Nov 16, 2018

No. 10 Bruins Drop Heartbreaker To Top-Ranked Tommies

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: Jake Bienvenue

NEWBERG --- In a highly-touted matchup between two nationally-ranked programs, the No. 10 George Fox Bruins hosted No. 4 St. Thomas (Minn.), losing a heartbreaker at the very end, 76-73.

Recap:

The sides traded three-balls to start it off, but it was the Tommies who managed to extend the lead with a quick seven points.

The Bruins came back with a 7-0 run to take a 10-7 lead around the midway point of the first quarter.

The team showed out in front of the home fans on the back end of the quarter, going on a 14-2 run to take a commanding 24-13 lead heading into the second. The Bruins ran their defensive sets to perfection, holding the high-powered St. Thomas offense to just 35.7% from the field while coming up with a whopping seven steals in the opening period.

Haylee Hutzler paced the Bruins in the opening period, pouring in seven points. Kylin Collman chipped in six and Madison Hull contributed five. The Bruins shot 66.7 percent from the field and hit all seven of their attempts at the charity stripe.

The Tommies opened up the second quarter with a 13-2 run to tie the game at 26 apiece with 4:24 left in the half.

The sides traded blows through the remainder of the second, but it was St. Thomas who managed to hit a buzzer beater to take a 40-39 lead heading into the break.

The Bruins had a difficult time crashing the glass, as they were outrebounded 17-8 in the first half.

Hutzler and Collman paced the home team in scoring at the break, each tallying nine points. Hutzler went a perfect 3-3 and Collman went 3-5. The Bruins remained perfect at the free throw line, hitting all thirteen of their attempts.

Tavin Headings and Matney Jamieson came out of the gate hot, rattling off nine points in the opening three minutes to take a 48-44 lead.

Haley Strowbridge and Headings found the back of the net from deep to help push the home team to a 58-52 lead heading into the final period. The Bruins outscored the Tommies 19-12 in the third quarter.

Hutzler scored a quick four points at the beginning of the fourth to keep space between the two teams, giving the Bruins a 63-54 lead with 7:35 left in the game.

The Tommies responded with a 12-4 run to cut the lead to just one with 2:21 left, setting the score at 67-66.

The Bruins hit four clutch free throws, but St. Thomas was again able to put the ball in the back of the net in crunch time, scoring eight straight to take a 74-71 lead with 29 seconds left.

The Bruins narrowly missed the game-winning attempt to drop a nail-biter.

Top Performers:

Hutzler had a monster game, racking up 15 points, eight rebounds, and an assist while shooting 6-9 from the field. Three other Bruins found their way into double-figures, as Headings, Jamieson and Collman each poured in ten points. Emily Spencer and Collman were active on the defensive end, combining for a pesky nine steals. Cassidy Posey made her collegiate debut, as the freshman recorded four points on the night with a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line.

What It Means:

With the loss, the Bruins now sit at 2-1 on the season.  

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will look to get back on track at home against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday at 7:00 pm.