HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Wheaton College women's basketball team fell to nationally ranked George Fox University, 87-50, in game two of the Hoop-n-Surf Classic Tournament inside McKinley High School Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
George Fox, ranked No. 11 in the D3hoops.com rankings and No. 12 overall in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/USA Today Division III national poll, remains undefeated improving to 8-0 on the season with today's win, while Wheaton drops to 5-4 on the year.
Junior forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) paced the Lyons with 16 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Senior Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) contributed ten points, three rebounds and two assists, while classmates Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) and Kenzie Kuhn (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs) each scored six points.
George Fox junior guard Justine Benner (Naches, Wash./Naches Valley) led all scorers 20 points on 8-for-13 from the field and a 4-for-7 showing from the free throw line alongside seven rebounds, four steals and two assists. Sophomore forward Kylie Dummer (Beaverton, Ore./Southridge) contributed 17 points, which included a perfect 5-for-5 performance from long range. Senior forward Lauren Codling (Sherwood, Ore./Sherwood) had 14 points, seven rebounds and a game-high five steals. Junior Kyla Miner (Albany, Ore./South Albany) notched nine points and one rebound.
Shoemaker and Pierce opened the game early for the Blue and White with a layup and a three-point shot, respectively, to give the Lyons a quick 5-3 lead. The Bruins proceeded to go on a 27-5 run over the next 9:04 to burst the game open, 30-10. Senior guard Jami Morris (Salem, Ore./Sprague) and Codling each tallied six points during the opening spurt. Senior guard Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary's) ended the first half on a positive note for the Blue and White as she drained a shot from behind the arc.
George Fox opened its largest lead of the contest to as many as 40 points (80-40) with 9:01 remaining in the second half. The Lyons climbed back in the game with a 10-7 run receiving a layup from sophomore guard Sarah Caron (Boothbay Harbor, Maine/Boothbay Region) as well as a layup and a pair of free throws from Shoemaker and Brickley, respectively, over the final nine minutes to close out the game, 87-50.
Wheaton held a 13-12 advantage in assists and an 11-10 margin in second chance points, while George Fox held a 37-30 gap in rebounds and a 40-26 differential in points in the paint. George Fox shot 52.4-percent (33-for-63) from the field, 57.9-percent (11-for-19) from thee-point territory and 62.5-percent (10-for-16) from the the free throw line. The Blue and White shot 36.2-percent (21-for-58) from the field, 20.8-percent (5-for-24) from beyond the arc and 75.0-percent (3-for-4) from the charity stripe.
Wheaton (5-4) will resume action on December 30 at 6 p.m. when the Lyons travel to Roger Williams for their last contest of 2014. George Fox (8-0) will take on Lake Forest tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. (HST) in game four of the Hoop-n-Surf Classic.