NEWBERG, Ore. – All-American Keisha Gordon, the George Fox University career leader in points and steals who led the Bruins to a four-year record of 117-10 from 2008-12 and an NCAA Division III national basketball title in 2009, has been named as a finalist for the 2012 Ad Rutschman Small College Women’s Athlete of the Year Award.
The Rutschman Award is named for the long-time coach and director of athletics at Linfield College. The winner will be announced, along with numerous other honors for high school, college, and professional athletes, coaches, teams and supporters, at the 61st Oregon Sports Awards ceremonies on Sunday, Feb. 10, from the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Headquarters campus in Beaverton, Ore. The awards show will run from 7:00-9:00 p.m., with ESPN SportsCenter anchor and Oregon native Neil Everett as the master of ceremonies, and will be taped for re-broadcast on television at a later date. A cocktail reception will precede the show at 5:30 p.m., with coffee and dessert to be served following the event.
Gordon, a 5-10 wing from Vancouver, Wash., and Heritage High School, was named an NCAA Division III First Team All-American by both the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and D3hoops.com for the 2011-12 season. She was a key player in George Fox’s 32-1 record that took the Bruins to the national championship game, where they fell 57-48 to Illinois Wesleyan. Along the way, she was named the Northwest Conference Player of the Year, as well as First Team All-West Region and West Region Player of the Year by D3hoops. She was the Most Valuable Player in the Posada Royale Thanksgiving Classic, and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the “Final Four”.
Nationally, Gordon’s field goal percentage of .530 ranked 28th. In conference statistics, she ranked first in steals (2.7 spg), second in field goal pct. (.530), fifth in assists (2.9 apg), seventh in scoring (14.2 ppg) and assist/turnover ratio (1.4), ninth in rebounding (6.6 rpg), and 10th in free throw pct. (.739)
Gordon reached double figures in scoring 28 times during the 2011-12 season, with 20 or more points five times, including a season-high 23 at Whitworth and against Puget Sound in the NWC Tournament. She had double-figure rebounds six times, with a high of 12 four times. She posted five double-doubles during the season and 12 in her career.
Against Whitman at home, Gordon tied the Bruin record for best field goal pct. in a game, going 7-for-7 to tie the mark set by teammate Hayley Cusick in 2011. She nearly broke another record when she hit 12-for-12 free throws vs. Lewis & Clark in an NCAA Tournament second-round game at home, one short of the record 13-for-13 by Elise Kuenzi vs. Whitman in 2009. She had five or more assists five times, and five or more steals 10 times, tying her career high with seven steals at Concordia-Portland.
Gordon finished her four-year career as the all-time George Fox leader in points (1,753) and steals (297). She also ranks second in games played (125), fourth in assists (336), sixth in rebounds (761), and seventh in free throw pct. (.7777). She was Second Team All-NWC as a freshman, and First Team All-Conference each of her final three years. During her rookie year in 2008-09, the Bruins went 32-0 and won the NCAA Division III National Championship with a 60-53 win over Washington-St. Louis.
Gordon graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from George Fox in 2012, and is is serving as a first-year assistant coach for the Bruins, who are currently 12-3 and ranked No. 23 in the nation.
The Oregon Sports Awards are hosted by Nike and media partners OregonLive and the Portland Tribune. Tickets for the evening are $50, and may be purchased from SportsOne by contacting Chelsea Corrado at ccorrrado@goSportsOne.com.