Bruins Down Women, Keep Streak Alive
News Release Date:
Friday, January 8
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Defending NCAA DIII national champion George Fox ran its Northwest Conference regular season winning streak to 22 games with a 60-49 victory over Whitman College Friday night on George Ball Court in Sherwood Center.
The Bruins, who waltzed through a 32-0 Cinderalla campaign a year ago, is 3-0 to start the NWC season and 10-2 overall.
Whitman, its roster depleted by injuries that have sidelined or hampered a handful of players, slipped to 1-2 in conference and 6-6 overall.
Keisha Gordon paced the Bruins with 18 points, five rebounds and three steals. Breezy Rinehart-Young added 10 points and Elize Kuenzi chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds.
Rebecca Sexton, Whitman's 6-foot-3 junior post, led all scorers with 21 points. She hit all 11 of her free throws, was five of 10 from the floor, grabbed five rebounds and blocked three shots.
Senior Hilary White nailed four 3-pointers for the Missionaries and finished with 14 points and four rebounds. Michelle Krall, also a senior, tallied just two points but contributed seven rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals.
Down 26-16 at halftime, Whitman twice rallied to within five points over the first nine minutes of the second stanza, the second time when White drilled a 3-pointer to cut the George Fox lead to 40-35 with 10:48 left to play.
But with B.B. Garder hitting a pair of 3-pointers and Arianna Mohsenian knocking down a third, the Bruins jumped their lead back to double digits at 51-41 with less than six minutes remaining.
Whitman shot just under 28 percent from the floor for the night while the Bruins were hitting 40 percent of their field goal attempts. The two sides battled to a virtual standoff on the backboards with George Fox having a slight 37-36 edge.
Whitman's only lead of the night came early in the first half when senior Dawna Mello canned a 3-pointer for a 5-4 Missionary advantage.
George Fox surged ahead with a 13-3 run over the next seven minutes, but Whitman countered with a 9-1 spurt to close to within 18-16 with four minutes left in the opening half. The mini-Missionary rally included White's 3-pointer and Sexton's 3-point play in the paint.
The Bruins regained command by outscoring Whitman 8-0 to close out the half.
The last George Fox regular season loss to an NWC opponent came near the end of the 2007-08 campaign. The Bruins travels to Spokane on Saturday to play Whitworth at 6 p.m.Whitman stays at home Saturday to host Pacific University at 6 p.m. in Sherwood Center.
- 30 -CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org