Pacific Women's Basketball Adds One More For 2010-11
"We are really excited that Sam has decided to be a Pacific Tiger," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "She is an achieved multi-sport athlete that will bring speed, competitiveness and versatility to our program. Sam can play the 1, 2, or 3 with a great ability to run the floor, shoot the three and create shots for others. She plays extremely hard and is very competitive. Beyond basketball, Sam is a tremendous student and just an all around great person. The Pacific community is going to really enjoy Sam and what she will bring to our university and our basketball program."
Anticipated graduate of Archpishop Murphy High School in the spring of 2010, thus far in the Wildcats' basketball season Sam and her high school team have compiled a 13-2 overall record, while going 9-0 in the Cascade Conference. The senior leads the squad as its team captain in 2009-10, but also as the team leader averaging 11.5 points per game.
Pettinger rounds out the 2010-11 class that includes signees Danielle Peacon, Taryn Garza and Gena Johnson.
"Adding Sam to this already very strong recruiting class is exciting," Roberts added. "These four freshmen are all extremely talented and having tremendous senior basketball seasons. We couldn't be happier with our 2010 recruiting class and can't wait to get these student athletes on campus and get them in the mix with the young talent we have. The future for the Pacific Tigers looks very good."
During Sam's junior season she was honored as a member at the 2009 End of Trail All-Tournament Team after earning the same accolade as a sophomore in the 2008 End of Trail Tournament. Archbishop Murphy HS turned in a 26-1 season at the conclusion of 2009, finishing as the Cascade Conference champs as well as the 2A District champion. Sam continued to lead the squad with an 11.3 points per game average that paved the way for her first career first team all league award.
As a sophomore, Pettinger and the Wildcats finished 18-5 on the year and she earned her second-consecutive Second Team All-Cascade Conference award after averaging 8.1 points per game in 2007-08, just shy of the 9.0 points per game she averaged as a freshman to help the Wildcats compile a 15-8 record in the 2006-07 season.
Sam displayed talents as a dual-athlete during her high school career, lettering in soccer as a starter all four seasons. As a senior on the pitch, Pettinger and the Wildcats finished a perfect 23-0 season that saw them crowned as the 2A Washington State Champions. Sam netted 23 goals complimented by 16 assists as the team's top scorer. Sam was highly decorated for her efforts with an all-conference first team award, alongside the All-District First Team All Divisions Team and capped off her phenomenal senior season on the First Team All-State list. During the 2009 season, Pettinger was named the Seattle Times State Athlete of the Week on Nov. 21, 2009.
In 2008, the Wildcats' soccer squad finished 19-3 en route to a league and district championship title, finishing third in the state of Washington. Sam claimed Second Team All-Cascade Conference accolades for the second time, after doing so as a sophomore in 2007, when Archbishop Murphy HS finished 22-1 on the year with another Cascade Conference and district title to its name. Pettinger kicked off her soccer career with all-league honorable mention as a freshman in 2006, after the Wildcats finished 20-3 on the year as the 2A Washington State champions.
In addition to her athletic achievements, Pettinger also excelled in the classroom. She was a National Honors Society member and completed three and a half years as an honor roll student with a combined 3.92 GPA.