Red-hot Loggers stun No. 24 Blues, 75-67

Red-hot Loggers stun No. 24 Blues, 75-67

WALLA WALLA, WashingtonElizabeth Prewitt and Jamie Lange combined for 52 points to the lead the Puget Sound women's basketball team to a 75-67 upset victory at No. 24 Whitman Saturday evening.

The Loggers handed the Blues their first Northwest Conference loss of the season. Puget Sound is now 10-1 in its last 11 games.

Prewitt netted 25 points against Whitman (13-4, 7-1 NWC) on 9-for-13 shooting from the floor. She finished two points shy of matching her season high. Lange came away with her second double-double of the weekend, and seventh of the season, after scoring 27 points and pulling down 10 rebounds for the Loggers (13-3, 6-2 NWC).

Mara Henderson also scored in double figures for Puget Sound, chipping in 12 points and four assists.

Whitman held a 37-35 edge at halftime, but the Loggers outscored the Blues in both the third and fourth quarters.

The Blues claimed a 10-point lead, 45-35, just two minutes into the second half. The Loggers' comeback began on the defensive end, when a steal by Prewitt led to a Henderson 3-pointer. The Loggers strung together several more defensive stands, including a steal by Henderson, as they chipped away at Whitman's lead.

With 6:28 left in the third quarter, Lange put back an offensive rebound to cut the deficit to 45-42. The Blues were then forced into another turnover, and Lange hit another shot to make it a one-point game. Following a Whitman missed 3-pointer, Lange got yet another bucket, this time giving the Loggers a 46-45 lead with 5:17 left in the third quarter.

Puget Sound didn't slow down, as a layup by Prewitt and a 3-pointer by Cassidy Daugherty pushed the lead to 51-45. Although the Blues tied the game a couple of times down the stretch, they were unable to reclaim the lead.

The Loggers are back on the road when they travel to Parkland, Washington, for a 6 p.m. tipoff at Pacific Lutheran Tuesday, Jan. 22.