GFU sports round-up - George Fox rallies to beat Linfield before nixing Pacific Lutheran

George Fox head coach Michael Meek has been touting the strength of the Northwest Conference all season, imploring his team to take every opponent seriously, but it didn’t appear that his Bruins got the message in the first half Jan. 28 at seventh-place Linfield.

GFU destroyed the Wildcats 86-36 in their first meeting, but this time Linfield stayed with the No. 7-ranked Bruins, even taking a 29-27 lead at halftime.

The Wildcats eventually staked a 44-34 lead in the second half, but George Fox warmed up, peeling off a 22-6 run to take control of the game.

Jami Roos, who nailed a pair of triples during the run, later iced the game by hitting a pair of free throws with 20.5 seconds left in the contest.

Sophomore center Jordyn Peacock and Roos scored 12 points apiece to lead the offense, with Nicole Blizzard and Megan Arnoldy adding 11 and 10, respectively. The Bruins dominated the boards 52-35, led by Lauren Codling’s 10 rebounds.

“We just didn’t come with the right mindset to play,” Arnoldy said. “We definitely respect Linfield a lot. I think it was a little bit of a shock to us, but toward the end, we came together and did what we needed to do. I think the difference was just our energy at the end. It was a lot of fun at the end, but it took us a while to get there.”

The Bruins got off to a slow start again Saturday versus Pacific Lutheran, but needed far less time to right the ship.

George Fox shot 59.4 percent from the field to take a 48-29 lead at the break, then made 11 of its first 12 shots to start the second half.

The Bruins, who did not attempt a shot in their final few possessions while sitting on 99 points, finished with a 61.3 shooting percentage for the game, good enough for second all-time in school history.

“We switched to a zone press and it made a difference,” Arnoldy said. “We got a lot of steals there for a while and we were able to convert those. Once we get our energy going like that, it’s a lot easier to keep going. The bench support was super great.”

Arnoldy scored 14 points to lead the Bruins, who also got 10 points apiece from Justine Benner and Peacock, a duo that has combined to give GFU a strong inside presence this season.

“I think she’s just getting comfortable and it’s shown in how’s she’s played,” Arnoldy said of Peacock. “She’s just been going after the boards and playing defense. It’s the same with (Benner). This is her first year playing the four; she’s unstoppable when she gets going. She’s either going to make the bucket or get to the line. That’s huge for us.”

The Bruins (18-1, 9-1 NWC) remain one game behind league-leading Whitman ahead of a road trip Friday to Pacific and a home contest versus Lewis & Clark Saturday.

Indoor Track & Field

Ed Jacoby Invitational — Charity Arn established a new school record in the pentathlon, scoring 3,547 points to place third overall at the Boise State meet. The mark bested Beth Stam’s 3,387 set last winter. For the competition, Arn was second in the 60-meter hurdles (9.21), third in the long jump (17-8), third in the shot put (36-6.25), third in the 800 (2:28.66) and fifth in the high jump (5-1.75). In other top performances, Rachael Adkins placed second in the long jump (17-11), Ryan Braden finished runner-up in the men’s high jump (6-2.75) and Will Lawrence was second in the men’s 800 (1:55.58).

Men’s tennis

Seattle 7, George Fox 0 — The Division I Redhawks took all three doubles matches, which count for just one point in Division I scoring, then won five of six singles matches in straight sets. The lone exception came at No. 6, where Seattle’s Mitchell Miyashiro topped Connor Leahy 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-3).

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