Mar 01, 2019

Bruins Secure First Round Victory Over Greenville

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)
 

Photo by: Danny Reise/WUSTL Photos

By: Jake Bienvenue

ST. LOUIS --- The No. 8-ranked George Fox women's basketball team made a statement on Friday's opening round of the NCAA tournament, routing Greenville University by a margin of 85-53.

Press Conference:

Recap:

Hailey Hartney had it going early, scoring all five of the Bruins' first points. Hartney's second bucket was from distance, and George Fox caught the long range bug from there. The team hit four straight threes in the first five minutes to take a commanding 14-5 lead.

The Bruins did not slow down, going on a 9-3 run, every bucket of which was assisted on. The effort pushed the lead to 15 with 2:41 left in the opening quarter.

The Panthers rattled off a 10-0 run to cut the lead to just five, but the Bruins put three more points on the board to set the score at 26-18 heading into the second.

George Fox had a monster first quarter, shooting a scorching 5-7 from deep while racking up eight assists and six steals. Hartney led the way after one with nine points, shooting a perfect 3-3 from the field. Tavin Headings was close behind, scoring seven points without missing a shot.

Headings caught fire at the beginning of the second quarter, hitting back-to-back threes and a layup for eight unanswered points in just over ninety seconds.

The Bruins were unstoppable during the meat of the second frame. They held the Panthers to just two points in the opening five minutes while finding the bottom of the net at will.

Down 25-5, the Panthers rattled off a 15-5 run to finish the second quarter, helping keep the game competitive. Even so, the Bruins held the lead at the halftime break, 50-35.

Headings was unstoppable in the first half, scoring 21 points—including 14 in the second quarter—to help power the Bruins to their double-digit lead.

The beginning of the third quarter was slow for both teams, as Headings finally scored the first bucket after three minutes.

The George Fox defense was lockdown in the third quarter, holding Greenville to just five points while dropping 22 of its own. Three Bruins scored five points in the period, as Hartney, Kylin Collman and Headings powered the team to a huge 72-40 lead heading into the final period.

The Panthers started off the fourth quarter hot, scoring 12 points to the Bruins' five. It was not enough, though. The Bruins got buckets and executed down the stretch, securing an 85-53 win to survive and advance. They shot an unbelievable 52% from long range in the contest.

"The team played great tonight," said head coach Michael Meek. "We dealt with a couple runs that Greenville gave us and did a lot of things at a high level. We know every night will be different and need to work through some things, but overall I'm excited to continue to coach this team for another game. We can't thank the support back home enough." 

Top Performers:

Headings could not be stopped, setting her career-high in points with 28. She shot a scorching 10-13 from the field and 5-8 from deep. Hartney tied her career-high with 17 points on 5-6 shooting from the field and 2-3 from deep to go along with five rebounds, two assists, and three steals. Madison Hull was a maestro, dishing out a career-high eight assists. 

What It Means:

The Bruins showed out in their 15th NCAA tourney appearance, moving to 25-3 on the season after their first-round victory.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will face the tournament host No. 22 Wash-U on Saturday, Mar. 3, at 5 pm (PST) for the second round.