Jan 04, 2019

Bruins Start New Year With Win Over Lutes

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)
 

TACOMA --- The No. 9-ranked George Fox women's basketball team picked up where it left off in Northwest Conference play, Friday night, as the Bruins kicked off the New Year with a 67-51 victory over Pacific Lutheran.

Recap:

It was a slow start for both teams as fouls and turnovers were committed before either side made a basket. The trademark press and high-pressured defense by the Bruins seemed to put the Lutes out of sorts in the early going. In fact, the Bruins held the Lutes to five points for the first seven minutes of competition.

Emily Spencer gave the Bruins momentum late in the first quarter with a deep three at the 3:26 mark to put the visiting team up 12-5. The Lutes started to cut into the deficit with a 5-0 run, but Hailey Hartney's layup to end the first quarter gave the Bruins a 16-11 lead.

The second quarter started almost identical to the first, as both teams were unable to get anything going in the first two minutes. Matney Jamieson and Madison Hull broke the silence for the Bruins with a layup and a three on back-to-back possessions to extend the Bruins' lead to seven, 21-14.

With newfound momentum, the Bruins continued to assert their dominance and slip away from the Lutes. George Fox did a nice job managing Madison Salisbury, who came into the game as the Lutes top scorer with an average of 17 points per game. The Bruins game plan on defense paid off, holding Salisbury scoreless for the first half of action.

With 4:26 left in the half, Emma Janousek brought the Lutes within one after a pair of free throws, 21-20. The Bruins immediately responded with a Haley Strowbridge three, which sparked a 12-2 run to give the Bruins a 33-22 lead at the break.

Coming out of halftime, the Bruins intensity picked up on defense as they forced the Lutes into multiple turnovers. Hartney drained another three in the corner to keep the Bruins up by double digits. It was a back and forth quarter as both teams traded baskets and the Lutes continued to hang around and keep things interesting. PLU finished the third quarter outscoring the Bruins, 17-13.

Despite the better quarter by the Lutes, the Bruins went into the fourth with a seven-point lead, 46-39.

George Fox scored within the first 12 seconds of the fourth quarter and didn't look back. The Bruins fired on all cylinders during the quarter, as they found their groove on the free throw line, inside the paint and from beyond the arc. It was a little bit of everything as the floodgates opened up and the Bruins led by as much as 19 to end the game.

The Bruins had six players connect from beyond the arc, as the team shot 9-19 with a red-hot 47.4 percentage.

Top Performers:

Hailey Hartney tied her career-high on the night with a team-high 17 points, going 5-7 from the field, 3-4 from the 3-point line and a perfect 4-4 from the stripe. She also grabbed four rebounds and two steals. Haylee Hutzler recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Emily Spencer also had a terrific night, recording seven points, four rebounds, and two steals.

What It Means:

The Bruins stay perfect in the NWC at 3-0 and improve to 10-2 on the season.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will return home Saturday, January 5, to host the Boxers of Pacific University at 4 pm.