After a tough home loss to a talented No. 9 Whitman team, the No. 21 George Fox University women's basketball team picked up a pair of victories last week over Northwest Conference opponents. The Bruins (13-4, 5-3 Northwest Conference) beat Puget Sound 59-58 in a thriller on Friday before taking care of business against Lewis & Clark, 63-40, on Saturday.
The Bruins went into the half with Puget Sound leading 30-25. After three quarters, they led 51-44. But a late rally in the fourth by the road team led to a nervous final few minutes for GFU, one that almost resulted in a lead squandered.
But the Bruins' resolve prevailed in the final seconds as they escaped with a one-point win. They did so after Emily Spencer missed a pair of free throws with GFU up by just one, and the Loggers were unable to get off a potential game-winner with just four seconds remaining.
Kylin Collman led GFU with 19 points on the night, eclipsed only by Puget Sound's Jamie Lange, who had 20. The Bruins overcame a 36.1 shooting percentage and a 43-32 disadvantage on the boards to pull out a much-needed victory after a difficult home loss to Whitman the week prior.
The Lewis & Clark game was smooth sailing from the get-go – a contest that saw balanced scoring from the team and an excellent defensive effort.
GFU held Lewis & Clark to 28.6 percent shooting on the night and allowed just 40 points in a 23-point blowout win. Emily Holder led the team with 13 points and six rebounds, and GFU got the advantage early thanks to a strong first quarter that they won 16-8.
Next up on the schedule for the Bruins is a home game against rival Linfield on Friday, with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. in Newberg. After that, they head on the road Saturday to face Willamette – a team GFU lost to 50-45 back on Jan. 3.
Men take loss, pick up win
Following three consecutive losses, the GFU men's team made it four in a row with an 85-76 loss to Puget Sound on Friday. The Bruins (7-10, 3-5) bounced back with a much-needed win over Lewis & Clark on Saturday, 78-72.
The Puget Sound loss was the tale of two halves for GFU as the Bruins entered halftime up 46-39. The second half was all Loggers as they won the second stanza 46-30 en route to a nine-point victory.
GFU got 23 points and three assists from Ryan Lacey and Jourdan Joseph poured in 28 for the Bruins to go along with four assists. Both teams didn't shoot the ball terribly well, with Puget Sound amassing a 41.6 shooting percentage and GFU shooting 40.3 percent on the night.
Contributions off the bench led to the victory for GFU over Lewis & Clark, with a team-high 18 points coming from Zach Sly. GFU's bench scored 40 of its 78 points in the victory and the subs took advantage of forcing turnovers. The Bruins scored 22 points off turnovers in Saturday night's win.
GFU's men also take on Linfield this Friday, followed by a trip to Willamette on Saturday. Their game against Linfield tips off after the women's game on Friday in Newberg.
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