WMU News

Bronco women defeat Toledo in overtime

Jan. 5, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- WMU rookie Kristin Koetsier scored a game-high 25 points as the Western Michigan University women's basketball team defeated defending MAC champion Toledo, 67-66, in overtime on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at University Arena.

WMU improved to 4-7 overall and is 1-0 in the Mid-American Conference. The Broncos are undefeated, 2-0, on their home court this season. They are 1-2 in overtime contests, having previous lost at San Francisco and at Georgia Tech in extra periods.Toledo fell to 3-8 on the season, 0-1 MAC.

Koetsier is among the top rookies in NCAA Division I women's basketball. She scored on nine of 14 attempts from the field and hit six of seven free throws in the win over Toledo.

Sophomore twin guards Brooke and Brianne Gallert both played the entire 45 minutes of the overtime contest. Brianne had nine points, all from three-point range, and a game-high five assists. Brooke had 10 points.

Senior Shelsea Erving scored 13 points and contributed nine rebounds. Classmate Danielle Mueller had eight points and a career-high 18 rebounds, including 11 rebounds on defense.

Neither Toledo nor Western had a particularly good night shooting. Both teams managed to connect on only 38 percent of their attempts from the field.

The Broncos continue MAC competition on Saturday, Jan. 8, when they host Marshall beginning at 2 p.m. at University Arena.

          1st    2nd     OT     Total
          ---    ---    ---     -----
Toledo     22     37      7       66
WMU        25     34      8       67

Media contact: Geoff Brown; 616 387-4138; geoffrey.brown@wmich.edu

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