Feb 01, 2020

Quick Start Leads No. 19 Bruins to 71-53 Victory at Willamette

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

SALEM, Ore. --- The George Fox women's basketball team cruised to a 71-53 road win over Willamette in Salem on Saturday evening. With the victory, the Bruins extended their Northwest Conference win streak to four games after a perfect 2-0 on the weekend following Friday's win over Linfield. 

Recap

The Bruins have struggled recently to start fast offensively, but Saturday's game was no such showing as George Fox came out strong and played well through the first quarter to earn a 22-16 lead after a fast-paced first frame. The Bruins shot 52% from the field, led by Emily Holder's eight points to take the early advantage. 

Holder and the Bruins slowed a bit in the second quarter and maintained their six-point lead going into the locker room at a score of 35-29. Holder led all scorers with 12 points at the half, followed by Kylin Collman with eight. 

Fox didn't let up on the lead in the second half, playing strong defense and finding easy baskets, this time from Emily Spencer and Hailey Hartney, to extend the lead and finish off the win. The offense was incredibly consistent in the second half, as the Bruins shot 45% from the field and 75% from three-point range to keep the game out of reach for the Bearcats. 

Top Performers

The Bruins senior starters put on a vintage performance against Willamette, combining for 52 total points. Three starters reached double-figures, led by Holder with 16 while Collman scored 13 and Spencer added 11 in the game. Spencer also had a game-high four steals. 

What It Means

The Bruins are now 15-4 on the season and 7-3 in conference play. After a shaky start to the NWC season, GFU has begun to lock in for the second half of conference play riding a four-game hot streak. 

What Happens Next

The Bruins will host league-leader Pacific (Ore.) on Tuesday in Newberg. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m.