Dec 01, 2017

Bruins Start NWC Play Undefeated With Win Over 'Cats

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

McMINNVILLE, Ore. --- The No. 21 George Fox women's basketball team opened Northwest Conference play with a big win over the Wildcats of Linfield College Friday night, taking the contest, 83-75.  

Recap:

Tavin Headings opened the game up with a quick strike from beyond the arc to give the Bruins an early spark.

The Bruins' defense was stifling in the opening minutes as the Wildcats were unable to make a shot from the field until almost four minutes into the game.

A mid-range jumper and a deep ball from Dani Harley sent the Bruins on an 8-2 run. Kaitlin Jamieson was able to hit a couple shots in the final minutes of the first quarter to help secure a close lead, 26-22.

The Bruins kept on the gas pedal in the second, opening the quarter on an 8-0 run on the back of a pair of long balls from Headings and Haylee Hutzler.

The Wildcats came back at the end of the quarter to secure a narrow two-point lead going into the break.

The Bruins opened up the second half with a flurry of offense as they managed to go on an impressive 11-2 run.

The teams fought back-and-forth through much of the third quarter as the score was set at 64-64 going into the final period of play.

Headings continued to shine, opening up the fourth with a strike from beyond the arc, putting the Bruins up three.

Jamieson and Hailey Hartney hit important shots down the stretch and Kylin Collman hit four clutch free throws to drive the Bruins to a hard-fought victory, 83-75.

Top Performers:

The Bruins had four players score in double-figures on the night. Headings led the way with 19 points on a scorching 4-6 from beyond the arc while recording three steals. Collman recorded 16 points on 4-6 shooting, including 2-3 from deep to go along with four assists. Hartney and Jamieson each recorded 12 points.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 3-2 overall and begin conference play 1-0.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins take on Willamette on the road Saturday, Dec. 2, for a conference matchup set for 4:00pm.