WBSK: WHATS BRUIN - Bruins Head for Hoop N Surf Classic in Hawaii after Final Exams
* Upcoming Games:
- Sat., Dec. 19, 8:00 pm (PST) - vs. William Carey College in Honolulu, Hawai'i (Hoop N Surf Classic)
- Sun., Dec. 20 , 8:00 pm (PST) - vs. Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawai'i (Hoop N Surf Classic)
NEWBERG, Ore. - Continuing with what is probably the toughest non-conference schedule they have had since joining the NCAA in 1995, the George Fox University Bruins head for Hawai'i following next week's final exams to participate in the Hoop N Surf Classic at the Kilauea Rec Center in Honolulu Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 19-20.
The Bruins (4-2), ranked 14th in this week's WBCA poll and 18th in the D3hoops poll, will meet the William Carey College Lady Crusaders on Dec. 19 and the Chaminade University Silverswords on Dec. 20. Both games are set for 8:00 p.m. tipoffs Pacific time (6:00 p.m. Hawai'i time). Tournament officials are hoping to provide LiveStats for all games, and a link for that will be posted on the George Fox website if it does indeed become available.
William Carey, from Hattiesburg, Miss., is a member of the NAIA Division I and the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. The Lady Crusaders are 3-3 to date, winning their last three games, and host Shorter College on Dec. 12 before meeting the Bruins. Leading the way are forward Alisha Mason (19.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg), All-GCAC guard Kim Lewis (17.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.7 apg), and forward Consuela Tucker (13.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg).
Chaminade, which is in Honolulu, is a member of the NCAA Division II and the Pacific West Conference. The Silverswords are 0-2 to date, and will host Brigham Young University-Hawai'i on Dec. 15 and play Drury University in the Hoop N Surf Classic on Dec. 17 before taking on the Bruins. G Megan Kamehiro is the leading scorer (14.0 ppg), G Lynnette Dalle is the top rebounder (9.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg), and G Samantha Saito is the assists leader (10.5 ppg, 6.5 apg). The Silverswords average 70.0 ppg but allow 94.0.
* Gordon Named BAA Athlete of the Week, HM for NWC Honors
Scoring a game-high 19 points in a 64-51 setback at home to Lewis-Clark State College of the NAIA's Division I on Saturday, Keisha Gordon has been named the Bruin Athletic Association Women's Athlete of the Week and received honorable mention for Northwest Conference Women's Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week for Nov. 30-Dec. 6.
In the Bruins' only game of the week, Gordon connected on 6-17 field goals (2-5 on threes) and 5-7 free throws. She also had one rebound, two assists, one blocked shot, and three assists. She sparked a 14-0 George Fox run midway through the first half with a layup and a three-pointer that enabled the Bruins to climb from a 23-11 deficit to a 25-23 lead in a seven-minute span.
A Second Team All-Conference pick last year, Gordon currently leads the NWC in steals (3.83) and 3-pt field goals (2.67), and is 4th in free throw pct. (.833, T) and 3-pt field goal pct. (.410), 5th in scoring (16.3) and blocked shots (1.00, T), 14th in assists (2.17, T), 15th in field goal pct. (.419) and 19th in rebounding (5.3, T). Last year, she was BAA Athlete of the Week three times, NWC Student-Athlete of the Week twice, and honorable mention for NWC honors once. She won both BAA and NWC weekly awards this season for Nov. 16-22.
* 2009-10 Honors
- Bruin Athletic Association Athlete of the Week - Nov. 16-22; Nov. 30-Dec. 6
- Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week - Nov. 16-22; HM, Nov. 30-Dec. 6
- Bruin Athletic Association Athlete of the Week - Nov. 23-29
- Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week - HM, Nov. 23-29
* Polls: Bruins Slide to 14th in WBCA, 18th in D3hoops Polls
After a 64-51 setback to Lewis-Clark State, ranked 16th in the NAIA Division I, George Fox (4-2) has slipped from 9th to 14th with 71 points in the USA Today / ESPN / WBCA Coaches' Poll, and from 10th to 18th with 171 points in the D3hoops.com Poll. The Bruins were ranked 4th in the D3hoops.com pre-season poll and 5th in the WBCA pre-season poll. The Bruins are the highest-ranked two-loss team in the country.
The University of Puget Sound and Lewis & Clark College were other Northwest Conference schools among "others receiving votes" in the D3hoops.com poll, UPS with 20 points and L&C with 6. Illinois Wesleyan University (7-0) is No. 1 with 611 points in the D3hoops poll, and Hope College (5-0) is No. 1 in the WBCA poll with 171 points.
D3hoops.com Poll: http://www.d3hoops.com/top25/
USA Today / ESPN / WBCA Poll: http://www.wbca.org/DIIICoachesPoll.asp
* Bruins Threaten Blocked Shots Marks vs. Cal Lu
With 12 blocked shots at California Lutheran University on Nov. 29, the Bruins fell one block short of the team record for blocks in a game of 13 at the University of Dallas, set last year on Nov. 22, 2008) ... Hannah Munger had 8 blocks at Cal Lu, two short of the record of 10 set by Shawna Chandler at Western Oregon University on Jan. 11, 1983, and tied by Kristen Shielee vs. Bridgewater College (Va.) at Las Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 19, 2008 ...
* NWC Stats (thru Dec. 8): Gordon, Munger Lead NWC in Three Categories
- George Fox is 1st in blocked shots (5.33), steals (12.33), 2nd in defense (52.5), scoring margin (+9.5), 3-pt field goals (7.00), rebounding defense (35.7), rebound margin (+6.3), 3rd in assists (13.33), turnover margin (+2.50), 4th in field goal pct. defense (.361), 3-pt field goal pct. (.276), rebounding (42.0), 5th in assist/TO ratio (0.63), 6th in scoring (62.0), field goal pct. (.375), 7th in 3-pt field goal pct. defense (.333), 8th in free throw pct. (.569) ...
- Keisha Gordon is 1st in steals (3.83), 3-pt field goals (2.67), 4th in free throw pct. (.833, T), 3-pt field goal pct. (.410), 5th in scoring (16.3), blocked shots (1.00, T), 14th in assists (2.17, T), 15th in field goal pct. (.419), 19th in rebounding (5.3, T) ...
- Hannah Munger is 1st in blocked shots (2.33), 4th in field goal pct. (.510), 9th in rebounding (6.7), 24th in scoring (9.2) ...
- B.B. Gardner is 8th in assists (2.67, T), 10th in steals (1.67) ...
- Elise Kuenzi is 10th in 3-pt field goal pct. (.350, T), 12th in rebounding (5.8), 14th in 3-pt field goals (1.17, T) ...
- Breezy Rinehart-Young is 15th in blocked shots (0.67, T) ...
- Arianna Mohsenian is 19th in rebounding (5.3, T) ...
- Hannah Munger: season 1, career 1 - 16 pts, 11 reb vs. Concordia-Portland, 11/20
* Head Coach Scott Rueck
Head coach Scott Rueck (Oregon State ‘91), the winningest coach in GFU women's basketball history, is 264-87 (134-24 home, 96-52 road, 34-11 neutral) to date in his 14th season at George Fox ... He was named the 2008-09 NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year for leading the Bruins to the national championship by D3hoops.com and the WBCA, West Region Coach of the Year by both, and Northwest Conference Coach of the Year for the sixth time (also in '00, '01, '05, '07, and '08) ... Against William Carey and Chaminade, he is 0-0 ...