Jan 26, 2019

Bruins Complete Season Sweep Of Pios Behind Headings' White-Hot Night

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 George Fox women's basketball team set the tone for the Northwest Conference on notice Saturday, hosting and defeating Lewis & Clark, 97-46.

Recap:

After conceding a pair of free throws early, the Bruins turned on the jets and scored eight unanswered. The Pios hit another shot, then the Bruins scored nine unanswered. The team was active on defense, coming away with five steals while holding the opposition to just six points in the opening frame. They put up 19 points of their own to take a sturdy lead.

The Pios cut it to single digits at the beginning of the second quarter, but the Bruins were again able to respond, this time with a 10-0 run. They led 29-10 with just under five minutes remaining in the half.

Senior sharpshooter Tavin Headings began to get hot, hitting back-to-back threes with around four minutes left in the period. Headings' ten second quarter points thwarted any opportunity for a pre-halftime surge by Lewis & Clark. That, and the fact that the Bruin defense was pesky enough for the Pios to turn the ball over 12 times in the second period alone.

Freshman Emily Dufour hit two quick shots to close out the half, giving George Fox a monster 47-17 lead at the break.

The Bruins showed no mercy out of the half as both the offense and defense kept their opponents around 30 points behind.

In a stretch that lasted under two minutes, Kylin Collman, Haylee Hutzler and Hailey Hartney all found the bottom of the net from deep, keeping the pressure on Lewis & Clark.

The Bruins shot 66.7% from the field and went 3-5 from deep in the third quarter.

George Fox continued to look sharp in the fourth. With a commanding lead, the home team was able to prevent any late runs that might jeopardize the win. The bench unit was able to come in and compete as well, giving the Bruins some solid minutes.

The team showed out on home court, winning 97-46.

Top Performers:

Headings continued her string of impressive games, putting up 20 on an absurd 9-11 from the field. Collman had the hot hand as well, scoring 13 points while shooting 4-5 from the field and an eye-opening 3-4 from long range. Hartney scored pitched in 11 points on 4-5 shooting while stuffing the stat sheet all around, tallying three rebounds, four assists and three steals. Emily Spencer had 10 points to go along with five assists and Dufour finished with 10 as well. The Bruins had five players in double figures in the contest.

What It Means:

The Bruins extend their win streak to four, moving to 9-1 in conference play.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins take on Pacific (Ore.) on the road on Friday, February 1st at 6:00pm.