Nov 09, 2019

Women’s Basketball Drops Season Opener at Trinity

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)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas --- The George Fox women's basketball team was defeated in its 2019-20 season opener on Saturday evening, dropping a 74-55 decision to Trinity at the Together Tigers Invitational.


Fox got hot in the final minutes and was able to cut a 29-point lead to 19, but the Bruins were unable to overcome offensive struggles and a taxing 25 turnovers.

A successful trip to the charity stripe for senior Emily Holder put the Bruins up 2-0 right off the bat, but the Tigers used quick transitioning and hot shooting from three-point land to hold a 19-10 lead after the first.

Bruins went on to best themselves in the following three periods, cutting their opponents shooting advantage in the second and third quarters and outshooting the Tigers 17-15 in the final stanza.

Freshman Kaylee Bishop drained a three at the 6:58 minute mark, and both squads swapped points over the next few minutes before the Tigers heated up once more. The Bruins shut down an 8-2 run with six unanswered points of their own, including two back-to-back layups from senior Emily Spencer.

In the first half, Fox earned nine trips to the free-throw line compared to Trinity's two but put up a 10-for-18 rate while shooting 41.2 percent from the field. The Bruins would clean it up in the second, sinking seven of their ten attempts at the stripe.

Trinity slowly distanced themselves from GFU in the third quarter, using back-to-back treys from Ashlyn Milton to lead Fox by as many as 23 points. The slow burn continued into the fourth with a 9-0 run as the Tigers reached their largest lead of the game at 70-41.

The Blue & Gold refused to go down without a fight and shut it down in the final five minutes of regulation. The Bruins began to claw their way out, beginning with a layup from sophomore Cassidy Posey. Fox would use a 7-for-11 performance at the free-throw line to come within 19 points of the Tigers before the 74-55 score went final.

Top Performers

Holder led the Bruins with 14 points (4-5), including a 6-for-9 effort at the line, to go along with six boards and two assists. Spencer scored 12 points and dished out four assists.

What It Means

The Blue & Gold suffered their first loss of the season to begin the 2019-20 campaign at 0-1.

What Comes Next

The Bruins conclude Texas Tournament action tomorrow afternoon when they tip-off at 2 p.m. against East Texas Baptist.