Mar 02, 2018

Bruins Beat St. Benedict In First Round of NCAA Div. III Tournament

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)

WAVERLY, Iowa --- The No. 12/13-ranked George Fox women's basketball team opened up the First Round of the NCAA Division III Tournament against the No. 21/24 Saint Benedict Blazers, advancing to the second round with a 79-63 victory. 


The top-ranked Bruins opened up the game the only way they know how – fast. The pace of play seemed to be a factor for the Blazers, as the Bruins forced early turnovers to start the first quarter. Tavin Headings hit the first basket of the game with a trademark three, and Kaitlin Jamieson gave the Bruins a 5-2 lead after a nice layup.

Despite the speed of the game, both teams weren't able to capitalize on the offensive side of things. After five minutes of action, the Bruins led 7-3 with a small scoring drought from both sides. The Blazers were able to cut into the deficit with a small run of their own, cutting the lead to one, 10-9, at the three-minute mark.

The Bruins finished the first quarter with a 14-11 advantage.

Jamieson helped spark some momentum for the Bruins in the second quarter, as the senior used her size to make her third field goal of the game. Foul trouble crept up on the Bruins midway through the second quarter, forcing the Bruins to pick up their rotation from the bench. George Fox didn't seem to let it be a factor, though, as the press continued to stifle the Blazers for a majority of the second quarter. In fact, the Bruins went on a 9-2 run in the final three minutes of the first half.

The Bruins picked up their shooting, going 9-16 (56.3%) from the field to enter the break with a 36-25 lead. Jamieson was stellar in the first 20 minutes of play, recording a team-high 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in her 13 minutes of action.

The start of the third quarter was similar to the first, as the Bruins came out of the break looking to speed up the game. At the 7:50 mark of the third quarter, Jamieson recorded her 14th point of the game on a layup, which helped her eclipse the 1,000-point scoring mark in her career at George Fox.

The Bruins kept their double-digit lead for most of the third quarter, as the Blazers had issues dealing with the pace and pressure by the Bruins. In the final three minutes of the quarter, the Blazers found some rhythm, going on a 6-0 run to bring the score within seven, 52-45, with 1:12 left. George Fox answered quickly with a Jamieson layup and both teams locked in for the final minute of the third quarter. After back and forth play, and the clock in the final 10 seconds, Madison Hull hit a deep three at the buzzer to give the Bruins a 57-45 lead going into the final quarter of play.

The tension was evident in the final quarter, as both teams dug in to see who would survive and advance. Fouls started to add up against the Bruins, and at the 6:05 mark Emily Spencer recorded her fourth foul of the game. Although fouls played a role, the Bruins never wavered, holding the Blazers at a comfortable distance. George Fox ended the game with a comfortable lead to beat the Blazers, 79-63.

George Fox was perfect from the free throw line on the night, going 17-17 from the stripe. The Bruins were one free throw shy of tying the school record set back in 2003 against Linfield (18-18).

Top Performers:

Jamieson ended her night one point shy of her career-high with 26 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. This marked her 11th double-double of her career. She is now 14th all-time at George Fox with 1,013 points. Hailey Hartney recorded 10 points, going a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line.

What It Means:

With the win, the Bruins survive and advance to the second round of the NCAA Div. III Tournament. The Bruins are now 25-3 on the season.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will face the winner of No. 2 Wartburg and Webster Saturday, March 3 at 5 p.m.