No. 7/10 Loggers look to keep rolling, travel to Pioneers, Bearcats

No. 7/10 Loggers look to keep rolling, travel to Pioneers, Bearcats

TACOMA, Washington – The No. 7/10 Puget Sound women's basketball team heads to Oregon for a pair of Northwest Conference games this weekend. The Loggers will travel to Lewis & Clark on Friday, before taking on Willamette on Saturday. 

 WHO

 No. 7/10 Puget Sound at Lewis & Clark

 WHEN  

 Friday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m. 

 WHERE

 Pamplin Sports Center | Portland, Ore. 

 LIVE

 Stats I Video

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 WHO

 No. 7/10 Puget Sound at Willamette

 WHEN  

 Saturday, Feb. 4, 4 p.m. 

 WHERE

 Cone Field House | Salem, Ore. 

 LIVE

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Puget Sound's last week

The Loggers (18-1, 10-0 NWC) defeated a ranked team for the third time this season last weekend. Puget Sound took down then ranked No. 24/24 George Fox, 96-76, on Friday, before comfortably defeating Linfield, 96-77, on Saturday. Samone Jackson scored a career-high 37 points in Saturday's win over the Wildcats. Elizabeth Prewitt averaged 21.0 points in the two wins. Alexis Noren and Jamie Lange each scored in double figures in both games as well.

Top-10

The Loggers, after beating another ranked team last weekend, have climbed in the polls again. Puget Sound is ranked No. 7 in the D3hoops.com poll this week, the first time they appeared in the Top-10 of the poll since they were No. 10 in the final 2006-07 rankings. The team is No. 10 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association poll. The last time the Loggers were in the Top-10 of the WBCA rankings was January 11, 2005, when they checked in at No. 9.

Historic Performance

Samone Jackson scored a career-high 37 points in the Loggers' victory over Linfield on Saturday. The total is the second highest single-game total in Puget Sound history (Kristina Goos, 41). The sophomore made seven three-pointers, while shooting 60.9 percent from the floor (14-for-23).

All across the nation

In addition to being nationally ranked in the polls, the Loggers make several appearances in national ranks for various statistics. As a team, Puget Sound is 10th in win-loss percentage, while being the sixth best scoring offense in the nation (79.6). The Loggers are 21st in field-goal percentage (44.2), and 19th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.14). Individually, Samone Jackson is in the Top-25 nationally in three-point field goals per game (12th, 3.0) and three-point field goals made (10th, 57). Also checking into the Top-25 is Caitlin Malvar, whose assist-to-turnover ratio is 10th in the nation at 2.55.

How it stands

The Loggers sit in first place in the Northwest Conference (10-0). Whitman (8-2) is currently in second place, with a match-up with Puget Sound still to come. George Fox (8-3) is in third and Lewis & Clark (7-4) is in fourth. If the season were to end today, the Loggers would host Lewis & Clark, and Whitman would host George Fox in the first round of the NWC tournament.

Scouting the Pioneers (14-6, 7-4 NWC)

Lewis & Clark College most recently fell to George Fox, 69-68, in overtime. Prior to the loss, the Pioneers had won four games in a row. They currently sit in fourth place in the league, while scoring 69.1 points per game. Ayisat Afolabi averages a double-double, scoring 15.8 ppg, and pulling down 10.9 rpg. Afolabi's scoring average is good for fourth in the conference, and her rebounding average leads the league. Miyah Leith (10.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg) also averages double-figure scoring for the Pioneers. The Loggers defeated Lewis & Clark, 85-58, in the first meeting between the teams this season (Jan. 7).

Scouting the Bearcats (10-9, 3-7 NWC)

Willamette University is currently on a four-game losing streak, most recently falling to Whitworth (68-62) and Whitman (71-51). The Bearcats score 64.8 points per game, led by Kylie Towry (12.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg). Alex Wert leads the squad in rebounding, pulling down 5.5 boards per game. Puget Sound defeated the Bearcats, 95-82, in their first meeting (Jan. 6).

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