Jan 12, 2019

Bruins Suffer First Loss of NWC Play to Blues

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. 12-ranked George Fox women's basketball team hosted the (RV) Whitman Blues in the second night of a back-to-back, dropping a tough one to their conference opponents, 73-54.

Recap:

Emily Spencer scored the Bruins' first four points to start what was a back-and-forth first quarter. The teams traded buckets, but at the end of one, the Blues held a narrow lead, 17-15.

Haley Strowbridge's five points paced the home team after the opening frame.

The second quarter opened up competitive on both sides. Spencer continued to showcase her ability to get into the paint at will, hitting her second layup of the period to tie the game at 23 with 6:21 left.

Hailey Hartney and Kylin Collman each finished around the rim to cap off a 6-0 run for the Bruins, giving the home team a 27-23 lead around the midpoint of the second.

Whitman held a narrow lead at the half, 31-29.

The Blues came out of the break aggressive, rattling off a 12-2 run to take a 43-31 lead.

The Bruins had a difficult time getting shots to fall—hitting just one of their first 17 three-point attempts—while Whitman stayed hot. The Blues were able to take advantage of George Fox's poor shooting, earning a 62-40 advantage after three quarters.

The Bruins got into the swing of their offense in the final frame, outscoring the Blues 14-11 on the back of an additional six points from Spencer and five from Tavin Headings. It was ultimately not enough as the Bruins dropped just their third game of the season, 73-54.

Top Performers:

Spencer turned in an impressive performance, scoring a team-high 18 points to go along with four assists and a whopping eight steals. Headings narrowly missed double-digits, scoring nine points and pulling down six rebounds.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 5-1 in conference play and 12-3 overall.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins finish up their homestand with a game against conference-rival Linfield on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6:00 pm.