Bruins cruise to a pair of road wins
After dropping its first Northwest Conference game of the season to Whitworth the previous weekend, the George Fox women's basketball team got back on track with comfortable road wins over Pacific and Lewis & Clark.
Buoyed by dominant perfomances in the first and third quarter, in which they combined to outscore the Boxers 47-17, the Bruins rolled to an 86-60 win at Pacific (3-13, 2-6 NWC) Friday night.
Tavin Headings led the offense, scoring 22 points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds, while the defense nabbed 17 steals among the Boxers' 25 turnovers.
GFU (14-3, 7-1) used a similarly stingy second-quarter effort, allowing six points, to pull away from Lewis & Clark Saturday night. That put the visitors up 38-17 at halftime and the Pioneers (9-8, 4-4) behind.
Haylee Hutzler and Haley Strowbridge each posted career highs by scoring 21 and 16 points, respectively.
The Bruins remain in second place and will host third-place Willamette at 6 p.m. Friday before rival Linfield comes to Newberg for a 4 p.m. contest Saturday.
George Fox will also host its annual Bruin FanFest event during the doubleheader versus the Wildcats. The family-friendly event will include a bounce house in the racquetball court, face paiting from GFU art students, a caricaturist, a photo booth, Ruby Jewell ice cream sandwiches and a special meal at the concessions stand.
Anyone wearing Bruin gear will receive free admission. For those without, signature Bruin T-shirts will be available for $5, which is still less than the regular admision price.
Several basketball alumni will also be honored during halftime of each game.
Pacific 105, George Fox 92 — The Bruins trailed 50-46 at halftime, but uncorked a 13-0 run to pull ahead 84-81 with 6:34, but the lead proved to be short-lived as the Boxers answered with nine consecutive points of their own Friday night.
Mason Green-Richards scored 26 points on 8-for-13 shooting, with Thomas Rico posting 23 and Ryan Lacey adding 22. Both teams got hot from the perimeter in the second half, each nailing eight of 14 three-point attempts.
Lewis & Clark 81, George Fox 78 — Rico tied the game at 78-78 with 41 seconds remaining, but the Bruins (5-12, 1-7 NWC) could not answer after Nick Lombardi hit a pair of free throws at the other end with 18 seconds left. Lacey and Rico each posted 20 points in the loss.