WMU News

Bronco women are 9-1 MAC

Feb. 5, 2000

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Senior Dionne Lassila had a career game in her second consecutive starting role as the WMU women's basketball team cruised past Central Michigan, 82-63, on Saturday (Feb. 5). The game was played at CMU's Rose Arena before a crowd of 1,088.

Lassila made her second start of the season in place of injured Brooke Gallert. "Downtown Dionne" hit a career-high four 3-point baskets, one shy of her total for the entire 1998-99 season. Her 12 points in the contest were also a career best. Lassila was 50 percent from 3-point range, matching her conference-leading percentage from beyond the arc in Mid-American Conference competition. She has 18 long-range baskets for the season.

With the win, the Broncos improve to 12-9 overall, 9-1 MAC, and retain sole possession of first place in the MAC West Division. CMU falls to 5-5 in the conference and 8-13 in all games.

Central Michigan scored first with a 3-point basket, but the Broncos reeled off the next 13 points and never looked back. WMU led by 18 points at the intermission (43-25) and paced CMU in the second half for the 19-point final margin.

Senior Shelsea Erving led all players with 17 points. She also had six assists. Right behind Erving, with 16 points each, were rookie Kristin Koetsier and senior Danielle Mueller. Koetsier had 12 rebounds to lead the Broncos, and Mueller had 11.

Sophomore guard Brianne Gallert hit two 3-pointers for her six points in the contest. She also contributed nine assists and had three steals in 39 minutes of action. Sophomore Lisa Bruwer came off the bench for nine points in 19 minutes of play at the guard position.

The Broncos travel to Toledo on Wednesday, Feb. 9, and return home for a Saturday afternoon, Feb. 12, contest versus Ball State at University Arena.

                   1st   2nd   Total
Central Michigan    25    38     63
WMU Broncos         43    39     82

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

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