No. 23-ranked Bruin women earn a pair of wins over Whittier and Chapman as Northwest Conference play looms

Wheaton College took everything the Bruins could dish out last week in Newberg, coming away from Wheeler Sports Center with a hard-fought 86-81 win on Thursday.

The Bruins' early shooting woes plagued the team once again, with George Fox hitting 13 of 36 attempts in the first half. Although junior guard Mason Green-Richards scored five of the team's first seven points, the Thunder roared past the Bruins with an 11-2 run to grab an 18-9 lead.GARY ALLEN - Freshman guard Jackson Januik drives to the basket during the Bruin's 86-81 loss to Wheaton College Thursday at Wheeler Sports Center.

But the Bruins were unimpressed and junior forward Isaac Lee hit a three-pointer to give George Fox a 31-29 lead with about six minutes remaining in the half. Unfortunately for the Bruins, the Thunder responded once again, closing the half on a 17-2 run to take a 46-33 lead into the locker room.

Green-Richards started the second half hot, hitting a pair of free throws and a three-pointer to give the Bruins a 70-69 advantage. But Wheaton answered, hitting key shots to pull away in the third quarter. The Bruins got as close at 83-81, but the Thunder closed out the game at the free-throw line and earned the 86-81 road win.

Green-Richards was the top Bruin with 20 points and senior guard Thomas Rico finished with 15; Jonathan Douttt and sophomore guard Ryan Lacey each had 13 points.

The 4-6 Bruins will take on Trinity (Texas) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Wheel Sports Center.

George Fox women easily dispatch Whittier, scramble against Chapman

The No. 23-ranked George Fox women continued their rampage through the regular season Thursday with a 60-39 drubbing of Whittier on Thursday while toughing out a win versus Chapman on Friday.

The Bruin's trifecta of Haylee Hutzler, Hailey Hartney and Madison Hull provided the spark in Thursday's game against the Poets, combining for all of George Fox's 17 first-quarter points. The Bruin offense continued to steamroll Whittier in the second quarter and entered the half up 29-19.

Post Kaitlin Jamieson hit three quick shots to open the second half, then the Bruins held the Poets to seven points in the third quarter to extend its lead to 22 points.

Although Whittier came out firing in the fourth quarter, hitting seven straight points, it was too little too late for the Poets as the Bruins maintained their lead and finished with a 60-39 win.

Hutzler was the top performer with 14 points, including three three-pointers. Jamieson scored a quiet eight points, but maintained her dominance in the paint with 12 rebounds and six blocks.

The win over the Poets proved to be a mere warm-up for the Bruin's contest against a perennially tough Chapman the following evening.

George Fox came out strong in the first quarter, going on an 11-1 run. Chapman responded by hitting a couple of shots, but the Bruins continued the scoring onslaught and finished the first quarter with a 19-10 lead.

The Bruins maintained that lead in the second quarter, entering the locker room with a 37-24 lead at the half.

Chapman attempted a run to start the second half, cutting the Bruin lead to five points with six minutes remaining in the third quarter, but Haley Stowbridge would have none of it. The sophomore wing scored a quick five points to keep Chapman at bay.

Hutzler took over where Stowbridge left off in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 of the Bruins' 23 points in the period as George Fox finished off Chapman for a 75-63 win.

Hutzler proved to be the top performer on the night, scoring 17 points on six-of-nine shooting. Hartney chipped in 15 points, while Stowbridge was good for 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

The wins over Whittier and Chapman extended the Bruins' record to 8-2 on the season. George Fox will host Vancouver Island on Sunday at 4 p.m.

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