TACOMA, Washington – Poised to return to Northwest Conference prominence, the 2018-19 Puget Sound women's basketball team returns four Loggers who started at least 17 games last year. Puget Sound will lean on that experience as the Loggers eye a return to the postseason.
During Casey Kushiyama's first season as Puget Sound's head coach, the 2017-18 Loggers came up just one game shy of qualifying for the NWC Tournament. Had the Loggers won their final game of the regular season, Puget Sound would have been in the postseason for the fifth consecutive season.
Rest assured, last year's result has Puget Sound driven for the 2018-19 season.
The Loggers' top returners include 2017-18 All-NWC honorees - and seniors - Jamie Lange and Elizabeth Prewitt. Lange finished the 2017-18 season with 15 double-doubles. By season's end, she led the NWC in rebounding with 11.5 boards per game, and she ranked sixth in scoring with 16.5 points per game. Lange was also sixth in field-goal percentage (51.4 percent), and second in blocks per game (1.6). Lange was named to the D3hoops.com All-West Region Second Team.
Prewitt's 12.8 points per game tied for eighth in the NWC. She ranked second in 3-point percentage (40.7 percent), and third in free-throw percentage (81.3 percent).
Sharpshooting junior Cassidy Daugherty is also back for the Maroon & White. Her 49 made 3-pointers last year led the Loggers and ranked fourth in the NWC. Daugherty tied a Puget Sound record by making eight 3-pointers in a game against Pacific.
Junior Mara Henderson started 17 games last year. At one point during the season she scored in double figures in four consecutive games. RaeAnn Allen figures to get more ball-handling responsibilities this season – she played in all 25 games last year. Meghan Hamel also did not miss a game last year, and she will play a key role on the boards for Puget Sound.
Kushiyama added five newcomers to the program, and he especially excited about a transfer – Giavanna Sorn. Standing at 6-2, Sorn can be a force at both ends of the floor.
The 2018-19 season begins at Multnomah Saturday, Nov. 10. Puget Sound's first home game is Nov. 17 against Trinity (Tex.) as part of the McArthur Classic. The NWC slate gets underway Nov. 27, at home against Pacific Lutheran.
The Loggers travel to Hawaii as part of a tournament against West Coast teams. The Loggers will play against Whittier and Chapman in Honolulu, Dec. 19-20.