George Fox whips Louisiana College
ORANGE, Calif. – Hannah Munger and Keisha Gordon each posted double-doubles and the George Fox University Bruins overcame a slow start to whip the Louisiana College Wildcats 63-47 and advance to the sectionals of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament Saturday at Chapman University’s Hutton Sports Center.
The Bruins, now 24-5 after their 13th consecutive win, will play in the sixth sectionals in their history against the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (27-2) in one of four four-team sectional tournaments next Friday at a site to be determined and announced on Sunday. The other two teams in the Bruins’ sectional will be Illinois Wesleyan University (25-4) and Coe College (26-3). Louisiana College’s season closes with a 25-4 record.
Munger recorded her 13th double-double of the season and 24th of her career with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Gordon tossed in 15 points and had 11 rebounds, her sixth double-double of the season and seventh of her career. The Bruins’ two All-Northwest Conference players had combined for 39 points Friday in a first-round win over Occidental College.
The game began as if no one wanted to score. The Wildcats missed 13 of their first 14 shots, but the Bruins could not take advantage of the misfires because they committed eight turnovers and got only five shots in the game’s first 7 minutes. LC finally got going when Kayla Guidry hit a 3-pointer and Roslyn Wilmer two 3s in a 12-2 outburst that gave the Wildcats a 14-6 lead with 9:32 left.
That was Louisiana College’s one and only threat, however, as the Bruins answered with a 13-0 run to go ahead 19-14 with 6:04 left, and they never trailed again. Hayley Cusick got the rally going with a steal and layup and a jumper, and Arianna Mohsenian drained two 3-pointers, the second capping the run. Another Cusick basket gave the Bruins their largest lead of the half at 29-18 before they settled for a 29-21 halftime lead.
The Bruins hit .500 (13-26) in the first half while holding the Wildcats to a .176 (6-34) percentage, and only 13 first-half turnovers prevented the margin from being even larger. LC three times got back within seven points early in the second half, but George Fox proved to be even hotter in the final 20 minutes, sinking 13-22 from the floor (.591) and getting 13 second-half points from Munger and 12 from Gordon to stay comfortably in front.
After two free shots by Tillisha Givens pulled the Wildcats within seven for the last time at 37-30 with 12:43 remaining, the Bruins exploded for a 14-2 run to make it 51-32 with 8:32 left, Gordon chalking up seven points in that span. A conventional three-point play by Munger with 3:58 to go gave the Bruins their largest lead of 20 points at 59-39, effectively sealing the deal.
In addition to their points and rebounds, Gordon set a new career high with nine assists, and Munger added two blocked shots. The Bruins finished with a .542 field goal percentage (26-48) while limiting the Wildcats to a .203 mark (25-74). George Fox held a 50-40 rebound advantage, but had to overcome 28 turnovers and a .444 percentage (8-18) from the free-throw line.
Louisiana College was led by Wilmer’s 16 points, a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds by Givens, and 10 points from Guidry. The Wildcats hit 13-17 free throws (.765), but were only 4-25 (.160) from 3-point range.