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Whitworth Women Push No. 2 George Fox, Fall 82-72

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NEWBERG, Ore. – Pushing highly-ranked George Fox harder than any other Northwest Conference opponent this season, visiting Whitworth eventually fell to the Bruins 82-72 on Saturday night in Wheeler Sports Center.

George Fox, ranked 2nd by the WBCA and 3rd by D3hoops.com, improved to 15-0 overall and 6-0 in the NWC.  The Pirates dropped to 9-6, 4-2.

Whitworth got 26 points from KC McConnell, who was visibly hobbled by a leg injury throughout the second half after two hard falls in the opening period.  But the Pirates could not stop 6’-3” post Kaitlin Jamieson, who scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for GFU.

Whitworth took its only lead of the game early.  A Jessica Thoens three-pointer made it 5-1 Pirates two minutes into the game.  George Fox responded with a 13-4 run, taking a 14-9 lead on a three-pointer by Kaycee Creech.  The Bruins would not trail again, but never shook free of the Pirates either.

After Whitworth had closed to within 18-16 at the end of the first quarter on a McConnell jumper, Chloe Quinnett pulled Whitworth even with the first basket of the second period.  The Bruins stretched their lead out to 28-21 before McConnell hit a three-pointer and another jumper to get the Bucs back within 28-26.  GFU eventually took a 39-34 lead into halftime.

Whitworth shot 48% in the first half, but the Bruins made 56% of their shots.

George Fox gained its first double-digit lead of the game on Jamieson’s basket four minutes into the third quarter, increasing the lead to 52-41.  But Faith Emerson led Whitworth back to within 52-47, scoring four of the seven straight points.  The Bruins went back up by 11 points at the end of the third, leading 61-50.

Creech opened the fourth with another three-pointer, giving George Fox its largest lead of the game at 65-50.  But still the Pirates would not go away.  Emerson scored with 1:51 to go to get Whitworth back within 68-77.  The Bucs could only get as close as within eight points, however, and that was when Quinnett hit two free throws with 16 seconds to play for the final Pirate points of the game.

In addition to McConnell’s big night, Emerson scored 14 points and led the team with nine rebounds.  Jessica Thoens added 11 points and five assists and Quinnett finished with her career high of ten points.  The Pirates shot better in the second half than they did in the first, finishing the game 29-57 (51%) from the floor, including 7-15 (47%) from three-point range.

Jamieson’s final tally was a career high.  Justin Benner added 14 points and seven assists for GFU.  The Bruins were 29-55 (53%) from the field, including 6-15 (40%) from beyond the arc.  GFU forced 26 Whitworth turnovers with its full-court press, a season-high for the Pirates.

Whitworth will return to action next weekend, hosting Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound.

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