DIII womens basketball — George Fox stampedes Corban and Linfield to remain unbeaten on the young season

Rising to No. 12 in the D3hoops NCAA Division III national poll, George Fox demonstrated why it is among the best teams in the nation by dismantling Corban and Linfield last week.

The Bruins travelled to take on the Warriors Dec. 3, swarming their NAIA opponents en route to a 66-36 win.

Junior sharpshooter Jami Roos saw her first action of the season after suffering a sprained ankle, helping GFU to open up an early 14-6 lead and take a 36-20 advantage into halftime.

An 8-1 run to open the second half put the game out of reach and the Bruins defense did the rest, holding the Warriors to 28.3 percent shooting from the field, including a 2-for-16 performance on three-pointers.

George Fox wasn’t exactly shooting the lights out, making just 36.4 of its shots, but took 14 more in the game, hitting eight triples and forcing 20 turnovers. by: SETH GORDON - Tear drop - Nicole Blizzard lifts a shot over a Linfield defender during George Fox's 86-36 blowout win Saturday at Miller Gym. Blizzard finished with three points, two assists and a block.

Hayley Cusick and Justine Benner, who has emerged as a consistent scoring threat in her second year on the team, led the way with 13 points apiece. Dacia Heckendorf hit four triples to finish with 12 points and Roos finished her season debut with six points in 19 minutes.

George Fox also crushed the Warriors 47-31 on the glass, with sophomore New Mexico transfer Jordyn Peacock, Heckendorf and junior Chemeketa Community College transfer Lauren Codling grabbing five rebounds apiece.

The Bruins limited their opponents to just 36 points for the second consecutive game Saturday against Linfield, but the offense was also running in high gear to earn a 50-point win 86-36 at Miller Gym.

Ranked No. 18 by a recent USA Today/ ESPN/WBCA poll, George Fox dominated the final 10 minutes of the first half to stake a 42-18 lead at halftime, thanks in part to 11 points from Benner and 10 from Roos.

Led by senior Megan Arnoldy, the Bruins were deadly from three-point range, hitting 11 of 19 attempts for the game. Arnoldy went 3-for-5 and finished with a game-high 16 points in just 20 minutes on the court.

“They left us open on the outside I think because we have really strong post play,” Cusick said. “Teams are going to start to try to take that away, so it helps to have really good outside shooters.”

Benner had a game-high seven rebounds as GFU enjoyed a 48-25 edge in rebounding, as head coach Michael Meek got 17 different players in the game, 15 who scored.

The Bruins (6-0) are off for two weeks before hosting UC-Santa Cruz Dec. 21.

“It’s nice to start off this way, being successful, but we’re nowhere near where we’re going to need to be by the end of the season to be in the NCAA tournament and to win that national championship,” Cusick said. “But we’ll get there.”

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