Chase Named Redlands Tip-Off MVP As Loggers Hold Off 'Dogs, 62-58
REDLANDS, Calif. - After scoring 29 points in 31 minutes played, senior Karen Chase (Yakima, Wash./West Valley) was named MVP of the Redlands Tip-Off Classic as the Puget Sound Loggers defeated the Redlands Bulldogs, 62-58, in a non-conference women's basketball game on Saturday night in Redlands, Calif.
The Bulldogs (2-1) took the lead early, holding a seven-point advantage with 12:33 remaining in the opening period. The Loggers took the lead with 8:43 left in the first half on a free-throw by Chase. After Redlands tied the game with 25 seconds left, the Loggers took the lead heading into the half following a jumper by Claire Ely (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) that gave UPS a 30-28 lead.
The Loggers continued to push the lead up to 10 points midway through the period. Redlands began a comeback attempt, retaking the lead with just over three minutes remaining but the Loggers kept the pressure on. Chase hit a jumper with 55 seconds remaining and then hit the game winning basket with 23 ticks left on the board before Andrea Edwards (Yakima, Wash./Columbia Basin CC) hit a pair of free throws with four seconds left to clinch the victory.
Puget Sound was led by the game-high 29 points and six rebounds from Chase, who collected tournament MVP honors. Ely was named to the All-Tournament team after putting up 13 points. Freshman Courtney Blume (Olympia, Wash./River Ridge) came off the bench to put up a team-high seven boards.
Courtney Carroll led Redlands with 20 points and seven boards. Ali Bueno added nine points in the loss.
The Loggers return to Tacoma on Tuesday evening as they play host to Warner Pacific at Henry Foss High School in Tacoma, Wash. Tip-off with the Knights is set for 6:00 p.m.