Feb 26, 2018

Bruins Head To Iowa For First Round of NCAA Div. III Tournament

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. 12-ranked George Fox women's basketball team will head to Waverly, Iowa, to face the College of Saint Benedict in the First Round of the NCAA Division III National Tournament March 2-3.

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Tournament Schedule

Friday, March 2

3:30 p.m. (PST) No. 12/14 George Fox vs. No.  21/25 Saint Benedict (Live Stats | Video)

6:00 p.m. (PST) No. 2/2 Wartburg vs. Webster

Saturday, March 3

5:00 p.m. (PST) Second Round game

The Matchup

George Fox (24-3) will make its 14th appearance in the NCAA Div. III National Tournament after receiving an automatic qualifier for beating Willamette in the Northwest Conference Tournament Championship game. Saint Benedict (22-4) received one of the 21 at-large selections after narrowly falling to Gustavus Adolphus College in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament game, 61-53. This marks the first time CSB has made the tournament since the 2008-09 season.

CSB is led by Niki Fokken and Chelsey Guetter, as the pair are the main contributors on both sides of the court. Fokken is averaging a team-best 14.1 points per game and second-best 5.8 rebounds per game, while Guetter averages 10.0 points per game and a team-best 6.2 rebounds per game. Saint Benedict averages 64.6 points per game and holds teams to the second-best mark in the MIAC in points allowed per game (54.0). Head coach Mike Durbin in his 33rd season with an overall record of 649-218 (.748). He currently holds the record for most MIAC wins by a women's basketball coach and also holds the record for most overall wins in the MIAC.

The Bruins are led by Kaitlin Jamieson, Emily Spencer, Tavin Headings and Haylee Hutzler. All five starters for the Bruins average 20-plus minutes per game, while Haley Strowbridge and Kylin Collman are just under the 20-minute mark. Jamieson has been on a tear her senior season with 11.9 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game. She currently has 987 points in her career and is 15 points away from becoming 15th all-time at George Fox in scoring. Michael Meek is in his eighth season for the Bruins with an overall record of 204-33 (.861).