Mar 03, 2018

Bruins Fall In The Second Round of the NCAA Div. III Tournament to No. 2 Wartburg

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)
 

WAVERLY, Iowa --- The No. 12/13-ranked George Fox women's basketball team fell in the Second Round of the NCAA Division III National Tournament to No. 2 Warburg Saturday in an 82-58 final.

Recap:

The first 10 minutes had a tale of two sides, as both teams came out showing a bit of nerves. After two big blocks by Kaitlin Jamieson, the Bruins were able to record the first basket of the game from a Haylee Hutzler three.

The Bruins went on to hold a 9-8 lead after the first five minutes of action, but all of that would change in the final five minutes of the first quarter. The top-ranked Knight put together a 23-3 run from 5:05 all the way until a buzzer-beating three was banked in to give the Knights a 31-12 lead over the Bruins.

The Knights shot over 60 percent in the first quarter from the field, while the Bruins recorded a 26.3 percent clip. George Fox also went 1-8 from the 3-point line.

At the start of the second quarter, the Bruins addressed the issue, picking up the pace of play and taking their time inside the paint. The Knights red-hot shooting didn't seem to fizzle, as the home team went back and forth with the Bruins.

George Fox held on, though, taking an 18-10 second quarter advantage to cut the deficit to 11, 41-30. The Bruins picked up their shooting in the second quarter, shooting 40 percent from both the field and the 3-point line.

The third quarter was full of excitement, as both teams put on a defensive effort to keep the game close. Neither team was willing to give an inch, but foul trouble started to play a factor for the Bruins. Three of the Bruin's five starters faced foul trouble for the remainder of the second half. The Bruins finished the third quarter trailing the Knights, 56-43.

The Bruins ran into issues in the final quarter of play, as both Tavin Headings and Jamieson were called for their fifth fouls of the game. With six minutes left, the Bruins recorded their fifth team foul, which would place the Knights on the free throw line for the remainder of the game. At that time, the Bruins were called for 22 fouls, while the Knights had 11.

George Fox showed no quit the rest of the game, but was unable to make a comeback late in the fourth.

The Bruins shot 32 percent from the field and 19 percent from the 3-point line.

Top Performers:

Kaitlin Jamieson finished her final game as a Bruin with a team-high 12 points and six rebounds. She ends her career with 1,025 points and is 14th all-time at George Fox. She also finishes third all-time at George Fox in career blocks with 258. Julie Litchfield is also the other senior that finishes her career at George Fox. In total, the senior class finishes 106-12 in their four years.

What It Means:

The Bruins finish the season at 25-4 and record their 25th straight winning season, their 14th NCAA Tournament appearance and their 12th Northwest Conference Championship.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will head into the offseason looking to pick back up where they left on in the 2018-19 season.