Feb 08, 2019

Bruins Win Top-Ranked Bout Over 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

WALLA WALLA --- The No. 13-ranked George Fox women's basketball traveled to Washington to take on the No. 22-ranked Whitman Blues on Friday, turning in an impressive performance to beat the second-best team in the conference, 61-57.


Hailey Hartney hit an early three-ball to put the Bruins on the board. George Fox kept it going from there, scoring 11 points to take an 11-6 lead with six minutes left in the first quarter. The Blues were able to hit some shots to keep the game competitive, but the Bruins were able to stay one step ahead through the majority of the opening frame. The Blues took a 20-18 lead with just over a minute left, but the Bruins hit a pair of back-to-back buckets and earned a 22-20 edge heading into the second quarter.

Another pair of buckets made it eight straight for the Bruins, giving them a six-point lead to start out the second period.

After the Blues tied it up with just over three minutes remaining in the half, Emily Spencer responded with a steal and a jumper. The home team hit some buckets down the stretch, however, and Whitman held a narrow 33-30 lead at the break.

Spencer and Emily Holder kept it going out of the break, each finishing in the paint to retake the lead at the beginning of the third. The matchup between the two high-powered offenses did not disappoint, as the teams traded blows through the third quarter.

Tavin Headings caught fire, rattling off six straight. The Bruins held a narrow 45-44 lead at the end of three.

Hartney and Spencer found their range in the fourth, finding the bottom of the net from deep to give the Bruins a four-point lead with 3:34 left.

The Blues took a one-point lead with just over a minute left, then Spencer hit a huge three to put the Bruins up two. When the Blues tied the game at 55 apiece, Spencer responded with yet another clutch jumper to give the Bruins a lead which they would hold for the rest of the game.

George Fox executed in clutch time and earned a crucial victory against the next-best team in the conference, 61-57. With the win, they avenge its only conference loss.

Top Performers:

Spencer was on fire in this one, scoring 20 points on 8-13 from the field and 2-3 from deep, including a couple shots in crunch time, to help the Bruins to victory. Holder was the next-highest scorer, pouring in nine.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 12-1 in conference and 19-3 overall.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins take on Whitworth on the road on Saturday, February 9 at 4:00pm.