Feb 20, 2015

Picture Perfect

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 George Fox women's basketball team had a memorable and special night Friday, as the Bruins won their 10th Northwest Conference Championship, and left their mark in the George Fox record books as the third team in school history to go undefeated (25-0) in regular season play.

The Bruins closed out their regular season hosting Lewis & Clark College in a 74-43 victory.

With the victory, Mike Meek becomes the winningest head coach in a five year span in Bruin history. His 123-19 winning record at George Fox eclipses that of former women's basketball head coach Scott Rueck's best five years at 117-24.

Before the game got underway, the Bruins paid tribute to the senior class honoring Lauren Codling, Dacia Heckendorf and Jami Morris. Codling joins just three other Bruins in the record books to average a double-double in a single season. Heckendorf and Morris will go down in history as the second best four year class with a winning percentage of 88.2 percent (98-13). As freshman, they were a part of the 2012 team that also went 25-0 in the regular season.

After all the excitement and emotions that go with senior night, the Bruins got off to a slow start in the opening minutes trailing the Pioneers by 10. It didn't take long before the Bruins settled down and took their first lead of the game at the 11:04 mark when Justine Benner made a nice turn-around jumper, 16-12. The Bruins then increased their lead to 13 after going on a 13-4 run from 10:46 to 3:12. George Fox went into the half with a comfortable margin of 18 points, 36-18.

The second half efforts were even more impressive than the first, as they turned their 18 point lead to 25 in the first five minutes. Morris led the Bruins in the second half scoring 10 of her total 15 on the night, going a perfect 3-for-3 from the 3-point line.

Codling recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds. She also dished out three assists and had four blocks. Benner finished with 14 points and Heckendorf was one point shy of double digits with nine.

The Bruins out-rebounded the Pioneers, 45-31, and forced 19 turnovers on the night.

With the clinching of the first seed in the Northwest Conference Tournament, the Bruins will host Whitman next Thursday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Miller Gymnasium.