Jan 05, 2019

Headings' Hot Night Powers Bruins Passed Boxers

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 welcomed Pacific (Ore.) to Wheeler Sports Center on Saturday, January 5, to kick off the 2018-19 season series against the Boxers. The Bruins struggled from the foul line but ground out a 59-54 victory behind 18 points from Tavin Headings.

Recap:

The Bruins got off to a good start with an early 7-2 lead after a triple from Emily Holder on the opening possession and layups from Haylee Hutzler and Emily Spencer. The Boxers answered with a 6-1 run over the next three minutes to tie the game at 8-8 with five minutes to play in the opening quarter, but the Bruins scored six unanswered points after to take a 14-8 lead. The Boxers had one more answer left in the quarter and at the end of the first George Fox led 16-12.

The game was tightly contested the rest of the way as the two teams traded shots and stops for the final three quarters. After earning a four-point advantage at the close of the opening quarter, the Bruins put up another 16 points in the second to take a 32-25 lead at the break.

Headings caught fire from deep in the third quarter with a trio of treys for the Bruins and helped provide breathing room, but the Boxers refused to go quietly into the night. After Headings' triples the Boxers put together a run of their own and ended the third quarter almost shot for shot with the Bruins, as the Bruins managed to eke out a 17-15 advantage in the third.

The Boxers actually outscored the Bruins in the fourth and made it tight at the end. The Bruins made it to the foul line repeatedly throughout the night but struggled as a team from the line, leaving 12 free points on the table with missed foul shots. The Bruins were able to finish strong, however, and held off the Boxers' comeback bid for the 59-54 win.

Top Performers:

Headings was the Bruins' best option on offense with 18 points on a fantastic four for six night from beyond the arc and Emily Spencer was close behind with 12 points on a six for 11 night from the field. Hayley Strowbridge and Hutzler each finished the night with a team-high six rebounds.

What It Means:

The Bruins remain undefeated in Northwest Conference play with a 4-0 record against NWC opponents and improve to 11-2 overall after the win at home.

What Happens Next:

The Bruins welcome the 'Whits' next week as Whitworth and Whitman come to town on Friday and Saturday, January 11 & 12. Tipoff against Whitworth on Friday, January 11, is set for 6:00 pm.