Loggers to honor Fitzgerald, battle for postseason this weekend

Photo by Dan McCormack
Photo by Dan McCormack

TACOMA, Washington – Senior Claire Fitzgerald will play in her final regular-season home games as the Puget Sound women's basketball team makes a postseason push in Memorial Fieldhouse this weekend. The Loggers host Linfield Friday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m., and then battle Pacific Saturday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m.

 

 

 WHO

 Puget Sound vs. Linfield

 

 WHERE 

 Tacoma, Wash. | Memorial Fieldhouse  

 

 WHEN

 Friday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m.

 

 LIVE 

 Stats  |  Video

 

 

 WHO

 Puget Sound vs. Pacific

 

 WHERE 

 Tacoma, Wash. | Memorial Fieldhouse  

 

 WHEN

 Saturday, Feb. 10, 4 p.m.

 

 LIVE 

 Stats  |  Video

 

 

Give 'em Fitz

Claire Fitzgerald enters this weekend having started 63 of 89 games during her career with the Loggers. She was a member of two NCAA Tournament teams, and played a key role in Puget Sound's undefeated conference season last year. Fitzgerald developed a reliable 3-point shot for her senior season, and she's shooting nearly 38 percent from beyond the arc.

 

Life in the fast Lange

Jamie Lange is among the Northwest Conference leaders in several statistics. She ranks second in points per game (17.1), first in rebounds per game (11.9), fifth in field-goal percentage (52.3 percent), and second in blocks per game (1.7).

 

Something's Prew-ing

Elizabeth Prewitt enters the weekend with eight consecutive double-digit scoring games, including 20 points against nationally-ranked George Fox (Feb. 3). Through her last eight games, Prewitt is shooting 53.0 percent from the floor and 62 percent from 3-point ranges. She ranks third in the NWC in 3-point field-goal percentage (38.1 percent).

 

Home cookin'

The Loggers will lean on the home crowd this weekend, as Puget Sound is 4-2 in its last four games.

 

Postseason picture

The league's top four teams qualify for the NWC Tournament. Entering this weekend, the Loggers (5-7) are one game behind Lewis & Clark (6-6) for the No. 4 seed. George Fox (11-1) is in second place, and Whitman (13-0) has an unblemished conference record.

 

Weekend promotions

In addition to Senior Night (Feb. 10), Puget Sound is hosting a handful of promotions during this weekend's basketball games. Friday (Feb. 9) is Think Pink, and there will be a halftime performance by Shelton Players in Progress. SAAC is hosting a rummage sale and coin drive both Friday and Saturday, and the Metro Parks Tacoma Special Olympians will play at halftime during both the women's and men's games Saturday.

 

Scouting Linfield (9-12, 5-7 NWC)

The Wildcats have been up and down all season have not won consecutive games this year. Linfield has lost four of its last six games, but beat Pacific Lutheran, 74-59, in its most recent contest (Feb. 3). Puget Sound beat Linfield, 68-52, in the teams' first matchup this season (Jan. 13). Kory Olson leads the Wildcats in scoring with 13.6 points per game, and Molly Danielson is second with 12.5.

 

Scouting Pacific (3-17, 2-10 NWC)

The Boxers enter the weekend with seven consecutive losses, and their last win was against Puget Sound, 88-78 (Jan. 12). Jenee Brown is the only Boxer averaging double-digit points (10.3). Charli Elliott is the team's leading rebounder with 6.3 boards per game. Pacific is second-to-last in the NWC in scoring (59.2 points per game), and it is last in field-goal percentage (34.6 percent).

 

 

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