Feb 06, 2015

Stealing the Show

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)
 

NEWBERG, Ore. --- After moving up a spot to No. 4 in the D3hoops.com Top 25 rankings, the George Fox women's basketball team was in full swing Friday night, as the Bruins dominated the Willamette Bearcats, 80-41.

The Bruins wasted no time in the opening minutes jumping out to a 14-point lead after a Nicole Blizzard layup. The Bearcats battled back and cut the lead to six, but the Bruins quickly pushed that lead to 15 with 1:35 left in the first half.

George Fox went into the break up, 38-24.

Like they have done all year long, the Bruins increased their lead in the second half to 21-points after Justine Benner completed the three-point play in the paint. The Bruins largest lead of the game came with just under a minute left when Kaitlin Jamieson hit a free throw.

"We had a lot of kids come off the bench and give us some solid minutes," said head coach Michael Meek. "I liked the energy that Kyla Miner and Kim Frost gave us tonight in the second half. We always will have something that we can improve on, but right now our minds our on to the next game."

The Bruins filled up the stat sheet with Justine Benner leading the crew with 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal. Lauren Codling recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 14 points and 15 rebounds. She was three assists shy of a triple-double (7) and five steals shy of a quadruple-double (5).

"I thought this was a great game for us to really come together and stay strong," said Benner. "With every substitution, that new group would bring even more energy and effort than the last, which really shows our depth and how talented of a team we have."

Jami Morris scored 11 and recorded four steals. Sammy Naluai tied Codling with a game-high five steals.

George Fox will have another quick turnaround traveling up to Pacific Lutheran with tip at 4:00 p.m. To watch the game click here.