Nov 15, 2014

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  • One George Fox Pasero Team of the Year (2009)
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NEWBERG, Ore. --- George Fox University's women's basketball team kicked off its season opener Saturday evening, as the Bruins hosted Trinity University (Texas) in the George Fox University Tip-Off Classic.

The Bruins opened their season on the right foot taking down the Tigers in a daunting 63-40 victory.

George Fox was led by a valiant effort on the night, as senior forward Lauren Codling recorded a double-double with 11 points and a whopping 20 rebounds. She is now tied for fourth on the all-time list for single game rebounds.

"I think Lauren is something special," said head coach Michael Meek. "She is a great player and plays with a lot of desire, and as a senior is showing what we want this team and program to be all about."

Jami Morris led all scorers firing off 18 points on 4-for-10 shooting and 6-for-8 from the charity stripe. Justine Benner was also in double digits recording 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting. She was just three rebounds shy of a double-double.  

After trailing 5-0 in the opening minutes, the Bruins scored nine straight points to take their first lead of the season at 9-5. On the next possession down the Tigers scored a layup, but then both teams dug in as two minutes ran off the clock before the next score.

The Bruins went into the half up 36-21.

In the second half, the Bruins opened up the scoring as they held the Tigers to a total of 19 points.

"I feel like this is a great start to the season," said Meek. "We have things we still have to work on, but the fight and hustle that was given was amazing. The culture here is what makes this team great. We have kids who want to play for each other and watch each other succeed. That is just really special. Obviously there are things that we need to work on, but after the first game that's expected. We will take each game one at a time and use it to continue to get better."

The Bruins held the Tigers to 19 percent shooting from the 3-point line, while the Bruins shot 30 percent. George Fox out-rebounded the Tigers 52-36, and recorded 19 offensive rebounds. Codling had seven offensive boards on the night.

George Fox will complete the Tip-Off Classic tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. against the University of La Verne on Sunday, Nov. 16.