No. 3 George Fox escapes with win
Munger plays strong with double-double and seven blocks
NEWBERG, Ore. -- No. 3 George Fox captured a hard-fought 68-63 victory against No. 10 Lewis & Clark in a battle of unbeaten teams on Tuesday.
George Fox remained undefeated at 12-0. The Bruins also moved into sole possession of first place in the conference at 3-0, breaking a three-way tie with Lewis & Clark and Puget Sound. The Pios slipped to 12-1 overall and 2-1 in the NWC.
Lewis & Clark jumped out to a 4-0 lead on short jumpers by Sara Villanueva and Kristina Williams before the Bruins got 3-pointers from Keisha Gordon and Arianna Mohsenian to tie the score at 6-6.
Two free throws and a layup by Neva Hauser and a basket by Daron Dean gave the Pios a 12-6 lead, but the Bruins responded with an 8-0 run featuring two free throws off a technical foul and a three by Jami Roos to take a lead for the first time at 14-12 midway through the period.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 2 Chicago 67, Lutheran 46|
|No. 3 George Fox 68, No. 10 Lewis & Clark 63|
Williams hit a pair of threes as L&C regained the lead, 15-14 and then tied it 18-18 with 8:04 left. After an exchange of baskets, a trey by Dacia Heckendorf, a jumper by Mohsenian and a layup by Hannah Munger gave the Bruins their largest lead at 27-20.
The Bruins were still up seven at 32-25 after a Mohsenian three with a minute left, but Villanueva hit a jumper and two free throws to make it 32-29 with 21 seconds to go.
A three by Roos with eight seconds left boosted the Bruins back up 35-29, but the Pios scored on a fast break at the buzzer by Margaret Dowling that made it 35-31, and drew a technical on GFU coach Michael Meek for arguing that she traveled.
The free throws were assessed at the start of the second half, and Villanueva hit them both. Megan Spence then scored on a back-door layup for a 35-35 tie. The Pios got back-to-back threes by Dowling and Hauser to take a 43-39 lead, but the Bruins regained the lead on a drive and a three by Gordon.
A 11-2 run over the next four minutes gave the Pios their largest lead, 54-46 with 12:28 left.
George Fox struck back with a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to go ahead 59-54. A three by Dean ended the run, and Villanueva pulled tied the game again with a drive to the hoop. Gordon put the Bruins back in front with a back-door score at 4:49, then finished off a traditional three-point play for a 66-61 lead.
Both teams began to struggle, L&C turned the ball over frequently and missed shots, but the Bruins failed to take advantage by missing free throws. Myers made one with 39 seconds left before Spence got a put-back score with 11 seconds to go, and Gordon added a free throw.
Gordon and Munger both posted double-doubles for the Bruins (18 points,11 boards and 12 points, 11 boards respectively). Gordon also handed out a game-high six assists and Munger blocked seven shots. Roos chipped in with 10 points and Hayley Cusick made four steals, three in the final five minutes.
Williams paced the Pios with 16 points and Villanueva added 10. Spence was the L&C leader on the glass with five rebounds and also picked up five steals.