Loggers edge L&C in thrilling tilt, 61-58, to advance to NWC final

Loggers edge L&C in thrilling tilt, 61-58, to advance to NWC final

TACOMA, Wash. – Jamie Lange recorded her sixth-consecutive double-double, as the No. 6/7 Puget Sound women's basketball team edged Lewis & Clark, 61-58, on Thursday evening in a Northwest Conference Semifinal. The Loggers advanced to the NWC Final on Saturday, Feb. 25 against Whitman.

Lange finished with 29 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Loggers (25-1). Alexis Noren added 15 points, nine boards, three assists, three blocks, and three steals.   

The Loggers opened the game by going up 8-2 early in the first quarter. However, the Pioneers (16-10) rattled off 13-consecutive points to take a 15-8 lead at the end of the first period. The visitors held a 26-20 lead at halftime. It was just the fourth time the Loggers trailed at the break this season.

The Pioneers continued to put the pressure on the Loggers in the third quarter, outscoring the home team 22-17 in the period. L&C held a 10-point lead, 56-46, with 3:41 left in the fourth quarter. Puget Sound then went on a 15-2 run to end the game, with Lange recording eight of the Loggers' points in that stretch, including an old-fashioned three-point play with 10 seconds remaining to give Puget Sound its first lead since they were ahead, 8-7, just under eight minutes into the game.

Puget Sound shot 36.2 percent (21-for-58) from the field, while L&C shot 31.9 percent (22-for-69). The Loggers were 1-for-13 (7.7 percent) from beyond the arc. The Pioneers were 4-for-13 (30.8 percent) on 3-point shots. Puget Sound were edged, 46-45, in rebounding. Ayisat Afolabi led all players with 30 points and 20 rebounds for the Pioneers.

The Loggers will compete in the Northwest Conference Final on Saturday, February 25. The game will pit Puget Sound against Whitman in Memorial Fieldhouse. The match-up is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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