Jan 27, 2017

Bruins Fall to Loggers in Top 25 Showdown

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)
 

Photo Taken By: Shelby Byerly

NEWBERG, Ore. --- It was a top 25 showdown in Wheeler Sports Center, Friday night, as the No. 24-ranked George Fox women's basketball team hosted the No. 12-ranked Puget Sound Loggers in a close defeat, 83-76.

Recap:
The Bruins jumped on the top-ranked Loggers in the opening minutes, taking a 9-2 lead on 4-for-4 shooting. The Loggers settled in, though, recording the first tie of the game at the 5:49 mark, 11-11. After tying up the score, the Loggers went on an eight point run to take a 19-11 lead with a minute left in the first quarter. The Loggers ended the first quarter of play with a six point lead, 21-15.

The Bruins came out of the quick break with back-to-back threes, provided by Kimberly Frost and Tavin Headings. The Bruins regained the lead with 3:35 left in the first half after Bailey McDevitt drained a 3-point shot, 31-28. The rest of the quarter was highly contested, as both teams traded baskets until the buzzer sounded for halftime.

The Loggers went into the half with a 37-34 lead. Both teams heard the whistle quite a bit in the first half, as both teams combined for 20 fouls.

The physicality didn't go away after the break, as play was slowed down due to fouls. The third quarter proved to be the longest of the four as an astonishing 17 fouls were called between both teams. The Bruins came out of the third quarter with a three point edge, 62-59.

The final quarter was tense, as both teams started to see the value in each possession. Kaycee Creech gave the Bruins some breathing room at the 8:35 mark with a layup to give the Bruins a six point lead, 65-59. The Loggers rallied back three minutes later when Samone Jackson hit a deep three to knot the score up at 70-70. Free throws were traded between both teams, but it was the Loggers who took the advantage on the scoreboard. Kaitlin Jamieson brought the Bruins within one with 1:38 left, 75-74, but two free throws and a layup pushed the deficit back to four. The Loggers finished the game on the stripe to seal the seven point win.

The score was tied eight times during the 40 minutes of play, and the lead changed hands 15 times.

Top Performers:
Freshman Emily Spencer led the Bruins on the night with a career-high 14 points. Creech was the final Bruin in double figures with 12 points. Jamieson was one point shy of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.

What It Means:
The Bruins suffer their second loss in a row and fall to 14-4 on the season and 6-3 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins hit the road Saturday, Jan. 28, against Pacific with tipoff set for 4p.m.