TACOMA, Wash. – A late game comeback came up just short, as the No. 9/10 Puget Sound women's basketball team fell to No. 16/14 Whitman, 69-67, on Saturday evening in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament Second Round. The familiar foes played for the second time in a week.
Jamie Lange led all scorers with 22 points, while also pulling down nine rebounds. Senior Alexis Noren wrapped up her Logger career with a double-double, scoring 14 points and recording 10 boards. Elizabeth Prewitt and Samone Jackson each chipped in 10 points.
Whitman (25-4) jumped out to a big lead, holding a 18-8 edge after the first quarter of play, and then a 39-26 lead at halftime. After an even third quarter, the Loggers (26-3) began to dig out of the deficit. Puget Sound closed the gap to within seven several times in the early parts of the fourth quarter.
With 3:12 remaining in the game, the Loggers made three-pointers on three-consecutive possessions, and closed the gap to three points. With 0.4 seconds left, Jackson was able to steal an inbounds pass and was fouled while shooting a trey. The sophomore made the first free throw, but her second shot rimmed out of the basket. She missed the third free throw on purpose, but the rebound fell to the Blues, who secured their victory.
Puget Sound shot 34.3 percent (23-for-67) from the field, while Whitman shot 42.6 percent (26-for-61). The Loggers were 4-for-22 (18.2 percent) from beyond the arc. The Blues were 6-for-16 (37.5 percent) on 3-point shots. Puget Sound was edged, 45-42, in rebounding margin.
Puget Sound finished the 2016-17 season with the most wins (26) in school history, while completing a undefeated conference schedule en route to winning the Loggers' first solo Northwest Conference regular season crown.
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