Whitworth Falls to #12 George Fox in Oregon

Whitworth Falls to #12 George Fox in Oregon

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

NEWBERG, Ore. – The 12th-ranked George Fox Bruins forced 32 turnovers en route to a 78-57 win over the Whitworth Pirates in Friday evening's Northwest Conference women's basketball contest.

Tavin Headings led the Bruins (12-2, 5-0) with 18 points on 8-12 shooting. Emily Spencer joined Headings in double figures with 12 points, 7 assists and 3 steals. 

Talia Brandner paced Whitworth (8-6, 3-2 NWC) with 13 points and 4 assists. Madison Abbott added 11 points and 3 blocks. 

The Bruins took control of the game with 6:40 remaining in the first quarter. After the Pirates took a 4-3 lead on a pair of layups from Abbott, George Fox went on a 17-0 run over the next 6:06. Headings led the Bruins with six points during the run. 

After taking a big early advantage, George Fox continued its strong play in opening minutes of the second quarter. Headings led the Bruins again, scoring 6 points in a 13-0 run that opened the period. 

George Fox entered halftime with a 39-14 lead, but the Pirates battled to a near-draw in the second half. Whitworth jump-started its offense in the third quarter with a pair of jumpers by Aimee Smith before getting a trio of three-pointers from Brandner and Camy Aguinaldo

After shooting well in the third quarter, Aguinaldo and Brandner maintained their strong performances in the fourth. Aguinaldo scored seven of the Bucs first nine points with a three-pointer and two layups. Brander followed the performance by scoring seven of the Pirates' final nine points on a three and two pull-up jumpers.

The Pirates finished the game shooting 38.3% (23-60) overall and 28.5% (6-21) from beyond the arc. George Fox shot 52.9% (27-51) from the floor and 41.7% (5-12) from three. 

Whitworth returns to action Saturday afternoon when it takes on Linfield at 4 p.m. in McMinnville, Ore.