WHAT’S BRUIN: Women’s Basketball News & Notes 11/30

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Overall Record: 4-0 (Home 2-0, Road 1-0, Neutral 1-0)

NWC Record: 0-0 (Home 0-0, Road 0-0)

HIGHLIGHTS:

* Coming Up: Bruins to Begin Northwest Conference Play at the Whits

* Recent Games: Bruins Go 2-0 in Posada Royale Thanksgiving Classic

* Gordon Captures BAA Award, HM for NWC Honors for Nov. 21-27

* Polls: Bruins Remain No. 3 in First D3hoops In-Season Rankings

* NWC Stats: Munger Takes Over NWC Lead in Rebounding, Blocks

* Career Lists: Munger Moves Up to 8th, Gordon to 10th in Rebounds

* Coming Up: Bruins to Begin Northwest Conference Play at the Whits

- Fri., Dec. 2, 6:00 pm – at Whitman College (1-3, NWC 0-0), Walla Walla, Wash.

- Sat., Dec. 3, 6:00 pm – at Whitworth University (2-4, NWC 0-0), Spokane, Wash.

NEWBERG, Ore. Northwest Conference play gets under way for the George Fox Bruins this weekend as they head to eastern Washington to play the Whitman College Missionaries on Friday and the Whitworth University Pirates on Saturday, both games tipping off at 6:00 p.m. and being followed by NWC men’s games at 8:00 p.m.

Multimedia: George Fox will provide live audio internet coverage of the eastern Washington games through campus station KFOX; see the link above. Opponents’ links:

Whitman live stats: http://www.whitman.edu/content/athletics/live-stats

Whitman live video: http://www.whitman.edu/content/athletics/live-video

Whitworth live stats: http://www.whitworth.edu/Athletics/Teams/Basketball/livestats/xlive.htm

Whitworth live video: http://www.whitworth.edu/Athletics/Teams/Basketball/livefeed.htm

Whitworth live audio: http://www.whitworth.edu/Athletics/Radio.htm

Whitman (1-3, NWC 0-0): The Missionaries from Walla Walla, Wash., were picked to finish 4th in the NWC coaches’ pre-season poll … Whitman dropped its last game, a 64-61 setback at Northwest (Wash.) on Nev. 23, despite 10 points and 7 rebounds from Meghan White … Series record (since 1981): George Fox leads 27-8 (14-4 home, 13-4 road) ... The Bruins have won the last 11 meetings, including last year’s sweep, 64-57 in Newberg on Jan. 15 and 61-45 in Walla Walla on Feb. 11 ... Whitman’s last win was 62-58 in Walla Walla on Jan.28, 2006 ... Whitman by the numbers: Scoring (61.2 ppg), Defense (59.0 ppg), FG% (.355), 3-pt FG% (.242), FT% (.771), Reb Avg. (39.0) ... The Missionaries have one-double-figure scorer: G Jenele Peterson (14.5 ppg) .... P Meghan White is the top rebounder (6.3 rpg) ... Peterson and G Tiffani Traver are the assists leaders (2.25 apg) ... Coach Michelle Ferenz is in her 11th season at Whitman ... Next game: Dec. 3 vs. Lewis & Clark, 6 p.m.

Whitworth (2-4, NWC 0-0): The Pirates from Spokane, Wash., were picked to finish 5th in the NWC coaches’ pre-season poll … Whitworth won its last game 81-62 over Chapman in the Posada Royale Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 27 behind 17 points from Lexi Belcher, 16 from Emily Guthrie, 12 from Kayla Johnson (along with 15 rebounds), and 10 from Lauren Picha and Kendra Lahue ... Series record (since 1981): George Fox leads 22-13 (13-3 home, 8-9 road, 1-1 neutral) ... The Bruins have won the last 8 meetings, including last year’s sweep, 66-46 in Newberg on Jan. 14 and 78-71 in overtime in Spokane on Feb. 12 ... Whitworth’s last win was 63-62 in Spokane on Feb. 2, 2007 ... Whiworth by the numbers: Scoring (66.8 ppg), Defense (70.0 ppg), FG% (.397), 3-pt FG% (.282), FT% (.679), Reb Avg. (38.7) ... The Pirates have three double-figure scorers: G Lauren Picha (12.8 ppg), G Emily Guthrie (10.2 ppg), and G Kayla Johnson (10.2 ppg) .... Johnson is the top rebounder (9.3 rpg) ... Guthrie is the assists leader (2.67 apg) ... Coach Helen Higgs is 254-182 to date in her 18th season at Whitworth ... The Pirates host Lewis & Clark Friday before meeting the Bruins ... Next game: Dec. 9 vs. California-Santa Cruz in the Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic at Walla Walla, Wash., 6 p.m.

* Recent Games: Bruins Go 2-0 in Posada Royale Thanksgiving Classic

Nov. 26 - George Fox 74, Chapman 57

Blowing open a game that was tied with 16 minutes left with a 38-12 run, the Bruins overpowered the Panthers 74-57 in the first round of the Posada Royale Thanksgiving Classic at California Lutheran. After struggling through a poor-shooting first half and committing 15 turnovers that left the score 25-25 at halftime, Carrie Myers put the Bruins ahead for good 34-32 with a layup at the 15:58 mark, and they outscored the Panthers 24-10 over the next nine minutes, Jami Roos pouring in 10 points in that span, to take control. Hannah Munger posted her third double-double in as many games with 24 points, hitting 9-11 from the field, 13 rebounds, and five blocked shots. Keisha Gordon and Roos added 13 points each.  Hayley Cusick handed out four assists, and Gordon made four steals. The Bruins out-rebounded the Panthers 46-24, including 23 on the offensive boards.

Nov. 27 - George Fox 63, at California Lutheran 51

Keisha Gordon posted her second double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Bruins to a 63-51 win over California Lutheran in the final round of the Posada Royale Thanksgiving Classic at Cal Lu. In earning the win, the Bruins gained a measure of revenge for their last meeting on Nov. 22, 2009, in Thousand Oaks when the Regals took a 54-48 win. That loss ended a 36-game winning streak by the Bruins which included their 32-0 record and NCAA Division III National Championship in 2008-09.  The game was close throughout until layups by Hannah Munger and Haley Cusick and two charity tosses by Cusick made it 52-44 Bruins with 3:22 left. After a Regal three, Arianna Mohsenian hit a three, Munger put back a missed shot, and Gordon drained a three to give the Bruins a clinching 60-47 lead with 1:05 left.  Munger and Cusick chipped in with 11 points each, Mohsenian passed out three assists, Gordon had three steals, and Munger swapped away six Regal shots inside.

* Gordon Captures BAA Award, HM for NWC Honors for Nov. 21-27

After earning Most Valuable Player honors in the Posada Royale Thanksgiving Classic in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Nov. 26-27, George Fox wing Keisha Gordon has been named the Bruin Athletic Association Women’s Athlete of the Week and received honorable mention for the Northwest Conference Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week for Nov. 21-27.

Gordon, a senior from Vancouver, Wash., began the tournament by scoring 13 points on 6-8 field (1-2 on three-pointers) with 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 assists in a 74-57 win over Chapman on Friday. She came back Saturday to lead the Bruins past tourney host California Lutheran 63-51 with 21 points on 7-11 field goals (2-4 on threes) and 5-6 free throws, with 10 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists. It was her second double-double of the season and the ninth of her career. For the week, in two games she scored 34 points (17.0 ppg) on 13-19 (.684) from the field, including 3-6 on threes (.500), and 5-7 (.714) on free throws, with 14 rebounds (7.0 rpg), 7 steals (3.5 spg), and 4 assists (2.0 apg).  

In NWC stats, Gordon ranks 2nd in field goal pct. (.629), 7th in 3-pt pct. (.385), 8th in rebounding (7.8 rpg) and steals (9, T), and 10th in scoring (14.0 ppg). A pre-season Third Team All-America selection by D3hoops.com, she ranks 3rd all-time at George Fox is steals (216), 6th in points (1,340), 7th in free throw pct. (.779), 9th in assists (248), and 10th in rebounds (575).

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)

BRUIN BITS:

* 2011-12 Honors

Jami Roos

- Bruin Athletic Association Athlete of the Week - Nov. 14-20

- Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week - Nov. 14-20

Keisha Gordon

- Bruin Athletic Association Athlete of the Week - Nov. 21-27

- Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week - Nov. 21-27

- Posada Royale Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team

Hannah Munger

- Posada Royale Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team

* Polls: Bruins Remain No. 3 in First D3hoops In-Season Rankings 

Off to a 4-0 start, the George Fox Bruins remained No. 3 in the first in-season national rankings of Nov. 29 by D3hoops.com. After receiving three votes for first place and 541 points in the pre-season poll, the Bruins got two firsts and 574 points in this week’s poll. The top three teams in the pre-season all held their places as defending national champion Amherst College was first with 18 firsts and 615 points, followed by the University of Chicago with five firsts and 598 points. Fellow Northwest Conference member Lewis & Clark College moved up from 25th to 18th after a 4-0 start.

Today / ESPN / Women’s Basketball Coaches Association pre-season poll, the Bruins received 156 points. Amherst was first with four votes for the top spot and 172 points, followed narrowly by Chicago with three firsts and 171 points. The first WBCA in-season poll is yet to be released. 

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

NWC Poll: Bruins Favored to Win 6th Straight League

After winning or sharing each of the last five Northwest Conference championships, and with five starters returning, it is perhaps little wonder that the George Fox Bruins are favored to win their sixth straight NWC title as predicted in a pre-season poll of the league’s nine coaches The Bruins picked up seven of nine first-place votes and tallied 70 of 72 possible points in the poll. Lewis & Clark, which shared last year’s regular-season conference crown with George Fox, was second in the poll with 59 points and picked up the other two first-place votes.

 

2011-12 Women's Basketball Coaches Pre-Season Poll:

School

(1st)

Pts.

2010-11 All

2010-11 NWC

George Fox (Ore.)

(7)

70

25-6

14-2

Lewis & Clark (Ore.)

(2)

59

21-7

14-2

Puget Sound (Wash.)

 

46

18-8

11-5

Whitman (Wash.)

 

44

15-11

9-7

Whitworth (Wash.)

 

35

11-14

7-9

Linfield (Ore.)

 

34

13-11

8-8

Pacific Lutheran (Wash.)

 

20

6-18

4-12

Pacific (Ore.)

 

16

7-18

3-13

Willamette (Ore.)

 

9

3-20

2-14

(First-place votes in parenthesis. Points awarded on 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis).

* Bruins Aiming for 19th Consecutive Winning Season

Under first-year coach Michael Meek, the 2010-11 Bruins finished 25-6, their 18th straight winning season, and will be out to make it 19 in a row in 2011-12. The Bruins’ string began in 1993-94 in their 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 winnings season under Scott Rueck, who left in the summer of 2010 for the women’s basketball position at his alma mater, Oregon State. George Fox is 354-126 (.738) during that 18-year span.

* Bruins Take Home Streaks of 41 in a Row vs. NWC into New Season

Entering the 2011-12 season, the Bruins have a home court winning streak against Northwest Conference opponents in all games, including post-season NWC and NCAA Division III Tournament games, of 41 in a row at the Wheeler Sports Center’s Miller Gym. 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 41 straight regular season-only games vs. the NWC in Newberg since a 55-51 setback to Linfield on Nov. 28, 2006. 

* NWC Stats: Munger Takes Over NWC Lead in Rebounding, Blocks

- Thru NWC stats of Nov. 29, George Fox is 1st in blocked shots (6.8 bspg), 2nd in scoring (74.2 ppg), field goal pct. (.444), 3-pt field goal pct. (.333), assists (16.8 apg), 3rd in rebounding (46.5 rpg), 4th in steals (11.0 spg), 8th in free throw pct. (.605), 9th in fewest turnovers (23.2 topg) ...

- Keisha Gordon is 2nd in field goal pct. (.629), 7th in 3-pt pct. (.385), 8th in rebounding (7.8 rpg), steals (9, T), 10th in scoring (14.0 ppg) …

- Hannah Munger is 1st in rebounding (12.0 rpg), blocked shots (22), 3rd in field goal pct. (.613), 7th in scoring (14.8) …

- Arianna Mohsenian is 8th in steals (9, T), 9th in 3-pt field goals (7, T), 3-pt pct. (.350), 21st in scoring (9.0 ppg, T) ...

- Jami Roos is 4th in 3-pt field goals (10), 5th in 3-pt pct. (.435), 15th in scoring (12.8 ppg) ...

- Hayley Cusick is 30th in scoring (7.2 ppg) …

- Carrie Myers is 12th in rebounding (6.0 rpg) ...

* Double-Doubles

- Hannah Munger: season 3, career 28 - 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

- Keisha Gordon: season 2, career 9 - 12 pts, 12 reb vs. Northwest (Wash.), 11/19; 21 pts, 10 reb at California Lutheran, 11/27

- Megan Arnoldy: season 0, career 1

* Career Lists: Munger Moves Up to 8th, Gordon to 10th in Rebounds

- Keisha Gordon: With 34 points in the last two games, Gordon raised her career points total to 1,340, 6th on the all-time list. Ahead are Tammy Lewis (1,341, 1985-89) and Kim Leith (1,348, 2002-06). She needs 290 more points to surpass Melody Groeneveld-McMaster (1,629, 1981-85) for first on the list … With a 5-7 week at the free throw line last week, her career free throw pct. is .779 (292-375), 7th-best alltime ... With 14 rebounds in the last two games, she has 575 in her career and passed Liz Stephens (566, 1992-96) for 10th on the all-time list. Ahead is Angela Pettit (613, 1993-97) ... She had 7 steals in the last two games, giving her 216 in her career, 3rd all-time. Ahead are Becky Thompson (236, 1998-2002) and Linda Funderhide (243, 1987-91) ... She had 4 assists in the last two games, giving her 248 in her career, 9th all-time. Ahead are Roxy Cate (254, 1979-82) and Amy Fitch (258, 2000-04) ...  

- Hanna Munger: With 11 blocked shots in the last two games, Munger has 222 career blocked shots, 2nd on the all-time list. Ahead is Tammy Lewis (287, 1985-89) ... With 20 rebounds in the last two games, she has 614 in her career and passed Angela Pettit (613, 1993-97) for 8th on the all-time list. Ahead is Liz Clark (743, 2001-05) … With 35 points in the last two games, she has 943 for her career and needs 57 more to become the 13th player in Bruin history to reach 1,000 for her career. Ahead on the 1,000-point list are Traci Nelson (1,001, 1988-92) and Robin Taylor (1,006, 2002-05) ... After going 12-15 from the field in the last two games, she has a career field goal pct. of .559 (393-703), 2nd to Kristen Shielee (.599, 223-372, 2005-09) ...

- Breezy Rinehart-Young: With two blocked shots in the last two games, Rinehart-Young has 71 career blocks and needs one more to tie Melody Groeneveld-McMaster (72, 1981-85) for 10th on the all-time list.  Also ahead are Lillian Jeske (74, 1981-82) and Kristy Fleming (76, 1992-94) ...

* Head Coach Michael Meek

Head coach Michael Meek (Eastern Oregon ‘99) is 29-6 (.829) 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:

2-0 vs. Whitman (1-0 home, 1-0 road)

2-0 vs. Whitworth (1-0 home, 1-0 road)

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 December 20
Women's Basketball
W, 87-50 vs. Wheaton (Mass.)
@ Honolulu, HI
Final December 06
Women's Basketball
W, 63-48 at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Final December 05
Women's Basketball
W, 63-52 at California Lutheran
Final December 02
Women's Basketball
W, 92-52 vs. Northwest Christian
Final November 22
Women's Basketball
W, 65-58 at Wis. Lutheran
1:00 PM December 21
Women's Basketball
vs. Lake Forest
@ Oahu, Hawaii
6:00 PM January 02
Women's Basketball
at Linfield
4:00 PM January 03
Women's Basketball
vs. Puget Sound
6:00 PM January 09
Women's Basketball
vs. Pacific Lutheran
4:00 PM January 10
Women's Basketball
at Willamette