WMU News

Bronco women host defending MAC champion Toledo

Dec. 30, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- The WMU women's basketball team plays at home for the first time since Dec. 1, when they host defending MAC champion Toledo on Wednesday, Jan. 5. The game begins at 7 p.m. at University Arena.

Wednesday's contest is the Mid-American Conference season opener for WMU and is only the second home appearance for the Broncos (excluding exhibitions) of the 1999-2000 season.

The Broncos broke a five-game losing streak with an 84-68 victory over Campbell University on Thursday, Dec. 30. The game was played at the Georgia Tech Marriott Holiday Invitational in Atlanta, where the Broncos lost, 95-89, in overtime to host Georgia Tech in Wednesday's (Dec. 29) opening round of competition.

The Broncos improved to 3-7 overall and 2-7 on the road this season. They are 1-0 at University Arena with an 80-62 win versus Detroit. Since the Dec. 1 victory over Detroit, the Broncos have played a nationwide six-game road schedule, including contests at Stanford and at nationally-ranked Iowa State.

Versus Campbell, rookie sensation Kristin Koetsier led all players with a career-high 31 points. She hit 11 of 16 from the field and was perfect in nine tries from the free throw stripe. Sophomore guard Brooke Gallert assisted her teammates seven times, and twin sister Brianne had five assists.

Senior Shelsea Erving ended a scoring drought with a 23-point second half versus Georgia Tech. She followed that performance with 30 points versus Campbell, connecting on 12 of 17 from the field, including four of five attempts from three-point range. Erving also had a team-high seven rebounds.

In the Jan. 5 MAC opener with Toledo, WMU will likely be without the services of forwards Karen Deurloo and Sarah Schwarz, and center Darnesha Irby, all sidelined with knee injuries. Schwarz, a sophomore, is out for the remainder of the season.

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

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