Feb 15, 2019

Bruins Clinch Conference Title With Senior Night Victory

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 clinched the program's 13th - its second straight - Northwest Conference title with a dominant home win against Willamette on Friday night, 85-44.

Recap:

After the Bearcats took an early 4-3 lead, the Bruins rattled off a 10-0 run to jump ahead.

George Fox kept its foot on the gas throughout the back end of the opening frame, as Haylee Hutzler scored five points in the final few minutes to help keep the Bruins ahead.

The home team was locked in on the defensive end as well, holding the Bearcats to only 13 points on a measly 27.3% from the field. George Fox led big heading into the second, 28-13.

The Bruins had the long ball dialed in in the first quarter, shooting a scorching 80% from deep. Hutzler led the way with eight points, while Kylin Collman chipped in five.

Willamette had no answer for the high-powered George Fox offense in the second. They scored 15 unanswered, holding the Bearcats scoreless until there was only 2:21 left in the half. Their offense started to wake up after that, scoring nine points in the final minutes.

Tavin Headings scored nine points in the period, helping the Bruins to a huge 51-22 lead at the break.

George Fox could not be stopped in the third quarter either. They jumped all over the Bearcats immediately, scoring six to keep themselves way out ahead.

Emily Spencer had the hot hand in the third, shooting 3-4 from the field for six points. The effort helped set the score at 72-32 heading into the final frame.

The Bearcats worked at chipping into the lead in the fourth, but it proved to be too great a task. The Bruins won big, looking every bit a team ready to make a deep run in the postseason. They shot an impressive 46% from deep and 52% overall. The clock ran out and the score read 85-44 over the home fans.

Top Performers:

Hutzler led the way with a team-high 17 points to go along with five rebounds while shooting a scorching 6-8 from the field and 2-2 from deep. Headings found her way into double-figures as well, tallying 11.

What It Means:

With the win, the Bruins clinch the first-seed in the Northwest Conference Tournament. They finish the regular season with an impressive record of 15-1 in conference play and 22-3 overall. The Bruins' three seniors can now claim three conference titles dating to their freshmen season in 2015-16.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will play host as the top overall seed in the 2018-19 NWC Tournament on Thursday, February 21, in Wheeler Sports Center for an opponent to be determined by tomorrow's final games of the regular season. There is currently a three-way tie for fourth place between Pacific Lutheran, Whitworth, and Linfield, as each stand at 7-8 in conference play.

Matney Jamieson, Haylee Hutzler, & Tavin Headings