Feb 10, 2018

Bruins Get Revenge On Top-Ranked Blues

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)
  • 14 NCAA National Tournament appearances in 16 years (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • 12 Northwest Conference Championships (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018)
  • 25 straight winning seasons (1994-2018)
  • 14 Top 25 national rankings (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Three NCAA Division III National Coaches of the Year
  • Six NCAA Division III Region Coaches of the Year
  • 11 Conference Coaches of the Year
  • 20 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 No. 21-ranked George Fox women's basketball team bested No. 5-ranked Whitman in a pivotal Northwest Conference matchup Saturday, winning in front of an electric home crowd, 80-68.

Recap:

The Bruins came out swinging as the trio of Kaitlin Jamieson, Haylee Hutzler and Tavin Headings combined for 10 points in the opening minutes of play.

With a narrow 12-11 lead around the halfway point of the first quarter, the Bruins looked to set the tempo for the rest of the game. Emily Spencer and Jamieson powered the team to a 10-3 run to finish the quarter. They held a 22-14 lead heading into the second period of play.

Spencer got it going in the second quarter, tallying seven points in the Bruins' effort to maintain their lead over the top-ranked Blues. George Fox held a narrow lead at the end of a back-and-forth period, 38-33.

Whitman rallied out of the break, chipping away at the deficit as the Bruins struggled to get into the flow of their offense. They took the lead with just over three minutes left in the third, 47-46. Both teams hit shots down the stretch, but the Blues held a one-point lead heading into the final period, 56-55.

Hutzler came in clutch for the Bruins in the fourth, rattling off five straight points early to give the team a 64-60 lead. The home team locked in from that point on, securing a couple of key steals and finding their way to the line to hold a hard-fought lead.

The Bruins executed perfectly in the key moments towards the end of the game, securing a comfortable 80-68 win after outscoring the Blues 25-12 in the final quarter.

The win gave head coach Michael Meek his 200th career win at George Fox and he now stands at 200-30 in his eight seasons as the head coach. He is fourth all-time among active coaches in all divisions for the NCAA in winning percentage.

Top Performers:

Spencer exploded in this one, going off for a career-high 21 points as well as racking up four steals. Hutzler was a crucial component as well, tallying 16 points and four assists. Jamieson found her way into double-digits as well with 13 points on a perfect 5-5 from the field.

What It Means:

After losing to Whitman early in the season, George Fox completed their revenge with a critical home win. They sit at 9-1 in the Northwest Conference, tied for first with the Blues. The Bruins also push their win streak to nine after Saturday's win.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins host Lewis & Clark in a conference matchup Friday, Feb. 16. Tipoff is set for 4:00pm.