Nov 23, 2019

Bruins Run Away With Statement Win Over Regals

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 Josh Nutter

NEWBERG --- The George Fox women's basketball team hosted the Regals of Cal Lutheran on Saturday evening in Wheeler gym in a non-conference tilt. The Bruins won the game going away with an 80-60 home victory.

Recap

The Bruins entered the game riding a four-game win streak thanks to hot shooting from outside the arc and composure at the free-throw line. Hailey Hartney and Emily Holder lead the Bruins in scoring at 13.8 points per game apiece.  Holder also leads the team in rebounds while Hartney is shooting a team-high 54.5% from three. George Fox entered the game scoring 73 points per contest.

The Bruins started off slow for the third straight game from the field but led from the jump with two administrative technical foul shots. Cal Lutheran brought lots of pressure early and created trouble for the GFU offense in the early going. George Fox did not make a field goal for the first four minutes of the game when Haley Strowbridge broke the ice with a deep three. The Bruins got to the line consistently early thanks to the Regals' aggressive, physical defense committing lots of early fouls. The Bruins picked up the pace and their shots began to fall while Cal Lutheran struggled from the field to take a 17-11 lead after one.

The Regals backed off the full-court press in the second quarter and the Bruins took advantage of the extra breathing room. George Fox started off the half on a 12-5 run to extend the lead to 29-16. Cal Lutheran responded by bringing the pressure again and the Bruins responded accordingly. Emily Spencer orchestrated the press break effectively to find Kaylee Bishop for an open three to go up 34-19. George Fox led 37-22 at the half.

Holder had 11 first half points while Hartney and Kylin Collman added five each. Spencer had five assists. The Bruins shot 44.4% from the field and looked to make some adjustments at the break.

The Bruins came out firing in the third quarter. George Fox hit eight quick points before the Regals responded with a three and then called a timeout. The stop in play slowed the Bruins to a screeching halt, they didn't make a field goal for the next three minutes and the Regals went on an 8-0 run of their own. The Bruins ultimately led 58-45 at the end of the third as Cal Lutheran narrowed the margin by two points.

George Fox closed things out in the final quarter. The Bruins extended the lead to over 20 points at various points throughout the frame to put the Regals away for good. George Fox came out shooting 7-9 from the field in. the first five minutes of the quarter to gain a 75-50 lead, the largest of the game, with five minutes remaining. The Bruins finished it off with an 80-60 final margin.

Top Performers

Holder led George Fox with a game-high 16 points and grabbed 10 boards for a double-double. Two other Bruins scored in double figures. Collman had eight of her 15 points in the fourth quarter to close out the game and Hartney added 13 on 75% shooting from three for the Bruins. Spencer had a game-high eight assists and three blocks.

What it Means

George Fox had one of its weakest shooting performances of the season at a meager 34% from three-point range and still came away with a 20-point win after finishing at +29 in the rebounds column on the stat sheet. This Bruins squad can win in multiple ways and showed it against the Regals. Fox continues to be excellent from the free throw line, shooting 14-for-20 in the contest.

What Happens Next

The Bruins will host Multnomah University on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6:00 pm in Miller Gymnasium.