WALLA WALLA — The Whitman women’s basketball team is hosting three regional opponents this weekend in the seventh annual Kim Evanger-Raney Memorial Classic.
The Classic of four games is a celebration of the late Evanger-Raney’s love for basketball. The Whitman basketball player was killed in a bicycling accident in March of 2007.
This year’s format will vary from years past as Whitman’s contest tonight against Puget Sound will count in the Northwest Conference Standings, and there will not be a title game this year.
The slate of games includes Lewis-Clark State vs. Corban University at 4 p.m. today, followed by the Whitman-Puget Sound game at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, at 4 p.m., nationally ranked NAIA power Eastern Oregon University faces off against Lewis-Clark State, with the Missionaries taking on Corban at 6 p.m.
“This weekend is all about Kim,” says Whitman head coach Michelle Ferenz. “Kim was a senior my first year here (as head coach), and it just made sense to do a Classic in her memory because one thing with Kim was that she was just passionate about basketball. She just loved the game and was an amazing leader and so it just made sense to honor her memory in this way.”
The weekend of games also serves to benefit Evanger-Raney’s foundation. All proceeds from game admissions will go to the foundation that supports a variety of charitable organizations. To learn more about the foundation, visit website www.kimevangerraneyfoundation.org.
Today’s tussle with UPS is a big early season conference game for both teams.
Whitman enters the contest with at 1-0 in the NWC after an 71-51 victory over Pacific Lutheran.
The Loggers have yet to play a NWC game, but sport a 6-1 overall record and the conference’s second-leading scorer in guard Kelsey McKinnis, who is averaging over 21 points per game and 54 percent shooting beyond the arc.
The Whits have used a balanced attack on the offensive end as only one player is averaging in double-figures — junior forward Sarah Anderegg, whose 14.3 per game is third best in conference.
The Missionaries enter the Classic with a 6–1 overall record.