Nov 17, 2017

Bruins Kick The Season Off With A Win Over Southwestern

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)
 

By: Jake Bienvenue

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox women's basketball team kicked off the 2017-2018 season with a Friday night home win, beating the Southwestern (Texas) Pirates soundly, 68-57.

Recap:

The two teams came out fighting as the score hovered around even through most of the first quarter.

Three-pointers from Tavin Headings and Hailey Hartney helped to ignite a run at the end of the first, ending with a Bruin lead, 22-14.

The Bruins opened the second quarter with a 5-0 run, the momentum from which carried the team to a sound 43-29 lead on the back of a balanced scoring effort led by Dani Harley and Headings.

The third quarter saw both teams playing defensively, though, the Bruins were able to retain the lead by holding Southwestern to only 12 points. The score was set at 54-43 headed into the final period of play.

Haley Strowbridge paced the Bruins in the fourth quarter, shooting 2-2 from beyond the arc to push the home team ahead. In fact, the Bruins had a better night from the 3-point line than the field, shooting a scorching 45.5 percent, but only a 34.3 percent clip from the field.

The Bruins' defense also shined throughout the game, scoring a whopping 26 points off turnovers and forcing 26 turnovers.

Top Performers:

Headings and Strowbridge led the offense tonight, tallying 15 and 12, respectively. Headings shot an impressive 4-6 from three, while the 12 points from Strowbridge marked a new career-high.

On the defensive end, Kylin Collman racked up five steals and Kaitlin Jamieson blocked two shots.

What It Means:

The Bruins start their season at 1-0

What Comes Next:

The Bruins host Trinity (Texas) Saturday, Nov. 18, at 6:00pm to finish off the Bruin Classic.