team carried the momentum from their 9-0 start into two more non-conference wins at the 2016 Hoops i...

Balanced scoring, consistent team play leads to strong start for women’s hoops

Photo by Anna Dawson.

January 28, 2016

While the rest of Whitman’s student body was enjoying their month off, the Women’s Basketball team was racking up wins while traveling all around the country. They finished the break 5-1 overall (3-1 in Conference), pushing their record to 12-2 (5-1). After a brief week of relaxing and spending ti...

Different year, similar goals for women’s basketball

Cole Anderson

February 5, 2015

The Whitman women's basketball team started this season with one main goal: get back to the national tournament. After last year's dominant national championship run, that goal seemed well within reach. But after a difficult preseason schedule and some injuries to key players, that goal is further out...

New journey begins for national runner up

Hallie Buse '15. Photo by Hannah Bashevkin.

Cole Anderson

November 20, 2014

While the rest of the Whitman campus gears up for the end of the semester, the Whitman women's basketball team has just started an arduous journey to live up to last year's historic season. The challenge of following the most successful basketball team in school history will not be an easy one, but...

Women’s Basketball Leaves Strong Legacy

Mitchell Smith

April 10, 2014

The 2013-2014 Whitman College women's basketball team will go down as the most successful basketball team ever to don the maize and blue. The Missionaries boasted an undefeated regular season, hosted a sectional and a regional game in the NCAA Tournament and finished second in the country after a loss...

Women’s Basketball Finds Strength in Family Culture

Marah Alindogan

March 6, 2014

A common question that Head Women's Basketball Coach Michelle Ferenz likes to ask her players is: "What do you hang your hat on?" In my four years as a women's basketball player, I never answered that question for myself until now. My team is having one of the most successful seasons of any team in Whitman...

Ferenz Leads Women’s Basketball to Outstanding Start

Ferenz Leads Women's Basketball to Outstanding Start

Cole Anderson

January 30, 2014

With a 17-0 record so far in the 2013-2014 season, sitting atop the NWC and ranked third nationally, the Whitman women's basketball team is following up their Elite Eight National Championship run last season with a very promising season so far. This level of dominance is due in large part to Head Coach...

Whitman Women’s Basketball Holds Off Whitworth to Remain Undefeated

Quin Nelson

January 22, 2014

The Whitman College women's basketball team survived a hotly contested game against the Whitworth Pirates, winning 60-57 on Tuesday, Jan. 21 in Sherwood Center. The Pirates surged to an 11-2 lead at the start of the game, encouraged by the enthusiasm of a large traveling crowd and their full-court...

Women’s Basketball Jumps Into National Spotlight

Women's Basketball Jumps Into National Spotlight

Kyle Howe

January 24, 2013

As most students packed up and headed home for the holidays, the women's basketball team hit the road for five away games. Instead of having a month-long break like the rest of the school, the women's team had just ten days off for Christmas and was otherwise on the court. The team practiced constantly...

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