George Fox outguns Bearcats, 60-39

SALEM — The best free throw shooting team in the Northwest Conference showed it isn’t too shabby from other spots on the court Friday as George Fox outgunned Willamette, 60-39, in a Northwest Conference women’s basketball game at Cone Field House.

The visiting Bruins (11-6, 6-2 NWC), who entered the game shooting 74.4 percent from the free throw line, shot 48.0 percent from the field to coast past the Bearcats (7-9, 1-6). GFU also shot an impressive 50.0 percent (5 for 10) from three-point range.

By comparison, Willamette shot just 28.8 percent from the field and made just one of 16 three-point shots.

George Fox was led by Liz Clark and Kim Leith, who each scored 10 points and combined to pull down 13 rebounds. Sarah Myhre came off the bench to grab eight caroms as the Bruins dominated the boards, too, 45-25.

The Bearcats stayed within reach the Bruins for about the first 30 minutes, thanks to full-court pressure that forced the visitors into several turnovers. WU trailed GFU 37-26 at the half.

Willamette got 10 points apiece from Rosie Contri and Simmie Muth. Deanna Lund added nine points and eight rebounds.

George Fox is idle Saturday, when Willamette travels to NWC-leading Pacific Lutheran.