Feb 17, 2018

Bruins Beat Boxers, Clinch Northwest Conference Championship

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 No. 15 George Fox women's basketball team clinched the Northwest Conference Championship Saturday night after taking down Pacific University in a close home win, 60-59.


Tavin Headings got hot early, hitting a pair of shots from beyond the arc for the Bruins' first six points. Three more shots from beyond the arc fell for the home team, this time coming from Haley Strowbridge, Madison Hull and Kylin Collman. The hot shooting put George Fox up 15-9.

The Boxers came out and hit some shots in the beginning of the second quarter to narrow the deficit, but Haylee Hutzler and Hailey Hartney each hit a three-pointer to set the score at 26-17, pushing the lead to nine.

Pacific rallied back at the end of the first half, taking a narrow 31-30 lead heading into the break.

Emily Spencer and Headings each hit three-balls at the beginning of the second half as the Bruins were able to retake the lead, 38-35. George Fox hit an impressive four of their seven shots from beyond the arc in the third quarter.

The Boxers rallied back as the teams competed back-and-forth, but it was the Bruins who held the narrow 50-45 lead heading into the final period of play.

The home team rattled off five unanswered points at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but the Boxers responded by tying the game at 55-55 with just over three minutes remaining.

After a critical deep ball from the Boxers, the Bruins were down 59-58 with seven seconds left in the game.

A foul put Emily Spencer at the line with the chance to win it, but she was not able to hit the go-ahead free throws.

A clutch rebound by Hutzler earned the Bruins yet another trip to the line, but this time the outcome was different as Hutzler knocked both down to seal the win and the championship, 60-59.

The win tonight marks the Bruins' 12 Northwest Conference Championship and their third in the last four years.

The Bruins also honored Kaitlin Jamieson and Julie Litchfield before tonight's game for senior day.

Top Performers:

Hutzler delivered throughout the game as well as in crunch time, racking up 12 points on 2-3 shooting from deep. Hartney did a little bit of everything for the Bruins in this one, tallying five points to go along with six assists and five rebounds.

What It Means:

The Bruins earned the top spot in the Northwest Conference with the win on Saturday. They finish the regular season with an overall record of 22-3 and a conference-best 15-1, having won 11 straight games.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins' first matchup of the Northwest Conference Tournament will be against the No. 4-seed Lewis & Clark Thursday, Feb. 22 with the time to be later announced.