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

McMINNVILLE --- The No. 11-ranked George Fox women's basketball team faced the Linfield Wildcats in a Tuesday evening matchup, beating their rivals on the road, 83-66, to sweep the season series.

Recap:

The Bruins gained control of the game immediately, rattling off 10 unanswered in a scoring blur that lasted just under a minute and a half. Emily Holder had four points, an offensive rebound and a steal in that time frame.

The Wildcats had no answer for the high-powered George Fox offense as the onslaught continued. They led 16-2 with 6:30 left in the first quarter.

Tavin Headings came in and provided energy off the bench, hitting a pair of shots to keep the Bruins rolling. Haylee Hutzler played a key role as well, finding the bottom of the net twice from long range on the back end of the opening frame. She had eight points in the quarter to help the Bruins to an astounding 38-point quarter. George Fox was up big after one, 38-17.

The second quarter was a back-and-forth affair as both teams settled into their grooves. Neither side was able to put together a sizable run, and the teams went a dead even 16-16 in the frame.

The Bruins held a sizeable lead at the break, 54-33.

Emily Dufour got it going out of the break, hitting a pair of jumpers to help keep the Bruins ahead.

George Fox put together a 10-0 run at the back end of the third quarter to put the game even further out of reach.

The Wildcats responded with a 7-0 run, but it was not enough to put a dent in the lead as the Bruins remained firmly in control at the end of three, 76-52.

The Bruins did everything they needed to in the fourth quarter, executing on the defensive end and doing enough on offense to put a stop to any semblance of a momentum-shift.

George Fox shot a blistering 46.7% from long range on its way to a commanding 83-66 win.  

Top Performers:

The Bruins had a host of players in double-figures in this one. Dufour led the way with a career-high 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Hutzler scored 12 on 2-4 shooting from deep while Hailey Hartney, Emily Spencer and Holder all chipped in 11.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 14-1 in conference play and 21-3 overall. The win over Linfield clinched the top seed in the 2019 Northwest Conference Tournament and the Bruins will host the No. 4 seed on Thursday, Feb. 21. There is still a three-team race for the No. 4 spot in the tourney between Pacific Lutheran, Linfield, and Whitworth, so the Bruins' opponent is still to be determined.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins host Willamette on Friday, February 15th at 6:00pm. The Bruins will celebrate their senior class as part of the evening's events, so be sure to attend and take part in the ceremonies as the Bruins close out the regular season against the Bearcats.