Jan 16, 2015

Benner Believe It

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 18 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)
 

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The No. 10-ranked women's basketball team continued its success Friday night, as the Bruins defeated the Missionaries of Whitman College, 77-63.

George Fox improves to 14-0 on the season and 5-0 in the Northwest Conference. The Missionaries fall to 8-6 and 3-2 in conference play.

The Bruins didn't waste any time in the first half as they jumped out to a 13-point lead in the first 10 minutes. That lead was pushed to 20 almost eight minutes later after Justine Benner made a nifty move in the paint, 36-16.

The score was never tied, but it did change hands six times as the Bruins went into the break up, 39-18.

At the half, Justine Benner led all scorers with 11 points. Sammy Naluai wasn't far behind with nine on a perfect 2-for-2 from the 3-point line.

In the second half, Whitman threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Bruins, but the lead would never dip under double digit points. In fact, the Bruins contained the Missionaries for most of the second half trading points back and forth. The Missionaries put the game within 12 with less than two minutes left, but that would be the closest they would get.

Benner finished with a career-high 26 points and one rebound shy of a double-double (9). She went 9-for-10 from the free throw line and added three assists and two steals to her performance. Naluai ended the game with 15 points and three assists. Lauren Codling recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bruins out-shot the Missionaries in all aspects and forced a total of 21 turnovers.

Both Hailey Ann Maeda and Heather Johns led the Missionaries in scoring with 16 points apiece.

Tomorrow the Bruins will host No. 15 Whitworth at 4:00 p.m. Both teams will enter the contest at 14-0 and 5-0 in conference play.