Fox Women Stay Perfect, Beat Whits in Semis

News Release Date:
Thursday, February 26

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- George Fox continued its unbeaten women's basketball season with an 85-47 thrashing of Whitman College in a Northwest Conference semifinal playoff game Thursday night in Newberg, Ore.

Michelle Krall

George Fox, now 26-0 on the season, jumped in front 10-0 in the opening minutes. The Bruins made eight of their first nine shots in building a 20-4 cushion and then closed out the first half with 53-26 lead. Whitman drew no closer than 26 points in the second half.

The loss dropped Whitman's overall record to 18-8 and in all likelihood put an end to an otherwise fine Missionary season. 

George Fox, the NWC regular season champion, hosts Puget Sound on Saturday with the winner of that game receiving an automatic berth in the NCAA Div. III national championship tournament.

Puget Sound advanced to the conference final by beating Pacific 71-53 tonight in Tacoma, Wash., raising its season record to 18-8.

If past years are any indication, a second team from the NWC should make the national tournament by way of an at-large berth. Assuming that the loser of Saturday's tournament final is first in line for that at-large berth, Whitman needs the NWC to get a second at-large berth for its season to continue.

An NCAA selection committee is set to fill out the national championship bracket on Sunday.

George Fox, tied for second in one national poll and third in another, canned 11 of 24 shots from the 3-point line and shot 50.8 percent from the floor overall. Whitman made just two of 16 attempts from long range on the way to a 35.7 percent shooting night.

Rebecca Sexton

Rebecca Sexton led Whitman in scoring with nine points. Michelle Krall, who was four of seven from the floor, added eight points and seven rebounds.

Anna Forge and Jennifer Keyes came of the bench to contribute eight points apiece. Forge made four of six shots and pulled down five rebounds. Keyes also collected three assists and three steals. Hilary White had seven points for the Missionaries. 

Keisha Gordon canned four of seven shots from the 3-point arc and paced George Fox with 20 points. Sage Indendi made all three of her 3-pointers and was good for 13 points. Kristen Shielee combined 12 points with seven rebounds and three blocked shots for the Bruins.

George Fox outrebounded Whitman 39-33 and forced the Missionaries into 20 turnovers.

This season's first meeting between Whitman and George Fox came in early January in Walla Walla. Whitman led 24-18 at halftime, but the Bruins stormed back in the second half for a 62-51 victory. The Missionaries trailed 47-43 with five minutes left in the game before George Fox scored 12 of its last 15 points from the free throw line to put the game away.

Game two between the two clubs, which took place in late January in Newberg, wasn't much of a rematch. Losing for the fourth time in five games, Whitman fell behind 20-4 to start the game and never recovered as the Bruins cruised to a 67-36 triumph. 

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