Bruins lose twice on Minnesota road trip
After passing its first true test of the season at home versus Trinity, the George Fox women's basketball team took their show on the road with a two-game trek to Minnesota over Thanksgiving break.
The No. 12 Bruins were unable to replicate their success away from home, though, falling 68-64 to Bethel on Saturday and 64-57 to No. 7 St. Thomas on Sunday.
George Fox (2-2) trailed the Royals 52-51 entering the fourth quarter, but scored the first five points of the period. The lead didn't last, however, as Bethel went up 60-58 on a pair of free throws with 2:49 remaining and never relinquished the lead.
The Bruins missed their next five shots from the field and trailed 62-60 after an Emily Spencer free throw with 26 seconds remaining on the clock.
With George Fox forced into fouling, the Royals hit eight consecutive free throws from there to seal the result, although Julie Lichtfield did hit a three-pointer for the Bruins with two seconds remaining.
Senior forward Kaitlin Jamieson led GFU with 22 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks, but as a team, the Bruins went 10 for 19 at the free throw line. On the flip side, Bethel (3-1) went 26 for 29 at the charity stripe to help offset a poor shooting night (32.2 percent) from the floor.
George Fox appeared to have righted the ship after taking a 37-32 halftime lead over the Tommies, but went ice cold in the third quarter, making only one of its nine shot attempts.
St. Thomas (2-1) outscored the Bruins 18-3 in the third quarter to take a 50-40 lead, but George Fox scored the first nine points of the final period to pull within one point with 6:23 remaining.
GFU pulled ahead 55-54 on a Jamieson lay up with 3:55 to play, but the Tommies went on a 9-0 run from there to run away with the contest.
Jamieson scored 13 points and Tavin Headings had 11 for the Bruins, who travel to play Linfield (2-2) Friday and Willamette (3-2) Saturday to open the Northwest Conference season.