Pioneers rain threes while Forshay scores 27 in defeat

Pioneers rain threes while Forshay scores 27 in defeat

TACOMA, Wash.—Junior Amanda Forshay scored a career-high 27 points Friday night, but it was not enough to overcome a hot-shooting Lewis & Clark squad in both teams' Northwest Conference opener. The Pioneers used the three-point shot to great effect Friday night, downing Puget Sound 82-70 at Memorial Fieldhouse in Tacoma, Wash.

Lewis & Clark shot 63.6% from beyond the arc throughout the game with its three-point percentage never dipping below 60%. The Pioneers made their first five three-point attempts of the game with their first miss from deep falling halfway through the first half. Additionally, they rode the three-point shot to a 20-7 lead in the game's first 5:36 minutes.

The Loggers cut the lead to just five points halfway through the half with four consecutive three-balls of their own, three of them from Forshay. After trailing by 10 again, Puget Sound came within four after scoring six straight on field goals by Hannah Lekson, Ashley Agcaoili, and Forshay. They could come no closer, however, and went into the halftime break down 12 points, 45-34.

Forshay tied her previous season-high of 20 points in the first half alone, going 8-11 from the field and three of four from beyond the arc. Her three first half three-pointers also tied a career-high, and she broke at the 13:42 mark in the second half when she added another three-ball.

The Loggers started the second half a bit slow, counting only one three-point shot from Taylor Jones in the first six minutes of the period. Down 18 with 12:17 remaining, the Loggers cut their deficit to eight after Emily Sheldon drained two consecutive three-pointers and Forshay added a jumper, capping off a 14-4 run over nearly six minutes.

Unfortunately the Loggers spent everything they had on the run and could come no closer to their guests from Portland, Ore. Lewis & Clark re-took an 18-point lead at 82-64 with 1:44 left in the contest. Six straight Puget Sound points in the final 1:21 brought the score to its 82-70 final.

Forshay ended the game with 27 points, a new career mark and the highest by any Logger since Kelsey McKinnis scored 36 Nov. 25, 2012. The junior from Moraga, Calif., also drained a career-high four three-pointers and 11 field goal attempts. Forshay led the squad with seven rebounds as well, but Lekson was right behind her with six boards during the contest. Sheldon also scored in double-digits for Puget Sound, tallying 17 points on the strength of seven field goals. For the Pioneers, Anderson scored 31 points thanks to six three-pointers and nine free-throw shots, while Tayler Wang and Ayisat Afolabi added 16 and 11, respectively.

With the loss, the Loggers fall to 7-3 on the season and begin conference play 0-1. They look to rebound Saturday, January 4th with a 6:00 p.m. showdown with Linfield. That game will also take place at Memorial Fieldhouse in Tacoma.