Dec 29, 2016

George Fox Battles Trinity in Overtime Thriller

A Winning Tradition

 
  • NCAA D-III National Champions (2009)
  • Three NCAA "Final Four" appearances (2009, 2012, 2015)
  • Six NCAA "Elite 8" appearances (2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015)
  • Nine NCAA "Sweet 16" appearances (2000, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)
  • 13 NCAA National Tournament appearances in 16 years (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • 11 Northwest Conference Championships (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)
  • 24 straight winning seasons (1994-2017)
  • 13 Top 25 national rankings (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Three NCAA Division III National Coaches of the Year
  • Six NCAA Division III Region Coaches of the Year
  • 11 Conference Coaches of the Year
  • 18 All-Americans
  • One Academic All-American
  • Three Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year Finalists (Justine Benner - 2015, Keisha Gordon - 2012, Katy Campbell - 2008)
  • One Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year Winner (Kristen Shielee - 2009)
  • One George Fox Pasero Team of the Year (2009)
  • One Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year Award (Scott Rueck - 2009 finalist)
 

SAN ANTONIO, Texas --- 

Tavin Headings lit the fourth quarter with perfect 4-4 shooting beyond the arc to spark a 10-0 Bruin run with three minutes left in the game. Two clutch free throws by Kaycee Creech forced the teams into overtime, but the George Fox Bruins (7-2) couldn't defeat the Trinity Tigers who remain undefeated this season (11-0) after an 83-78 win.

Recap

The Bruins (No. 15) travelled to Texas for a highly anticipated Top 25 matchup against the Tigers (No. 18). Offensive troubles plagued the Bruins early; they were held to just 11 points with 3-12 shooting in the first quarter. 

 An offensive rebound and putback by Haylee Hutzler brought the Bruins to within two early in the second quarter, but the Tigers responded to jump back up by six. In the ensuing minutes, Trinity went on a run to take a 30-21 lead with just under three minutes left in the half.

Kimberly Frost and Creech helped cut into the Tiger lead, and Kylin Collman kicked in three of her career high 12 points off the bench in the final 40 seconds of the half to bring the Bruins to within four at halftime, 32-28.

Frost and the Bruins came out aggressive in the second half, as the guard fed Kaitlin Jamieson for a layup. Frost then snatched  two of her six steals, converting both into easy buckets for the Bruins who took their first lead of the game at 34-32.

Trinity quickly answered with a run of their own to take a 40-35 lead, but a Collman three brought the Bruins to within two. The Bruins and Tigers continued to exchange buckets and turnovers, and it was Trinity who took a six point lead into the final period.

Headings scored 14 of her career-high 20 points in the fourth quarter. Down eleven with four minutes to go, Headings hit two threes and the Bruins got layups from Creech and Hailey Hartney to cap off a 10-0 run and bring George Fox within one. Another three from Headings and two free throws from Creech in the final minute tied the game at 72 apiece and forced overtime.

Creech kept the Bruins close, but her career high 16 points wasn't enough as the Tigers scored the final five points from the free throw line to defeat the Bruins 83-78.

Top Performers

Tavin Headings led the Bruins with 20 points, a career high. Creech also added a career-high 16 points on 5-7 shooting and 6-7 from the free throw line, and Kimberly Frost tallied a career best eleven assists to go along with nine points and six steals. The rebounding efforts were led by Haylee Hutzler, who grabbed seven boards off the bench.

What It Means

The Bruins loss is just their second of the season, both of which have come on the road. Both losses came to opponents who have a combined 21-1 record.

What's Next

The Bruins will finish off their Texas road trip tomorrow against Southwestern before returning home to Northwest Conference play. Tip off tomorrow is set for 1 p.m. PST.