Jan 11, 2020

Bruins Knock Off Pacific Lutheran on the Road

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

TACOMA, Wash. --- The George Fox women's basketball team outlasted a tough Pacific Lutheran squad, 64-50, on the road on Saturday night in a Northwest Conference matchup. 

Recap

Both squads came out fast, and the Lutes led 20-15 after the first quarter. The game started to slow down in the second as the Bruins defense began to establish itself, and George Fox claimed the lead. Emily Holder led the Bruins with ten points going into the half as the Blue & Gold held a slim 34-33 lead heading into the locker room. 

The second half was all Bruin ball as George Fox continued to impose their will against an upset-minded Lutes squad. The Bruins were up 50-41 going into the fourth behind a strong defensive effort in the third. 

The Lutes tried to pull off a comeback in the final frame, but the Bruins were able to hold on for the 64-50 win.

Top Performers

Emily Spencer and Holder each had 14 points for the Bruins, and Hailey Hartney grabbed eight rebounds. Spencer and Kylin Collman dished out three assists apiece while Collman snagged a game-high three steals.

What It Means

The Bruins (10-3, 2-2 NWC), ranked No. 8 in the country, bounced back after a loss at Pacific (Ore.) earlier in the week. The victory improves them to 2-2 in NWC play and marks their tenth win of the year. 

What Happens Next

George Fox will take on Whitworth on Friday, Jan. 17 in Miller Gymnasium with tipoff at 6:00 p.m. Whitman will follow on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 4:00 pm.