Dec 09, 2017

Bruins Record Win Against Banana Slugs

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)
 

Recap:

The Bruins found themselves down 11-2 in the opening minutes after a run by the visiting team. Fortunately, Emily Spencer was able to put four points up in short succession to cut into the Banana Slugs' lead and keep the game competitive.

The Bruins trailed 21-12 at the end of the first after a rocky start from the field.

The second quarter saw the Bruins come out far more competitive, cutting the lead down to just five with two minutes left in the half on the back of a balanced scoring effort.

The Bruins opened up the second half with a pair of threes from Spencer and Tavin Headings. Capitalizing on their momentum, George Fox came back from 10 points down to take a 41-39 lead with just over two minutes left in the third quarter.

Holding a narrow 44-42 lead, the Bruins came into the fourth quarter with a vengeance, rattling off nine points in the first three minutes to secure an eight-point lead.

The Bruin offense was clicking on all cylinders in the fourth as a number of players will able to contribute on the offensive end.

UC Santa Cruz was unable to get anything going against the staunch defense of the Bruins. George Fox outscored the Banana Slugs 21-7 in the fourth quarter steal a solid victory, 65-51.

Top Performers:

Spencer led the Bruins in scoring, tallying 11 points and a whopping five steals. Four players recorded eight points in this one: Headings, Kylin Collman, Haley Strowbridge and Emily Holder.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 5-2 overall and remain a perfect 2-0 in conference play.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins host Augustana Monday, December 18 at 4:00pm.