NEWBERG, Ore. - The George Fox Bruins used a dominant third quarter and a game-high 17 points from Emily Spencer to defeat the Whitworth Pirates 82-58 on Friday evening in a Northwest Conference women's basketball contest.
Whitworth falls to 9-14 overall and 4-10 in the Northwest Conference. 21st-ranked George Fox is now 19-3 overall and 12-1 in NWC play.
The game opened with a sloppy first quarter. The two teams combined to turn the ball over 13 times in the period, which George Fox finished with a 13-11 lead.
Despite the turnovers, the Bruins began to make a run at the end of the first quarter. George Fox scored 15 unanswered points over the final 1:01 of the first quarter and first 3:10 of the second, finishing with a 26-11 lead. The Bucs stemmed the tide with a 7-0 run from Grace Douglas, Camy Aguinaldo and Madison Moffat and finished the half down eight points, 34-26.
Aguinaldo and Alli Kieckbusch led Whitworth with seven points each at the break. Haley Strowbridge was the top first half scorer for George Fox with eight points. The Bruins outrebounded the Bucs 26-17 in the first half.
George Fox extended its lead back out to 16 early in the third quarter. The Bruins opened the period on a 14-6 run and continued to build on its advantage, leading 65-43 at the end of the third. Emily Spencer keyed the 31-16 quarter with nine points and three assists.
Aguinaldo scored a team-high 13 points for Whitworth. She was followed by Douglas, who scored 11. Kaitlin Jamieson rounded out the double figure scorers with 13 points for George Fox.
The Bruins held the Bucs to 28% shooting from the field an 33% on three-pointers. Whitworth shot just 64% (18-28) from the free-throw line, an uncharacteristic performance from the best free-throw shooting team in the NWC. George Fox shot 44% overall and 32% from beyond the arc.
Up next, Whitworth returns home for its final weekend of the season. The Pirates square off with Linfield on Friday, Feb. 16 and battle Willamette on Saturday, Feb. 17.