Business as usual for the Bruins
The George Fox women's basketball team got back into the swing of Northwest Conference play over the weekend, cruising to wins over Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran Friday and Saturday at Miller Gymnasium.
The Bruins opened the weekend with an 82-57 victory over the Loggers, controlling just about every aspect of play from beginning to end.
George Fox scored at least 20 points in all four quarters and limited UPS (6-7, 1-3 NWC) to 13 or fewer for the first three.
Reserve Kylin Collman scored all 10 of her points in the first quarter and the Bruins forced nine turnovers to establish a 20-13 lead. The second period looked quite similar, except that it was fellow reserve Madison Hull who led the way, scoring seven points in the quarter as GFU took a 41-25 lead into halftime.
The Bruins led by as many as 30 early in the fourth quarter and had four players score in double figures, led by Hull's 13. Center Kaitlin Jamieson led the starters with 11 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, while the George Fox bench outscored Puget Sound's reserves 48-20.
Although a bit closer at the onset, Saturday's contest against Pacific Lutheran produced a similar result with the Bruins coasting to a 73-59 win.
George Fox led 18-17 after one quarter, but exploded for 26 points and limited the Lutes to just 11 to stake a 44-28 halftime lead.
Collman paced the Bruins with 13 points off the bench and starter Emily Spencer added 12 points, four steals and three assists.
The Bruins forced 29 turnovers for the game and dished out 18 assists on offense.
The weekend sweep keeps George Fox (11-2, 4-0) level with Whitman (12-1, 4-0) at the top of the conference standings ahead of this weekend's road trip to eastern Washington. The Bruins will open the trip with a showdown versus the No. 6 Blues at 6 p.m. Friday, with a 4 p.m. contest at Whitworth scheduled for Saturday.
Puget Sound 108, George Fox 96 — The Loggers (9-3, 2-2) sank nine three-pointers in the first half to establish a 58-37 lead by halftime and held off a charge from the Bruins in the second half. Thomas Rico led George Fox with 24 points.
Pacific Lutheran 91, George Fox 90 — The Bruins (5-8, 1-3) erased an eight-point halftime deficit and took a 90-89 lead thanks to a pair of Ryan Lacey free throws with 15 seconds remaining, but Zac Webb answered with two of his own from the charity stripe at the other end with five seconds to go to lift PLU (4-8, 1-3) to the win Saturday night.