WMU News

MAC West champion women in final home game

Feb. 19, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- WMU's women's basketball team will unveil its MAC West Division championship banner at the team's final home game of the 1999-2000 season, Wednesday, Feb. 23, at University Arena. The Broncos host traditional rival Central Michigan beginning at 7 p.m.

WMU clinched the division championship and a first-round tournament bye Feb. 14, with an 85-69 victory at Miami. The Broncos thus skip the first round of the Mid-American Conference tournament and will not host a tournament game. They advance automatically to the MAC quarterfinals, which will be played in Cleveland, March 2. The semi-finals and championship game will also be played in Cleveland.

Wednesday's contest versus Central Michigan will also be the final home appearance for seniors Shelsea Erving, Dionne Lassila and Danielle Mueller.

The Broncos scored another impressive win, 65-48, on Saturday (Feb. 19) at Northern Illinois. With the victory, this year's squad tied the 1994-95 team's record of eight consecutive MAC wins. WMU improved to 16-9 overall and 13-1 in the conference.

In Saturday's win at Northern Illinois, Danielle Mueller led all players with 17 points and led the Broncos with 12 rebounds. Rookie Kristin Koetsier had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Shelsea Erving contributed 13 points and six boards. Sophomore guard Brianne Gallert had nine points, four assists, three steals, and played the entire 40 minutes of the game. Twin sister Brooke added six points and three assists in 25 minutes of action.

Following Wednesday's contest versus Central Michigan, WMU will conclude the regular season schedule with a game at Eastern Michigan on Friday, Feb. 25. The Broncos will then have six days to rest and prepare for their MAC quarterfinal opponent.

                    1st   2nd   Total
Northern Illinois    21    27     48
WMU Broncos          34    31     65

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

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