Jan 13, 2017

Jamieson Helps Bruins Blast Past Bearcats

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)
  • 12 NCAA National Tournament appearances in 16 years (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • 11 Northwest Conference Championships (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)
  • 23 straight winning seasons (1994-2016)
  • 12 Top 25 national rankings (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • 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)

SALEM, Ore. --- The No. 20-ranked George Fox women's basketball team visited the Bearcats of Willamette, Friday night, as the Bruins beat the Bearcats, 75-53.

The Bruins were near impossible to stop in the opening quarter, shooting a blazing 52.6 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. Kaitlin Jamieson helped the Bruins take an 8-4 lead early on, but the Bearcats rallied to take their first lead at the 5:55 mark, 12-11. Both teams traded points back and forth for the remainder of the first quarter. Ashley-Alohi Kiko hit a three in the last minute to give the Bruins a 26-23 edge after 10 minutes of play.

The Bruins' lead grew to seven, 34-27, after Jamieson made a nice move in the paint midway through the second quarter. The defensive pressure was felt from both sides, as fans watched two minutes run off the clock before a basket was made.

The Bruins ended the first half with a 44-34 advantage. Kimberly Frost and Jamieson led the way for the Bruins, as the two were the only players in double figures at the half (10). The Bruins recorded a 50 percent clip from the field, while the Bearcats shot 38.9 from the field.

In the start of the third, the Bruins' defensive press became a factor for the Bearcats. The Bruins forced seven turnovers in the first five minutes, and allowed four points in the first four minutes of action. In fact, the Bruins went on a 15-6 run after nine minutes of play. George Fox ended the quarter with a 16 point lead, 59-43.

George Fox grew its lead to 19, 62-43, at the start of the fourth, but the Bearcats found some momentum from 9:23 to 7:04 as the home team cut the deficit to 11, 62-51. The Bruins answered back with a couple of quick baskets in the paint to push the lead back up to 18, 69-51. After the quick baskets, the Bruins regained momentum, and sealed the game on the free throw line.

Top Performers:
Jamieson finished with a team-high 18 points, going 6-12 from the field with eight rebounds. Frost was right behind her with 16 points, four assists and two steals. Frost is now tied for seventh All-Time at George Fox in Career Steals (187). Kaycee Creech was the final Bruin in double figures with 10.

What It Means:
With the win, the Bruins improve their overall record to 12-2 and 4-1 in the Northwest Conference.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins host the Wildcats of Linfield College Saturday, Jan. 14 at 6p.m. for rivalry night.