TACOMA, Washington – Emily Sheldon notched her second double-double of the season as the Puget Sound women's basketball team picked up its first win of the new year with a 67-64 victory over Willamette in Memorial Fieldhouse on Friday night.
Sheldon scored 19 points and grabbed 10 boards while shooting 8-for-19 from the floor. Alexis Noren led all players with six assists and four steals, and the junior added 14 points in the win. Claire Fitzgerald netted 10 points for her fifth double-digit scoring game of the season.
The Loggers (7-5, 2-1 NWC) trailed, 55-52, when a jumper by Sheldon made it a one-point game midway through the fourth quarter. The Loggers followed with a defensive stop, and Allie Wyszynski hit a pair of free-throws to give Puget sound a 56-55 edge.
Puget Sound continued to lead by one, 63-62, when a steal by Wsyzynski led to a fast-break jumper by Noren to increase the advantage to 65-62 with 90 seconds to play. Following another Puget Sound defensive stop, Sheldon scored in the post to make it a 67-62 game with 36.5 seconds to go.
The Bearcats (9-3, 1-2 NWC) made it a three-point game with a layup, and they intentionally put Sheldon at the foul line with 15 seconds to play. The senior gave the Bearcats a glimmer of hope by missing both attempts, but she made up for it on the defensive end by blocking the Bearcats' attempt at a game-tying 3-pointer.
Willamette connected on 12 3-pointers on the night, including five in the first quarter. The Puget Sound defense remained resilient and forced the Bearcats into 16 turnovers, while the Loggers committed just seven all game.
Puget Sound remains at home to take on Lewis & Clark on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 4 p.m.
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