Feb 18, 2017

Bruins Clinch No. 2 Seed in NWC Tournament With Win Over Whitman

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)

By: Alex Plusquellec

WALLA WALLA, Wash. --- The No. 24-ranked George Fox women's basketball team clinched the No. 2 seed in the Northwest Conference Tournament, Saturday night, as the Bruins took down the No. 17-ranked Whitman Blues on the road, 65-62.

Whitman came out the aggressor early on outscoring the Bruins 9-0 in the first three minutes. Kaitlin Jamieson's 3-point play got the Bruins on the board and kick started their rally.

A layup by Kimberly Frost brought the Bruins to within one and another Jamieson bucket gave her team the first lead at 14-13. 

Tied at 18-18 after the first quarter, Haylee Hutzler and Kaycee Creech both made layups to start the second, but Whitman remained close. The largest lead held by either team in the quarter was six by the Blues, but the Bruins answered and managed to tie the game at 31-31 going into halftime. 

The Bruins raced out to a 10 point lead early in the third quarter behind Creech and Jamieson. As they did all night, the Blues responded by going on an 8-0 run to bring the lead to just three. A three pointer by Tavin Headings pushed the Bruins' lead back to six, but scrappy defense by Whitman kept it a close, 53-49, going into the fourth quarter. 

The two teams went scoreless in the first two minutes of the final quarter before Jamieson's jump shot gave the Bruins a six point advantage. Whitman chipped away at the deficit until they tied the game at 62-62 with less than a minute to go.

With 38 seconds to go, Creech made a layup to give the Bruins a two point lead, and a Kylin Collman's free throw pushed the lead to three with 11 seconds to go, 65-62. 

Whitman's game-tying three pointer was off the mark, and the Bruins held on for the three point victory, 65-62.

Top Performers:
Jamieson dominated the paint Saturday night, scoring 14 points to go with a team-high nine rebounds and three blocks. Creech continued her solid all-around play as she added 14 points, five rebounds and a pair of assists. Bailey McDevitt added eight points and seven rebounds and Frost led the Bruins with five assists. 

What It Means:
The victory Saturday night broke a tie between the Bruins and Blues for second place in the NWC. The Bruins will enter the conference tournament as the No. 2 seed.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will host Whitman once again Thursday, Feb. 23, in the semifinal of the NWC Tournament. Tip is set for 7 p.m.