Dec 30, 2018

Down To The Wire: Bruins Fall To Royals In Final Minute

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)

By: Jake Bienvenue

NEWBERG --- The No. 9-ranked George Fox women's basketball team hosted the Royals of Bethel University in a grit-and-grind matchup on Sunday, losing a tough one, 65-64.


The opening twenty-five seconds saw both teams record steals, setting the tone in what would be a game fraught with turnovers.

Madison Hull got the Bruins on the board around the eight-minute mark, hitting from long range to spark the offense.

The game was competitive through the first quarter, but an 8-2 run from the Bruins around the four-minute mark gave the home team a 17-10 lead.

Kylin Collman had five points down the stretch to power George Fox to a 24-20 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Bruins could not get their shots to fall in the second quarter, going scoreless until just under five minutes left in the half when Haylee Hutzler managed to find the bottom of the net. Luckily, the Royals were not able to capitalize to the extent they could have, scoring only eight points in that five-minute stretch.

In the final minutes of the first half, Bethel rattled off a 7-2 run to take a 35-30 lead.

Tavin Headings scored four quick points to set the score at 35-34 heading into the break.

The Bruins came out of the gate locked in on the defensive end. Bethel turned the ball over a whopping 13 times in the third quarter. Emily Holder led the team with six points to power the team to a 50-48 heading into the final period of play.

The sides traded blows for most of the fourth quarter. With 2:58 left in the game, both teams were even at 59-59. Unfortunately, for the Bruins, the Royals were able to execute in crunch time and steal a sloppy game in which both sides had over twenty turnovers.

Both teams combined for 50 fouls and 52 turnovers.

Top Performers:

Holder paced the Bruins in scoring with 14 points to go along with six rebounds. Collman finished with 12 points on 2-4 shooting from beyond the arc. Emily Spencer was the third Bruin in double-figures with 12. Hutzler was a beast on the boards in this one, pulling down 12 rebounds in the contest.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 9-2 on the season.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will bring on Northwest Conference play against Pacific Lutheran on the road Friday, Jan. 4, with tipoff set for 6:00 pm.