Feb 22, 2019

Bruins Host Blues For NWC Tournament Championship Game

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. 2-seed Whitman Blues Saturday, Feb. 23, at 5 pm for the championship game of the Northwest Conference Tournament.

Live Links:

Video | Live Stats

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

NWC Tournament History:

With the 76-49 victory over No. 4-seed Linfield on Thursday, the Bruins make their 10th NWC Tournament Championship game appearance. Of those 10 games in the championship, the Bruins have secured nine title victories (No tournament in the 2000 and 2005 seasons when the Bruins claimed the title). The Bruins lead the NWC in most Tournament appearances with 18.

The Bruins and Blues have met three times during the semifinal game, but this marks the first time the two will meet in the championship. The Bruins hold a 2-1 overall record over the Blues in the NWC semifinals.  

As the No. 2-seed, Whitman has secured 12 appearances in the NWC Tournament and three appearances in the championship game. The Blues are 1-2 in title games.

How The Teams Stack Up:

The Bruins and the Blues split the NWC series as each team traded wins on the road. In the first meeting, the Blues go the best of the Bruins in Newberg with a 73-54 victory. Maegen Martin and Makana Stone were incredibly efficient in that victory, as Martin and Stone both recorded double-doubles and shot over 50 percent from the field.

In the second meeting, the Bruins went up to Walla Walla with revenge on their mind. Junior guard Emily Spencer went 8-13 from the field to produce a team-high 20 points, six steals, and five assists.

The Bruins lead the NWC in fewest points allowed (56.6) while recording the second most points scored (74.3). The Blues, on the other hand, leads the NWC in most points scored (75.9) and are behind the Bruins in fewest points allowed (60.3). George Fox holds the advantage over Whitman in field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, rebounds per game, assists per game, and steals per game. The Blues lean on Mady Burdett, Stone and Martin to get things done on both sides of the ball. The trio accounts for 53 percent of the scoring on the 12-team roster.

What's At Stake:

The winner of Saturday's contest will earn the automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III Tournament and the NWC Tournament Championship Title. The first round of the NCAA Tournament is set for Friday, March 1, with locations, times and opponents to be named on Monday, Feb. 25, at 11:30 am (PST).