Boxers land two players on All-Conference squads

BASKETBALL: Winter sports season draws to a close with the selection of All-Northwest Conference basketball teams

Pacific capped the 2006-07 basketball season with two All-Northwest Conference selections, which was voted on by league coaches and announced last Friday.

Sophomore Ross Bartlett was a Second Team selection to the All-NWC men's basketball team, while junior Amy Pedersen earned Honorable Mention status on the All-NWC women's basketball squad.

Bartlett was the leading vote getter among All-NWC Second Team selections, narrowly missing selection to the First Team after a dominant season for the Boxers. The 6-foot-6 post player averaged 14.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. His rebounding average was first on the team and second in the conference behind Whitman's Kyle Born, a First Team All-NWC selection.

Bartlett, a St. Helens native, ranked second in the league in offensive rebounds, third in defensive rebounds, 12th in scoring, field goal percentage (.504) and free throw percentage (.752) and 13th in blocked shots. In 24 games, Bartlett recorded 10 double-double performances, including a dynamic 19-point, 18-rebound effort against Whitman on Dec. 2. His 18 rebounds tied the school single-game record, set by Brett Jefferies in 1996. Bartlett's top scoring performance came in the final game of the season when he erupted for 32 points on 13-for-18 shooting in an 89-77 victory over Pacific Lutheran.

Bartlett was a key figure in a season of improvement for the Boxers under second-year head coach Jason Lowery. Pacific finished the season with a 12-13 overall record, and an 8-8 NWC mark, good for fourth place in the league.

Pedersen, meanwhile, was an obvious standout on a Pacific women's team that struggled to a ninth-place finish in the conference. The junior guard led the Boxers and finished eighth in the league in scoring at 11.3 points per game. She also ranked eighth in the conference in rebounding, averaging 6.3 boards per contest.

Pedersen, a native of Redlands, Calif., ranked seventh in the conference in offensive rebounds, ninth in defensive rebounds and 15th in both 3-point percentage and 3-pointers made per game.

Pedersen started her season on a tear, scoring double figures in each of the Boxers' first nine contests. She scored a career high 22 points in a win over Warner Pacific on Dec. 15 and finished the season with five double-doubles. She had a season-high 12 rebounds against Evergreen State on Feb. 11.

Co-conference champion George Fox swept top honors on the women's side, with Scott Rueck earning Coach of the Year and Katy Campbell nabbing Player of the Year accolades.

On the men's side, guard Bryan Williams of conference champion Whitworth was named Player of the Year, while the Pirates' Jim Hayford earned his second Coach of the Year trophy.