WHAT’S BRUIN: Women’s Basketball News & Notes 3/14

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Overall Record: 31-0 (Home 16-0, Road 11-0, Neutral 4-0)

NWC Record: 16-0, 1st (Home 8-0, Road 8-0) 

HIGHLIGHTS:

* Coming Up: Bruins vs. Lord Jeffs in “Final Four” Battle of 31-0 Unbeatens

* Recent Games: Bruins Win Two More in National Tournament Sectional

* ALL-REGION: Gordon West Player of the Year, Munger First Team

* ALL-NWC: Gordon Player of the Year, Meek Coach of the Year

* Munger Named BAA Athlete of the Week as Bruins Reach “Final Four”

* Polls: Bruins No. 3 in Final Regular-Season Polls, No. 1 in West Region

* NCAA Stats: Bruins Among Top 20 in Nation in 5 Categories

* NWC Stats: Gordon Ranked in NWC Top 10 in 8 Different Categories

* NCAA Career Lists: Munger 17th in Double-Doubles, 20th in Blocks

* GFU Career Lists: Gordon and Munger Extend Bruin Records in 3 Stats 

* Coming Up: Bruins vs. Lord Jeffs in “Final Four” Battle of 31-0 Unbeatens

 --- NCAA Division III National Tournament “Final Four” at Holland, Mich. ---

- Fri., Mar. 16, 5 pm EDT - George Fox University (31-0) vs. Amherst College (31-0)

- Fri., Mar. 16, 7 pm EDT - University of St. Thomas MN (30-1) vs. Illinois Wesleyan University (26-5)

- Sat., Mar. 17, 4 pm EDT - Consolation Game

- Sat., Mar. 17, 7 pm EDT - Championship Game 

NEWBERG, Ore. – In a battle of the only remaining undefeated teams in NCAA Division III women’s basketball, the George Fox University Bruins (31-0) and the Amherst College Lord Jeffs (31-0) will clash at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific) on Friday, Mar. 16, in one semi-final game of the National Tournament’s “Final Four” in Holland, Mich. 

In the other semi-final at Hope College’s DeVos Fieldhouse at 7:00 p.m. Eastern (4:00 p.m. Pacific), the University of St. Thomas Tommies (30-1) will take in the Illinois Wesleyan University Titans (26-5).  The third-place game will begin Saturday, Mar. 17,  at 4:00 p.m. (1:00 p.m. Pacific), with the national championship game set for 7:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. Pacific). 

Tickets: George Fox fans may order tickets now through the Bruins’ department of athletics by e-mailing Patty Findley at pfindley@georgefox.edu (preferred) or calling her at 503-554-2910.  No advance tickets will be distributed by George Fox; all pre-ordered tickets will be available at the Will Call window at the DeVos Fieldhouse beginning Thursday afternoon. 

Ticket prices for both days of the “Final Four” are $25 for reserved seating and $20 for general admission.  For one-day only, general admission adult tickets are $12, general admission for children under 18 is $10, and reserved seats are $15. 

For Fans Traveling to Holland: Before Friday's game, George Fox’s University Advancement will host a free reception for all Bruin fans from 3:00-4:15 p.m. at "84 East", a restaurant just blocks from the DeVos  Fieldhouse (84 East 8th Street, Holland, Mich.).  Join President Robin Baker and other members of the George Fox family for some pizza and pop before heading over to the arena for the game. If you plan to attend the reception, please contact University Advancement at alumni@georgefox.edu or 503-554-2134 by Thursday, March 15. Your registration will help us ensure that there is enough food. 

Multimedia: The following links will be helpful for finding “Final Four” live stats, live video, and live audio on the internet: 

Official NCA Championship website - http://www.ncaa.com/championships/basketball-women/d3

Live Stats - http://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/article/2012-03-03/winter-championship-multimedia

Live Video - http://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/article/2012-03-03/winter-championship-multimedia

Live Audio - http://www.georgefox.edu/offices/asc/kfoxradio/ 

Turner Broadcasting will handle live television of the tournament games.  Where to find that will be announced when broadcast information becomes available.

 On-Campus Viewing: The Department of University Engagement is arranging “viewing parties” for all George Fox games in the “Final Four”.  Friday’s game will be streamed live in the Klages Dining Hall at 2:00 p.m., the Bruin Den will be running specials, and popcorn and door prizes will be given away.  On Saturday, the consolation game is at 1:00 p.m. and the championship game is at 4:00 p.m., depending upon which game the Bruins are in, and one or the other will be shown in the Wheeler Sports Center’s Miller Gym.  Door pries, concessions, and free popcorn will again be available.  For more information, contact the Department of University Engagement at 503-554-2121. 

* The “Final Four” Teams: 

George Fox (31-0)- Probable starters:

F 30 Keisha Gordon (5-10 Sr, Vancouver, WA) - 14.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.6 spg

F 32 Megan Arnoldy (5-11 So, Wilsonville, OR) - 7.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg

C 10 Hannah Munger(6-5 Jr, Newberg, OR) - 13.8 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.9 bspg

G 15 Hayley Cusick (5-10 So, Beaverton, OR) - 5.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg

G 21 Arianna Mohsenian (5-8 Sr, Yakima, WA) - 6.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg 

This is the sixth consecutive year and ninth time overall in 13 years of NCAA eligibility for George Fox to make the national tournament.  Counting this year’s four wins, the Bruins have compiled an 22-7 record (9-2 home, 3-2 road, 10-3 neutral), reaching the “Sweet 16” seven times, the “Elite 8” five times, and winning the national championship in 2008-09 with a 32-0 record. 

99-00    W 63-51 vs. Linfield

            W 71-63 vs. California Lutheran

            L 64-76 vs. St. Thomas MN at Abilene, Texas (Sweet 16)

00-01    L 52-64 vs. St. Thomas MN (2nd round - had 1st-round bye)

04-05    W 86-55 vs. Chapman (2nd round - had 1st-round bye)

            W 74-69 vs. St. Benedict at Ashland, Va. (Sweet 16)

            L 51-63 at Randolph-Macon (Elite 8)

06-07    W 61-47 vs. Gustavus Adolphus

            L 48-51 vs. Puget Sound

07-08    W 71-55 vs. Chapman at Tacoma, Wash.

            W 72-66 at Puget Sound

            L 40-47 vs. Hope at Brownwood, Texas (Sweet 16)

08-09    W 83-40 vs. Chapman (2nd round - had 1st-round bye)

            W 71-56 vs. Oglethorpe at Crestview Hills, Ky. (Sweet 16)

            W 58-46 vs. Hope at Crestview Hills, Ky. (Elite 8)

            W 67-52 vs. College of New Jersey at Holland, Mich. (Final Four)

            W 60-53 vs. Washington-St. Louis at Holland, Mich. (National champions)

09-10    W 65-49 vs. Louisiana College

            W 59-37 vs. Puget Sound

            W 55-48 vs. Carthage at St. Louis, Mo. (Sweet 16)

            L 52-59 at Washington-St. Louis (Elite 8)

10-11    W 53-46 vs. Occidental at Orange, Calif.

            W 63-47 vs. Louisiana College at Orange, Calif.

            W 71-63 at Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Sweet 16)

            L 60-61 vs. Illinois Wesleyan at Stevens Point, Wis. (Elite 8)

11-12    W 58-35 vs. California Lutheran

            W 52-50 vs. Lewis & Clark

            W 71-55 vs. Bowdoin at Fredericksburg, Va. (Sweet 16)

            W 68-45 at Mary Washington (Elite 8)

Amherst (31-0): The Lord Jeffs from Amherst, Mass., are members of the New England Small College Athletic Conference ... Amherst, which has been ranked No. 1 all season, is the defending NCAA champion and enters the “Final Four” on a 50-game winning streak ...  Amherst has been in the “Final Four” three of the last four years; they finished 4th in 2008-09 while the Bruins were winning the title ... Series record (since 1981): First meeting ... Amherst by the numbers: Scoring (75.2 ppg, 9th nationally), Defense (46.0 ppg, 3rd nationally), FG% (.428, 25th nationally), 3-pt FG% (.327), FT% (.697), Reb Avg. (45.7 rpg) ... Amherst is 1st nationally in scoring margin (+29.2), field goal pct. defense (.293), fewest turnovers (12.5 topg), and assist/turnover ration (1.25), 3rd in 3-pt pct. defense (.220) and blocked shots (7.4 bspg), 9th in rebound margin (+10.2), 15th in turnover margin (+6.48), and 29th in 3-pt field goals (6.5 fgpg) ... Coach G.P. Gromacki is 151-9 to date in his 5th season at Amherst, and 314-47 in his 12th season overall ...

Probable starters:

F 13 Kim Fiorentino (5-9 Sr, Holmdel, NJ) - 9.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.8 apg

F 30 Jackie Renner (6-0 Sr, Newton, MA) - 4.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg

C 34 Lem Atanga McCormick (6-0 Sr, Chicago, IL) - 11.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg

G 22 Caroline Stedman (5-10 Sr, Walpole, MA) - 13.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg

G 33 Shannon Finucane (5-3 Sr, Cortland, NY) - 6.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.8 spg

Notes: Stedman was named the Northeast Region Player of the Yea and McCormick All-Northeast Region Second Team by D3hoops ... Stedman was the NESCAC Player of the Year, McCormick was First Team All-NESCAC, and Fiorentino was Second Team ... Reserve F Megan Robertson (11.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg) was NESCAC Rookie of the Year ...

St. Thomas (30-1): The Tommies from Minneapolis, Minn., are members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference ... St. Thomas, ranked No. 10, lost its opener at Wisconsin-Stevens Point and has won 30 in a row since, a school record ... The Tommies have gone 36-18 in 20 NCAA appearances, winning it all in 1991 ... Series record (since 1981): George Fox trails 1-2 ... St. Thomas defeated the Bruins 76-64 in the “Sweet 16” in Abilene, Texas, on Mar. 10, 2000,and 64-52 in the NCAA second round in Newberg on Mar. 3, 2001 ... The Bruins’ win was 52-44 on Nov. 30, 2003, in a neutral-site game at Carleton in Northfield, Minn. ... St. Thomas by the numbers: Scoring (66.5 ppg), Defense (51.6 ppg, 28th nationally), FG% (.449, 6th nationally), 3-pt FG% (.346, 23rd nationally), FT% (.756, 10th nationally), Reb Avg. (37.8) ... St. Thomas is 23rd nationally in scoring margin (+14.9), 25th in rebound margin (+8.1) ... Coach Ruth Sinn (St. Thomas ’84) is 135-58 to date in her 7th season at St. Thomas ...

Probable starters:

F 22 Taylor Young (5-11 So, Edina, MN) - 13.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.8 spg

F 34 Sarah Smith (6-0 Sr, Grand Fork, ND) - 10.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg

C 40 Maggie Weiers (6-2 So, New Prague, MN) - 11.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg

G 10 Ali Johnson (5-11 Sr, St. Louis Park, MN) - 6.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg

G 3 Carolyn Dienhart (5-6 Sr, St. Paul, MN) - 3.5 ppg, 0.9 rpg

Notes: Young was named Second Team All-West Region and Sinn West Region Coach of the Year by D3hoops ... Smith, Weiers, and Young were All-MIAC First Team selections, and Johnson was honorable mention ... Sinn was the MIAC Coach of the Year ...

Illinois Wesleyan (26-5): The Titans from Bloomington, Ill., are members of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin ... The Titans, who are ranked 17th, have won their last 12 and 23 of their last 24 - and the one loss was in double overtime at Wheaton (Ill.) ... IWU is in the “Final Four” for the second year in a row, in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth year in a row, and in the tournament for the 10th time overall, during which the Titans have gone 15-9 ... Series record (since 1981): George Fox trails 0-1 ... The Titans rallied from an early 27-4 deficit to defeat the Bruins 61-60 on Mar. 12 last year in the “Elite 8” at Stevens Point, Wis., on a pair of Nikki Preston free throws with four seconds left ... Illinois Wesleyan by the numbers: Scoring (78.6 ppg, 3rd nationally), Defense (63.5 ppg), FG% (.454, 4th nationally), 3-pt FG% (.355, 11th nationally), FT% (.759, 7th nationally), Reb Avg. (38.6 rpg) ... IWU is 10th nationally in assists (16.9 apg), 18th in 3-pt field goals (7.0 fgpg), and 21st in assist/turnover ratio (0.98) and scoring margin (+15.1) ... Coach Mia Smith (Southern Illinois-Edwarsdville ‘86) is 280-108 to date in her 14th season at IWU ...

Probable starters:

F 14 Colleen McMahon (5-8 So, Orland Park, IL) - 6.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg

F 41 Karen Solari (5-8 Sr, Park Ridge, IL) - 5.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg

C 23 Olivia Lett (6-0 Sr, Pana, IL) - 21.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.8 spg

G 4 Brittany Hasselbring (5-7 Sr, Watseka, IL) - 6.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg

G 10 Melissa Gardner (5-6 Jr, Chebanse, IL) - 13.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg

Notes: Lett is 6th nationally in scoring ... Gardner is 8th in 3-pt field goals (2.9 fgpg) and 9th in 3-pt pct. (.425) ... Lett was named First Team All-Central Region and Smith West Region Coach of the Year by D3hoops ... Lett was the CCIW’s Most Outstanding Player, while Gardner was Second Team and Hasselbring Third Team All-CCIW ... Smith was the CCIW Coach of the Year ...

* Recent Games: Bruins Win Two More in National Tournament Sectional

Mar. 9 - George Fox 71, Bowdoin 55

Hannah Munger posted a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Bruins to a 71-55 win over the Bowdoin Polar Bears in the NCAA Division III National Tournament Sectional Friday in Fredericksburg, Va., and into the “Elite 8” for the fourth year in a row. The game got off to a slow start offensively, George Fox scoring the only two points of the first four minutes on a layup by Munger.  A three-pointer by Jami Roos and a basket by Breezy Rinehart-Young made it 7-0 Bruins before Bowdoin got on the board with a jumper by Alexa Barry at the 14:54 mark.  No one scored for the next three minutes before the Bruins got consecutive goals by Munger, Arianna Mohsenian and Megan Arnoldy for a 13-2 lead with 9:39 left in the half.  Jill Henrikson’s layup ended the Bruin run, and an 8-0 outburst, fueled by threes from Allie Piscina and Henrikson, cut the Bruin lead to 19-16 with 4:39 to go.  An Ellery Gould hook-shot layup made it a two-point game of 23-21 with 1:19 left, but a three by Mohsenian and two Munger free throws gave the Bruins a 28-23 halftime advantage.  A three by Kaitlin Donahoe pulled the Bears within four at 32-28 two minutes into the second half, but then the Bruins got hot.  Over the next five minutes, the Bruins went on a 15-2 run, capped by a three from Hayley Cusick, to make it 47-30 with 12:51 left.  Mohsenian hit a last-second jumper and a three to make it a 20-point game at 52-32 with 10:30 to go, and the Bruins remained comfortably in front the rest of the way.  George Fox blistered the nets in the second half, hitting .727 (16-22) to finish with an overall field goal percentage of .563 (27-48).  Bowdoin was held to a .345 mark (20-58), and suffered a 40-25 deficit on the boards.  Munger connected on 7-9 from the field in posting her 13th double-double of the season and 38th of her career, and had game highs of four assists and four blocked shots.  Gordon added 14 points and eight rebounds, Mohsenian scored 12, and Arnoldy had 10. 

Mar. 10 - George Fox 68, at Mary Washington 45

With Hannah Munger scoring 19 points inside and their guards hitting 10 three-pointers from outside, the Bruins advanced to their second NCAA Division III National Tournament “Final Four” with a 68-45 win over the host Mary Washington Eagles Saturday.  The Bruins, playing in an “Elite 8” game for the fourth straight year and fifth time in history, never trailed.  Munger hit a jumper 20 seconds in before Katie Wimmer’s layup tied it, but Keisha Gordon, the Bruins’ all-time leading scorer, hit back-to-back threes for an 8-2 lead and the Bruins were on their way.  A three by Dacia Heckendorf gave George Fox its first 10-point lead of 18-8 with 10:26 left in the half, and another three by Jami Roos made it 21-10 at the 8:20 mark, the Bruins’ largest lead of the period.  The Eagles twice trimmed their deficit to five points, the second at 23-18 on a jumper by Carol Dye with 4:12 to go, but an 8-2 run, capped by a trey from Arianna Mohsenian, enabled the Bruins to lead 31-21 at the half.  Wimmer hit a layup to open the second half to bring the home team within eight at 31-23, but that was as close as they would get.  Munger hit two baskets around a layup by Megan Arnoldy as the Bruin lead grew to 14 at 37-23 with 16:48 to play.  Mary Washington made one final effort to get back in the game as threes by Jenna McRae and Amanda Witmer drew them within nine at 48-39 with 9:18 remaining, but it was their last gasp.  In a little over two minutes, the Bruins erupted for 11 unanswered points, Gordon hitting a three and Roos a pair from downtown, to balloon the lead to 20 points at 59-39 with seven minutes left.  Roos eventually gave George Fox its largest lead with 17 seconds left on two free throws that made it 68-43.  George Fox could not have been more consistent, hitting .500 (12-24) from the field in the first half and .560 (14-25) in the second for a final .531 mark (26-49).  On threes, the Bruins shot .545 (6-11) in the first half, .500 (4-8) in the second, and .526 (10-19) for the game.  It was only the third time all season a team had scored 50 points or more against Mary Washington, the national leader in scoring defense. Munger posted her second consecutive double-double, 14th of the season, and 39th of her career with 19 points on 9-12 field goals and 10 rebounds, along with five blocked shots.  Roos scored 16 points, including four three-pointers, and Gordon added 14 points, with a trio of threes.  Arnoldy, Mohsenian, and Gordon passed out three assists, and Gordon made two steals.

BRUIN BITS:

* ALL-REGION: Gordon West Player of the Year, Munger First Team

All-around player Keisha Gordon of George Fox University has been named the 2011-12 NCAA Division III West Region Player of the Year and is joined on the All-West Region First Team by Bruin teammate Hannah Munger as selected by D3hoops.com and announced on their website on Feb. 12.

Gordon was a D3hoops pre-season Third Team All-America choice and Munger a Second Team All-America candidate this year.  In 2010-11, Gordon was a Second Team All-West Region selection and Munger was the West Region Player of the Year.

For a complete release on the Bruins and their All-Region honors, read the story on the George Fox sports website at http://athletics.georgefox.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/releases/allwest.

* ALL-NWC: Gordon Player of the Year, Meek Coach of the Year

Senior wing Keisha Gordon was voted the Player of the Year and Michael Meek was named the Coach of the Year, highlighting the accolades received by four George Fox Bruins for the 2011-12 All-Northwest Conference Women’s Basketball Teams as announced on Feb. 21 by the league office.

Joining Gordon and Meek as Bruins recognized by the conference’s nine coaches were junior center Hannah Munger, a First Team All-NWC selection for the third straight season, and senior wing Arianna Mohsenian, who received honorable mention for the second year in a row.  Gordon was a Second Team All-NWC choice as a freshman and First Team All-NWC each of the last two years.  Meek was honored with the top coaching honors for the first time in his second season as the Bruins’ coach.

For a complete release on the Bruins and their All-Conference honors, read the story on the George Fox sports website at http://athletics.georgefox.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/releases/allnwc.

* Munger Named BAA Athlete of the Week as Bruins Reach “Final Four”

With a pair of double-doubles in points and rebounds, George Fox center Hannah Munger led the Bruins to two sectional victories and their second NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball National Tournament “Final Four” to earn the Bruin Athletic Association Women’s Athlete of the Week award for Mar. 5-11.

In a 71-55 “Sweet 16” win over Bowdoin on Mar. 9, Munger, a senior from Newberg, Ore., scored 18 points on 7-9 field goals and 4-9 free throws, with 11 rebounds, 4 blocked shots, and 4 assists.  The following day, she led the Bruins to a 68-45 “Elite 8” win over previously-unbeaten Mary Washington, the sectional host, by scoring 19 points on 9-12 field goals and 1-3 free throws, with 10 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 2 assists.  For the week, she scored 37 points (18.5 ppg) on 16-21 field goals (.762) and 5-12 free throws (.417), with 21 rebounds (10.5 rpg), 9 blocked shots (4.5 bspg), and 6 assists (3.0 apg).

Nationally, Munger is 8th in blocked shots (3.9 bspg), 16th in field goal pct. (.558), and 27th in double-doubles (14).  In the Northwest Conference, she is 1st in field goal pct. and blocked shots (3.9 bspg), 2nd in rebounding (9.6 rpg), and 9th in scoring (13.8 ppg).  She has been the BAA Athlete of the Week three times this season, the NWC Student-Athlete of the Week once, and honorable mention for NWC honors once.

The George Fox Athlete of the Week Award for both men and women is presented throughout the Bruin sports seasons by the Bruin Athletic Association, whose mission is to provide George Fox student-athletes with an outstanding athletic and academic experience and to strengthen the overall competitiveness of the Bruin athletics program.  For more information about the organization or to become a member, visit the Bruin Athletic Association website

2011-12 Bruin Athletic Association Women’s Athletes of the Week

Aug. 29-Sept. 4 - Patti Reeves (Volleyball)

Sept. 5-11 - Melanie Gaither (Soccer)

Sept. 12-18 - Kelsey Morrison (Golf)

Sept. 19-25 - Megan McGrew (Golf)

Sept. 26-Oct. 2 - Kate Freiheit (Cross Country)

Oct. 3-9 - Stephanie Kerr (Volleyball)

Oct. 10-16 - Courtney Hochstetler (Cross Country)

Oct. 17-23 - Megan McGrew (Golf)

Oct. 24-30 - Tiffany Burk (Volleyball)

Oct. 31-Nov. 6 - Patti Reeves (Volleyball)

Nov. 7-13 - Courtney Hochstetler (Cross Country)

Nov. 14-20 - Jami Roos (Basketball)

Nov. 21-27 - Keisha Gordon (Basketball)

Nov. 28-Dec. 4 - Keisha Gordon (Basketball)

Dec. 5-11 - Jami Roos (Basketball)

Dec. 12-25 - Keisha Gordon (Basketball)

Dec. 26-Jan. 8 - Hannah Munger (Basketball)

Jan. 9-15 - Jami Roos (Basketball)

Jan. 16-22 - Megan Arnoldy (Basketball)

Jan. 23-29 - Keisha Gordon (Basketball)

Jan. 30-Feb. 5 - Hannah Munger (Basketball)

Feb. 6-12 - Felicia Chavez (Softball)

Feb. 13-19 - Rachel Fielder (Softball)

Feb. 20-26 - Keisha Gordon (Basketball)

Feb.27-Mar. 4 - Kelsey Morrison (Golf)

Mar. 5-11 - Hannah Munger (Basketball)

* 2011-12 Honors

Keisha Gordon

- NCAA Division III West Region Player of the Year (D3hoops)

- NCAA Division III All-West Region First Team (D3hoops)

- Northwest Conference Player of the Year

- Bruin Athletic Association Athlete of the Week - Nov. 21-27; Nov. 28-Dec. 4; Dec. 12-25; Jan. 23-29; Feb. 20-26

- Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week - Nov. 21-27 (HM); Nov. 28-Dec. 4 (HM); Dec. 12-25 (HM); Jan. 23-29 (HM); Feb. 6-12 (HM); Feb. 13-19 (HM)

- Posada Royale Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team (MVP)

Hannah Munger

- NCAA Division III All-West Region First Team (D3hoops)

- All-Northwest Conference First Team

- Bruin Athletic Association Athlete of the Week - Dec. 26-Jan. 8; Jan. 30-Feb. 5; Mar. 5-11

- Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week - Dec. 26-Jan. 8 (HM); Jan. 30-Feb. 5

- Posada Royale Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team

Arianna Mohsenian

- All-Northwest Conference Honorable Mention

Megan Arnoldy

- Bruin Athletic Association Athlete of the Week - Jan. 16-22

- Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week - Jan. 16-22

Jami Roos

- Bruin Athletic Association Athlete of the Week - Nov. 14-20; Dec. 5-11; Jan. 9-15

- Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week - Nov. 14-20; Dec. 5-11 (HM); Jan. 9-15 (HM)

Michael Meek

- Northwest Conference Coach of the Year

* Gordon Breaks Career Scoring Mark with Former Leader Watching

When Keisha Gordon hit a free throw with 9:16 left in the first half of the Bruins’ 68-55 win over Puget Sound in the Northwest Conference Tournament semi-finals at home on Feb. 23, it was her 10th point of the game and made her the new career scoring leader at George Fox.  She broke the record held for 27 years by Melody Groeneveld-McMaster, who collected 1,629 points from 1981-85.  The former Bruin scoring champ was on hand in the crowd of 1,185 to watch her mark being surpassed, and met with Gordon following the game to congratulate her.  Gordon has now extended her record to 1,724 points with two games remaining in her career.  Groeneveld-McMaster remains the Bruins’ career leader in scoring average, however, achieving her 1,629 points in only 99 games for a 16.45 per game average.    Gordon’s average per game is 14.01 in 123 games.

* Polls: Bruins No. 3 in Final Regular-Season Polls, No. 1 in West Region

With a 27-0 record through games of Feb. 26, the George Fox Bruins remained No. 3 in both NCAA Division III national polls.  In the D3hoops.com poll, the Bruins got one first and 581 points, two more than the week before.  As they have all season long, the top three teams all held their places as defending national champion Amherst (27-0) was first with 20 firsts and 619 points, followed by Chicago (25-0) with four firsts and 602 points. In the USA Today / ESPN / Women’s Basketball Coaches Association poll, the Bruins received 185 points for the eighth straight week, trailing Amherst (5 firsts and 197 points) and Chicago (3 firsts and 194).  In the third regional rankings from the NCAA Division III National Tournament Selection Committee which came out on Feb. 22, George Fox (25-0 overall and 20-0 in the region) was ranked No. 1 in the West Region.  Behind the Bruins were St. Thomas MN (24-1, 24-1), Simpson IA (20-5, 17-5), Lewis & Clark (23-2, 16-2), Gustavus Adolphus (19-6, 19-6), and Occidental (22-3, 20-2).

USAToday/ESPN/WBCA poll: http://www.wbca.org/news/top-25-polls/usa-today-espn-division-iii-top-25-coaches-poll/

D3hoops.com poll: http://www.d3hoops.com/top25/index

Regional Rankings: http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/basketball-women/d3/regional_rankings

* Bruins Have Now Put Together 19 Straight Winning Seasons

With their current record of 31-0, the Bruins have posted 19th consecutive winning seasons.  The string began in 1993-94 in the first year under Sherri Murrell, now the women’s basketball coach at Portland State. Following three winning seasons with Murrell, the Bruins added 14 more winning seasons under Scott Rueck, who left in the summer of 2010 for the women’s basketball position at his alma mater, Oregon State. The 2010-11 Bruins finished 25-6, their 18th straight winning season, under first-year coach Michael Meek.  Including this year, George Fox has gone 395-127 (.757) during that span from 1993-2012.

* Bruins Carry Four Streaks into NCAA Tournament Final Four

With a 31-game winning streak heading into the upcoming Final Four, the Bruins have the second-longest winning streak in team history.  The longest ever was 36 games that included a perfect 32-0 record in the 2008-09 national championship season and the first four games of the 2009-10 season.  That streak ended, ironically, with a 54-48 loss on Nov. 29, 2009, at California Lutheran, their first-round opponent in this year’s NCAA Tournament.   

With their wins over Cal Lutheran and Lewis & Clark on Mar. 2-3 in the NCAA Tournament, the Bruins extended their home-court winning streak against all opponents to 36 in a row, their last home loss being a 64-51 defeat at the hands of NAIA power Lewis-Clark State on Dec. 5, 2009. 

With the NCAA win over Lewis & Clark, the Bruins have won 52 in a row at home in the Wheeler Sports Center’s Miller Gym over Northwest Conference opponents in all games, including post-season NWC and NCAA Division III Tournament games. The last time the Bruins lost at home to a conference team was 51-48 to Puget Sound in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 3, 2007.  The Bruins have also won 49 straight regular season-only games vs. the NWC in Newberg since a 55-51 overtime loss to Linfield on Nov. 28, 2006.

* Records Set or Tied in 2011-12

- Most Points, Career - 1,724 by Keisha Gordon, 2008-present (broke previous record of 1,629 by Melody Groeneveld-McMaster, 1981-85, with 23 points vs. Puget Sound, 2/23/2012)

- Most Steals, Career - 288 by Keisha Gordon, 2008-present (broke previous record of 243 by Linda Funderhide, 1987-91, with career high-tying 7 steals at Concordia-Portland, 12/27/2011)

- Most Blocked Shots, Career - 322 by Hannah Munger, 2009-present (broke previous record of 287 by Tammy Lewis, 1985-89, with 5 blocked shots at Willamette, 2/11/2012)

- Most Blocked Shots, Team, Single Game - 14 at Concordia-Portland, 12/27/11: Hannah Munger 8, Breezy Rinehart-Young 3, Carrie Myers 2, Megan Arnoldy 1 (broke previous record of 13 at Dallas, 11/28/2008, and tied vs. Linfield, 1/16/2010)

- Best Field Goal Pct., Game - 1.000 (7-7) by Keisha Gordon vs. Whitman, 1/28/12 (ties record set by Hayley Cusick at Pacific (Ore.), 2/4/2011)

* NCAA Stats: Bruins Among Top 20 in Nation in 5 Categories

- In NCAA Division III national statistics thru Mar. 11, George Fox ranks 1st in won-lost pct. (1.000, tied with Amherst), 5th in scoring margin (+21.1), 8th in field goal pct. (.448), 10th in blocked shots (6.1 bspg), 14th in defense (49.8 ppg), 26th in rebound margin (+7.8) 28th in scoring (70.9 ppg)...

- Hannah Munger is 8th in blocked shots (3.9 bspg), 16th in field goal pct. (.558), 27th in double-doubles (14) ...

- Keisha Gordon is 28th in field goal pct. (.536) ...

* NWC Stats: Gordon Ranked in NWC Top 10 in 8 Different Categories

- In NWC stats thru Mar. 11, George Fox is 1st in defense (49.8 ppg), scoring margin (+21.1), field goal pct. (.448), field goal pct. defense (.341), steals (11.1 spg), blocked shots (6.1 bspg), 2nd in scoring (70.9 ppg), 3-pt field goals (187), 3-pt field goal pct. (.332), rebounding (40.6 rpg), rebounding margin (+7.9), assists (14.6 apg), 4th in 3-pt pct. defense (.294), 7th in fewest turnovers (17.7 topg), 8th in free throw pct. (.625) ...

- Keisha Gordon is 2nd in steals (2.6 spg), field goal pct. (.536), 4th in  assist/turnover ratio (1.5), 5th in assists (3.0 apg), 7th in scoring (14.2 ppg), 8th in free throw pct. (.767, T), 9th in rebounding (6.5 rpg), 10th in 3-pt pct. (.348) …

- Hannah Munger is 1st in field goal pct. (.558), blocked shots (3.9 bspg), 2nd in rebounding (9.6 rpg), 9th in scoring (13.8 ppg) …

- Arianna Mohsenian is 1st in assist/turnover ratio (2.1), 4th in 3-pt field goals (49), 10th in 3-pt pct. (.333) ...

- Jami Roos is 1st in 3-pt field goals (63), 8th in 3-pt pct. (.354), free throw pct. (.767, T), 17th in scoring (10.5 ppg) ...

- Breezy Rinehart-Young is 6th in blocked shots (0.7 bspg) ...

- Hayley Cusick is 8th in steals (1.6 spg) ...

- Megan Arnoldy is 28th in scoring (7.8 ppg) ...

* Double-Doubles

- Hannah Munger: season 14, career 39 - 10 pts, 10 reb vs. Corban, 11/15; 14 pts, 18 reb vs. Northwest (Wash.), 11/19; 24 pts, 13 reb vs. Chapman at Thousand Oaks, Calif., 11/26; 19 pts, 10 reb at Whitworth, 12/3; 12 pts, 11 reb vs. Chapman, 12/10; 12 pts, 11 reb at Lewis & Clark, 1/3; 21 pts, 15 reb at Pacific, 1/7; 24 pts, 12 reb vs. Puget Sound, 1/14; 19 pts, 10 reb vs. Whitworth, 1/27; 16 pts, 12 reb vs. Lewis & Clark, 1/31; 15 pts, 14 reb vs. Pacific, 2/3; 10 pts, 11 reb vs. Lewis & Clark, 3/3; 18 pts, 11 reb vs. Bowdoin at Fredericksburg, Va., 3/9; 19 pts, 10 reb at Mary Washington, 3/10

- Keisha Gordon: season 5, career 12 - 12 pts, 12 reb vs. Northwest (Wash.), 11/19; 21 pts, 10 reb at California Lutheran, 11/27; 18 pts, 11 reb at Lewis & Clark, 1/3; 23 pts, 12 reb vs. Puget Sound, 2/23; 18 pts, 12 reb vs. Lewis & Clark, 3/3

- Megan Arnoldy: season 1, career 2 - 10 pts, 10 reb vs. Puget Sound, 2/23

* NCAA Career Lists: Munger 17th in Double-Doubles, 20th in Blocks

In only her third season with the George Fox Bruins, 6-5 center Hannah Munger has already moved into the top 20 in NCAA Division III history in career double-doubles and the top 25 in career blocked shots ... She has 39 double-doubles in points and rebounds, moving her past Amy Todd of Methodist (37, 1997-99) and Jaquana Abdullah of Kean (38, 2000-03) into 17th on the all-time list.  Ashley Yeast of Monmouth (Ill.) is 16th (40, 2005-08).  The career leader is Kathryn Stockbower of Swarthmore (83, 2008-11) ... With 9 blocked shots in the last two games vs. Bowdoin and Mary Washington, Munger raised her career total to 322, extending her own George Fox record, and passed Hillary Klimowicz of the College of New Jersey (314, 2007-09) for 20th on the all-time D-III list.  Ahead are Laurie Miller of Eastern Mennonite (329, 195-98), Annegret Nautsch of Bethel MN (330, 200-09), Sara Zondag of Wisconsin Lutheran (334, 1998-2001), Kristen Sheffield of Denison (336, 2004-07), and Michelle Costa of Gwynedd-Mercy (336, 1997-2000).  The Northwest Conference record holder is Courtney Johnson of Pacific Lutheran (6th with 387, 2001-04), and the all-time leader is Liz Hickey of Mary Washington (510, 2005-08).  

* GFU Career Lists: Gordon and Munger Extend Bruin Records in 3 Stats

- Keisha Gordon: With 28 points in the last two games vs. Bowdoin and Mary Washington, Gordon raised her career points total to 1,724, extending her own GFU career record ... She was 3-3 on free throws in the last two games, putting her career free throw pct. at .786 (384-489), 6th on the all-time list ... With 12 rebounds in the last two games, she has 744 in her career, passing Liz Clark (743, 2001-05) for 8th on the all-time list.  Ahead are Katy Campbell (747, 2004-08), and Susie Davis (753, 1983-87) …... She had 3 steals in the last two games, giving her 288 in her career and extending her all-time record ... She had 4 assists in the last two games, giving her 333 in her career, 4th on the all-time list.  Ahead is Becky Thompson (398, 1998-2002) ...

- Hannah Munger: With 37 points in the last two games vs. Bowdoin and Mary Washington, Munger raised her career points total to 1,313, 7th on the all-time list.  Ahead are Tammy Lewis (1,341, 1985-89) and Kim Leith (1,348, 2002-06) ... With 9 blocked shots in the last two games, she has 322 in her career, 1st on the all-time list ... After going 16-21 from the field in the last two games, she has a career field goal pct. of .557 (538-966), 2nd to Kristen Shielee (.599, 223-372, 2005-09) ... With 21 rebounds in the last two games, she has 865 in her career, 4th on the all-time list.  Ahead is Nancy Rissmiller (907, 1994-98) …

- Breezy Rinehart-Young: With no blocked shots in the last two games vs. Bowdoin and Mary Washington, Rinehart-Young’s career total stands at 89, 7th on the all-time list.  Ahead is Darby Cave (92, 2000-04) ...

* Head Coach Michael Meek

Head coach Michael Meek (Eastern Oregon ‘99), the 2011-12 Northwest Conference Coach of the Year, is 56-6 (.903, 28-0 home, 20-3 road, 8-3 neutral) to date in his second season at George Fox. Prior to joining the Bruins, he composed a record of 264-79 (.769) in 13 years of high school coaching in Oregon, three at La Grande (1997-2000) and 10 at Beaverton Southridge (2000-10). He led Southridge to five large-school state championships in his last six years, received 12 league or state Coach of the Year awards during his career, and was the 2006 MaxPrep National Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year ... Meek vs. upcoming opponents: 0-0 vs. Amherst; 0-0 vs. St.Thomas MN; 0-1 vs. Illinois Wesleyan (0-1 neutral)

A Winning Tradition

 
  • NCAA D-III National Champions (2009)
  • Two NCAA "Final Four" appearances (2009, 2012)
  • Five NCAA "Elite 8" appearances (2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Seven NCAA "Sweet 16" appearances (2000, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • 10 NCAA National Tournament appearances in 15 years (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014)
  • Nine Northwest Conference Championships (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • 21 straight winning seasons (1994-2014)
  • 10 Top 25 national rankings (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014)
 
Final March 07
Women's Basketball
L, 71-51 vs. Whitworth
@ Walla Walla, Wash.
NCAA Tournament First Round
Final February 27
Women's Basketball
L, 74-55 vs. Whitworth
Northwest Conference Tournament Semifinal
Final February 22
Women's Basketball
W, 89-42 vs. Willamette
Final February 21
Women's Basketball
W, 74-61 at Puget Sound
Final February 18
Women's Basketball
W, 66-48 vs. Lewis & Clark
Postponed by snow from Feb. 8
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