Mar 02, 2019

Bruins Conclude Season In Second Round of NCAA Tournament

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

By: Jake Bienvenue

ST. LOUIS --- The No. 8-ranked George Fox women's basketball team took on No. 22-ranked Washington-St. Louis in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday, losing a hard-fought heartbreaker, 86-78.

Press Conference: 

Recap:

The game was competitive out of the gate, with the teams tied at five apiece after the opening minutes.

The Bears rattled off six straight to take an 11-5 lead with just under six minutes remaining in the quarter, but a three by Emily Holder set the Bruins back on course.

The sides battled back-and-forth in the final minutes of the first quarter, with the Bears holding a slight lead. Tavin Headings got it going before the end of the opening frame, scoring five quick points to set the score at 25-19 in favor of Washington-St. Louis. 

The Bruins had a hard time defending the opposition in the paint at the beginning of the second, as the Bears hit four quick shots around the basket in the opening minutes. They had it going from three, however, as Kylin Collman struck twice and Headings once from long range to cut the lead to just six, 38-32, with 5:21 left in the half.

Madison Hull sparked George Fox with an and-one layup and three ball, and then Cassidy Posey finished around the rim to tie the game at 40 apiece with just under four minutes remaining.

Washington-St. Louis finished the half with a 10-3 run, setting the score at 50-43 heading into the break.

The sides traded blows out of the gate and during the opening minutes. Haley Strowbridge found her range from deep, hitting a three-ball to cut the lead to just three, 57-54, with 4:49 left in the third quarter.

Emily Holder and Hailey Hartney combined for five quick points at the back end of the third to cut the lead to just two, but the Bears responded with a pair of shots to set the score at 65-69 heading into the final frame.

The Bruins did a better job shutting down the Bears' offense in the third quarter, holding Washington-St. Louis to just 15 points.

The fourth quarter was about as close as it could be, with everything on the line. The sides went bucket-for-bucket, trying to earn an advantage.

Headings and Holder did a lot of the damage for the Bruins, combining for 12 points in just over three minutes of play. Holder put the team on her back in the final frame, scoring eight points on 2-2 shooting from deep. With 4:22 left, George Fox trailed by just one, 74-73.

The Bears rattled off eight straight to jump ahead in the final minutes, taking an 82-73 lead with just over 30 seconds remaining.

The Bruins narrowly fell to their opponents, 86-78.

Top Performers:

Holder stuffed the stat sheet, tallying 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and three steals. She shot a scorching 3-4 from deep. Headings was close behind, pouring in 17 points. Hartney was the third Bruin in double-figures, scoring 10.

What It Means:

The Bruins finish the 2018-2019 season with a record of 25-4.