Feb 19, 2019

Bruins Host 'Cats For NWC Tournament Semifinal Game On Feb. 21

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)
 

NEWBERG --- The No. 11-ranked and No. 1-seed George Fox women's basketball team will host the No. 4-seed Linfield Wildcats Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 pm for the semifinal of the Northwest Conference Tournament.

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Ticket Prices:

Adults: $6
Children (12 and under): $3
Senior Citizens: $3
Students from participating institutions (With ID): FREE

 

NWC Tournament History:

With the 85-44 victory over Willamette on Feb. 15, the George Fox women's basketball team clinched its 13th NWC Championship Title. This marks the 18th appearance for George Fox in the NWC Tournament – which leads all NWC schools. It also marks the 10th time the Bruins have hosted the semifinal game in Wheeler Sports Center.  As for the Wildcats, this marks their third appearance in the NWC semifinal game and the first time the Bruins and Wildcats meet in the postseason. The last time Linfield made it to the NWC Tournament was in the 2006-07 season as the fourth seed.

How The Teams Stack Up:

The Bruins hold the advantage over the Wildcats after sweeping the NWC series on the season. In the first matchup, the Bruins hosted Linfield on Jan. 15 in a 95-61 victory. The second outing came on Linfield's home turf on Feb. 12 in an 83-66 final.

The top-ranked Bruins lead the NWC in fewest points allowed (56.9) while recording the second most points scored (74.2). They are the only team to average double-digit steals per game (15.7). The team is well rounded with 10 players averaging 10 or more minutes per game. The scoring is also spread out throughout the lineup with Tavin Headings, Emily Spencer, Emily Holder, Haylee Hutzler and Kylin Collman producing the largest chunk of the Bruin's points.

As for the Wildcats, they have the top two scorers in the league in Molly Danielson and Kory Oleson. Danielson recently joined the 1,000-point club and became the eighth Wildcat in Linfield women's basketball history to cross the 1,000-point career mark. She is sixth all-time with 1,003 points. In no surprise, Danielson and Oleson lead the Wildcats in almost every statistic while averaging over 30 minutes per game. The duo has combined for 55 percent of the Wildcats' scoring on the season.

What's At Stake:

The winner of Thursday's contest will face the winner of No. 2-seed Whitman and No. 3-seed Puget Sound Saturday, Feb. 23, with tipoff set for 7 pm. The home court advantage will go to the higher seed for the NWC Tournament Championship game. The winner of Saturday's game will earn the Northwest Conference Tournament Championship and secure the automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament.