Dec 28, 2019

No. 9 Bruins Knock Off No. 2 Scranton, 54-44

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)
 

LAS VEGAS, Nevada --- The George Fox women's basketball team pulled off an upset of the No. 2 Scranton Lady Royals in their first matchup of the D3hoop.com Classic in Las Vegas. The Bruins dealt Scranton their first loss of the season with the 54-44 victory at South Point Arena.

Recap

The Blue & Gold's incredible first-quarter performance carried the Bruins through the next three quarters, outscoring their opponent 24-9. Haley Strowbridge set the tone with Fox's first points off an under the basket layup. The Bruins would hold the Lady Royals scoreless into the fourth minute with a 4-0 run. Kaylee Bishop, Kylin Collman, and Strowbridge took turns draining threes as the Bruins jumped out to a 16-6 lead with under five to go in the first. 

Strowbridge followed suit once more, nailing a trey from the right wing to end the opening quarter. The senior finished the period with nine points on 3-3 shooting, including two from the outside, and a 1-2 performance at the charity stripe.

Neither team was able to score in the early minutes of the second quarter and both struggled to take care of the ball. Two threes brought the Lady Royals back within striking distance and Scranton would come within seven at the five-minute mark. Hailey Hartney sunk her first three of the evening before Strowbridge and Collman each used perfect 2-for-2 trips to the line to secure the 34-22 lead entering intermission.

All statistical categories were in Fox's favor heading into the back half of the contest, shutting down Scranton's offense in the first two periods. The Bruins held a 10 percent shooting advantage over the Lady Royals and were able to get to the line on 14 more occasions.

The Lady Royals picked up the pace coming out of the break and used their adjustment from zone to man-to-man defense to cut the Bruins' lead to five.

A wonderful steal from Strowbridge allowed Hartney to drain a three to start building a buffer back up with 2:26 to go in the third. Strowbridge sealed the 43-34 lead with a stepback jumper as the Bruins proved able to withstand the Lady Royal's third-quarter run, and their opponent struggled to use it to their advantage.

The Bruin's offense cooled down in fourth, facing difficulties from the floor. Though Fox was not winning the game from beyond the arc, the Lady Royals suffered greatly from the outside, connecting on just three of their 23 attempts and zero in the second half.

With under a minute to go, Strowbridge forced a turnover and used a fast break to increase the Bruins' lead to 10 and seal the 54-44 victory. Strowbridge scored the final points in all but one period.

In the end, Fox was solid on shutting down Scranton and prevented the offense from fully clicking. The Bruins made big shots they needed and never let the Lady Royals come closer than five after the opening minutes.

Top Performers

Strowbridge fell just short of a double-double after heating up early and staying clutch throughout the game. The Washington native scored a game-high 17 points on 6-12 shooting while grabbing a game-high nine rebounds. Emily Holder and Collman each scored nine apiece and Hartney grabbed seven boards.

What It Means

The win improves the Bruins to 7-1 on the season and marks its first win over a ranked opponent this year.

What Happens Next

The Bruins will remain at D3hoops.com Classic to face the University of New England on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. The Nor'Easters come in with an overall record of 8-2.