Feb 25, 2019

No. 8 Bruins Head To St. Louis For NCAA First Round

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)
 

ST LOUIS --- The No. 8-ranked George Fox women's basketball team (24-3) will head to St. Louis, Missouri, for the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball National Tournament, where the Bruins will face Greenville University (23-4) in the first round on Friday, March 1 at 3:00 pm (PST).

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Ticket prices for adults will cost $7 and $5 for seniors, students and youth. 

Schedule

Friday, March 1

George Fox (H) vs. Greenville (V) – 3:00 pm (PST)

Wash U (H) vs. UW-Whitewater (V) – 5:00 pm (PST)

Saturday, March 2

Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner – 5:00 pm (PST)

The Pod

No. 22-ranked Washington University in St. Louis will host the four-team pod for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. George Fox, Wash U, and Greenville all earned the automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament, while UW-Whitewater grabbed an at-large berth.

George Fox (24-3) enters the four-team pod as the only team ranked inside the Top-10 at No. 8, according to D3hooops.com. The Bruins are on a 12-game winning streak after capturing their 13th Northwest Conference Championship and securing their 15th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 19 seasons. NWC Coach of the Year, Michael Meek, will make his eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in his nine seasons at the helm of the program. The Bruins rely on a mixture of talent but are led by Emily Spencer, Tavin Headings, and Hailey Hartney. The trio was recently named to the All-NWC Team. Emily Holder, Kylin Collman, Haylee Hutzler, Haley Strowbridge, and Madison Hull round out the leadership, averaging 15-plus minutes a game.

Wash U (19-6) earned its 30th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament after beating No. 22 Chicago, 67-52, to claim the University Athletic Association (UAA) Title. This marks the fourth time in the last decade the Bears will host the NCAA first and second rounds. The Bears are led by 6-2 forward Madeline Homoly, who averages a team-high in points per game (16.5), rebounds per game (7.2), steals (31) and field goal percentage (54.6).

UW-Whitewater (18-9) claims its 18th NCAA Tournament appearance in the program's history. This marks the 11th time in the last 12 years the Warhawks have made their way into the NCAA Tournament. The Warhawks made it to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship (WIAC) but fell to UW-Oshkosh, 69-40. Emily Schumacher and Olivia Freckmann are the two biggest contributors to the Warhawks. Freckmann averages a near double-double with 10.9ppg and 9.3rbg.

Greenville (23-4) will make its second NCAA Tournament appearance in the program's history. The Panthers claimed not only the regular season championship but also topped Spalding, 72-66, in the championship game of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC). The Panthers are no stranger to making the trek to Wash U, as the first time the Panthers made the NCAA Tournament in 2015-16; they met Wash U in the first round.

The Matchup

George Fox (24-3) v. Greenville (23-4)

74.0 – Points per game – 75.3

43.2 – Field goal percentage – 43.8

32.9 – 3-point percentage – 34.0

68.1 – Free throw percentage – 69.1

35.4 – Rebounds per game – 42.1

13.1 – Assists per game – 18.8

15.8 – Steals per game – 11.7

56.4 – Points per game allowed – 58.2

On paper, the Bruins and the Panthers matchup pretty even. Both teams suffered one conference loss on the season, but exacted revenge upon that conference opponent in their respective conference championship games. The Panthers are always looking for that extra pass, as they rank No. 6 in the country in assists per game (18.8). Brittany Lopez, Lauren Eagleson, and Jantzen Michael all average 2.5-plus assists per game. The Bruins, on the other hand, rank at No. 5 in the country in steals per game (15.8). Spencer leads the Bruins with a team-high 102 steals on the season – ranking her at No. 7 in the country with an average of 3.78 steals per contest.

This marks the first meeting between George Fox and Greenville in postseason play.

To view the entire NCAA bracket, click here.