Dec 02, 2017

A Perfect Night From Headings Leads Bruins In Win

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

SALEM, Ore. --- The No. 21 George Fox women's basketball team took on Willamette on the road Sunday, winning a hard-fought game against the tough conference opponent, 79-76.

Recap:

The Bruins scored a quick 10 points in the opening minutes, but a run by Willamette put them up 17-10 with three minutes left in the quarter.

Four quick points from Kylin Collman set them back on track, but the Bearcats were again able to go on a run to stretch the lead to 26-16 at the end of the first.

The Bruins exploded in the second quarter, storming back from down 10 on the back of some hot shooting from beyond the arc to cut the deficit to just four.

The teams traded blows through the final five minutes of the half, ending neck-in-neck with Willamette holding a narrow lead, 42-41.

Tavin Headings had herself a half, finishing with 12 points, going a perfect 5-5 from the field and 2-2 from deep.

Kaitlin Jamieson and Haylee Hutzler found the bottom of the net in the opening minutes of the second half to tie the game at 45 apiece.

The teams went back-and-forth through much of the third quarter as the Bruins entered the final period of play down by just three, 60-57.

The trio of Collman, Headings and Jamieson was tough to stop for the Bearcats, combining for 15 of the Bruins' 22 total points in the fourth quarter as they took the lead then managed to hold it. Emily Spencer played well in crunch time also, scoring six in the final period of play.

Clutch play by the Bruins helped to secure a narrow win over a tough team, 79-76.

Top Performers:

Headings could not miss on Saturday, going a perfect 7-7 from the field, 2-2 from deep and 2-2 from the charity stripe to combine for a team-high 18 points. Collman was a spark plug off the bench for the Bruins, finishing with 17 of her own. Jamieson and Hutzler were the other players to end in double-figures, finishing with 13 and 12, respectively.

What It Means:

The Bruins begin conference play 2-0 and move to 4-2 overall.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins host UC Santa Cruz Saturday, Dec. 9, at 4:00pm.