GFox Women Continue NWC Rampage

News Release Date:
Saturday, January 31

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The George Fox University women continued to rampage through the Northwest Conference with a 67-36 basketball victory over Whitman College Saturday afternoon in Newberg, Ore.

The Bruins, ranked No. 7 nationally, stayed unbeaten on the season, improving to 10-0 in the NWC and 19-0 overall. George Fox is one of only two undefeated teams left in NCAA Div. III.

Dawna Mello

Whitman, losing for the fourth time in its last five games, slipped to 5-5 in conference and 13-6 on the season. The Missionaries fell behind 20-4 in the first nine-plus minutes of Saturday's game and never recovered.

Down by as many as 26 points late in the first half, Whitman outscored George Fox 5-0 over the final five minutes to trail 34-13 at the break. Sophomore Jessica Brice canned a 3-pointer in the final seconds to cap an otherwise brutal 20 minutes of shooting for the Missionaries. They made just 21 percent of their first-half shots while the Bruins were 13 of 20 from the floor, which included a five-of-10 showing from the 3-point line.

Whitman played George Fox on even terms through the first eight minutes of the second half, trimming its deficit just a bit to 44-26. Sophomores Rebecca Sexton, Jenele Peterson and Anna Forge combined for 11 points during that early run to keep the Missionaries in the game. Sexton contributed five points, including a 3-point play in the paint, and Peterson connected from the 3-point line. 

Any hopes for a Whitman comeback, however, soon fell by the wayside as George Fox reeled off a 15-4 spurt to blow the game open.

Sexton, who finished with 10 points and four rebounds, was the only Missionary scoring in double figures. Forge added seven points, four boards and three assists.

Sage Indendi and Kristen Shielee scored 24 and 16 points, respectively, to power the Bruins.

The game bore little resemblence to the first meeting between the two schools in early January. Whitman led 24-18 at halftime, but George Fox rallied for a 62-51 win.

After having played its last four games on the road, Whitman looks ahead to playing four of its final six contests at home in Sherwood Center. The Missionaries host Linfield and Willamette next Friday and Saturday, with both games starting at 6 p.m.

Whitman heads to next weekend in a three-way tie for fourth place in the NWC. 

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.; (509) 527-5902