Bruins clamp down to beat Banana Slugs at home
Powered by an 11-2 run to start the game, University of California-Santa Cruz put the George Fox women's basketball team on its heels early and jumped out to a 21-12 lead after one quarter Saturday at Miller Gymnasium.
The Bruins took the wake-up call to heart, especially on the defensive end, and held the Banana Slugs to 30 points for the rest of the game to pull away for a 65-51 nonconference victory.
The turnaround began in the second quarter as George Fox (5-2) held UC-Santa Cruz to a more respectable 11 points.
The Bruins didn't quite get on track offensively themselves either, managing just 13 points of their own to enter the half down 32-24.
Things tightened up quickly thanks to a pair of three-pointers by Emily Spencer and Tavin Headings at the start of the third quarter.
George Fox took its first lead at 41-39 late in the third quarter, but didn't gain separation until opening the fourth on a 9-3 run to go up 53-45 with 6:33 to play.
The Bruins ripped off six consecutive points over the next three minutes, thanks to consecutive buckets from Headings, Hailey Hartney and Kaitlin Jamieson, to push the score to 59-47.
George Fox got a pair of layups and two free throws from Kylin Collman the rest of the way to put the game to bed.
Spencer paced the Bruins with 11 points and five steals, but was the only GFU player to score in double figures. Headings, Collman and Emily Holder and Haley Strowbridge all finished with eight points apiece, with three other players registering six points each.
George Fox wasn't exactly sharp offensively, turning the ball over 19 times, but did force UC-Santa Cruz (2-5) into 28 turnovers. Neither team shot the ball particularly well, as neither eclipsed 38 percent shooting from the floor, though the Bruins did make 16 of 21 free throw attempts.
George Fox will be off until Dec. 18, when it will host Augustana (Illinois) in a 4 p.m. contest.