Nov 17, 2019

Bruins Notch Win Over UC Santa Cruz, 90-51

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)

By Joshua Nutter

NEWBERG --- The George Fox women's basketball squad hosted UC Santa Cruz on Sunday afternoon at Wheeler Gym, defeating the Banana Slugs 90-51. 


The Bruins were winners of two straight games heading into the nonconference match-up with the Slugs, who entered on a two-game losing streak. UCSC was led by sophomore forward Kaylee Murphy who averaged a double-double with 17.1 points and 10 rebounds per game coming into the contest. Senior Emily Holder entered the contest as the Bruins' most notable impact player, averaging 11.3 points and five rebounds per game and shooting 64 percent from the field. Hailey Hartney entered averaging 12.3 points per game and shooting 52.9 percent from three-point range. 

Holder got off to a hot start, posting 11 points in the first quarter to put the Bruins up 29-17 after the opening period. Haley Strowbridge also came out firing with an early three and had six points in the opening period for the Bruins. George Fox shot 66 perfect from outside the arc in the first to take solid control of the game early. The Bruins' frontcourt did an excellent job of controlling Murphy and stymying the Slugs' offensive game plan. 

The Bruins continued to stretch out the lead in the second quarter. By the end of the period, most of the GFU starters had headed to the bench and the Bruin reserves took over. Hartney remained on the floor to anchor the defense and provide a shooting spark alongside four underclassmen in Aubrey Baker, Cassidy Posey, Analisa Coronado, and Kaylee Bishop

At the half, the Bruins led 56-30. Holder had a game-high 13 followed by Kylin Collman with 10 points and a perfect 2-for-2 from three-point range. The Bruins were shooting an astonishing 87.5 percent from three in the first half to stay in front handily. 

The Bruins let off the pedal a bit in the third quarter but still managed to outscore the Slugs 20-7 in the period to hold a 76-37 lead. Holder and company opened the half, but after extending the lead to over 30 points, coach Michael Coppolino sat the starting group in favor of getting some younger Bruins on the floor. Four starters registered double-digits in less than three quarters. Collman had a team-high 14 on 80% shooting from outside, Holder added 12, while Strowbridge and Hartney each put up 11. 

The fourth quarter gave the Bruin reserves a chance to get game minutes. Save the starters, every healthy GFU player entered the game in the final period. George Fox stretched the game out to the final margin of 90-51. In all, 13 Bruins registered at least one bucket in the contest and the Blue & Gold held pat on the final frame. 

Top Performers

The Bruins' starters were extremely efficient on the night, combining for 56 of Fox's 90 points. Collman had a team-high 14 points thanks to her strong shooting. Off the bench, Aubrey Baker added eight second-half points to lead the reserves. Emily Spencer tallied three steals to go with a game-high five assists. 

What It Means

The Bruins shot an absurd 75 percent from three in the game on 12-for-16 from deep. The overall team shooting was 52.6 percent. George Fox also outrebounded the Slugs 48-21 and had 20 assists on 30 total field goals. The Bruins brilliance from the field was evident early and was far too much for the Slugs to handle to give George Fox a three-game winning streak in the early going of the 2019 season. The win won't likely mean much for the Bruins in the long run, but it serves as a decent measuring stick, UCSC faced the Bruins' NWC rival Willamette on Saturday and took the Bearcats to OT, so a win in dominant fashion proves that the Bruins could be very formidable in NWC play this season. 

What Happens Next

The Bruins will hope to extend their streak with another home contest against Chapman College this Friday, Nov. 22. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.