In a battle of the unbeatens, the University of Mary Washington women's basketball team was unable to find a hot shooting hand Saturday night and lost in the Elite 8 of the Division III tournament 68-45 to George Fox University.
George Fox led the entire game and overpowered the Lady Eagles at times, led by center Hannah Munger's 19 points on 9-12 shooting, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots. The third-ranked Bruins shot an incredible 53.1 percent from the field to seventh-ranked UMW's 32.7 percent, which was the difference in the game. They also outrebounded UMW 35-28.
UMW seniors Katie Wimmer and Jenna McRae both scored 12 points to lead the team, but no other player cracked the double-digit mark for UMW. The Lady Eagles end the season with a record of 30-1 and CAC Champions.
The Bruins went on several runs, including an 11-point run in just two minutes, and led at halftime 31-21. The Bruins came out hotter in the second half, making four of eight three-point shots (10-19 overall) and led by 15 points with about half of the game left. UMW did cut the lead down to double-digits one time with about nine minutes left in the game, but the Bruins went on an 11-0 run that proved too much for the Lady Eagles. UMW hit only two of 10 three-point shots.
McRae and Wimmer became two of five players in UMW women's basketball history to score 1,000 points each, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals.
UMW was attempting to make it to their first Final Four since the 2006-07 season when they went 31-3 and ranked third in the nation under head coach Deena Applebury.