TACOMA, Wash. – A lengthy run to open the second half boosted the Puget Sound women's basketball team to a 74-46 win over Pacific Lutheran in Northwest Conference action on Wednesday. The Loggers (8-4, 1-2 NWC) used a 22-5 run to open the second half and cruise to the win.
The Loggers led 34-27 after the first half but came out strong on both ends of the floor in the second half to quickly build a big lead. A 9-1 run to open the half saw the lead grow to 43-28. The run continued over the first 10 minutes with the Loggers outscoring the Lutes (3-7, 0-3 NWC) 22-5 as the lead ballooned to 56-35.
Amanda Forshay led the Loggers with a game-high 17 points as one of four Loggers in double figures. Kelsey McKinnis had 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting while Katy Ainslie and Taylor Jones each tallied 10 points.
Forshay and Jones led a charge off the bench for the Loggers. The pair combined for 27 of 37 bench points compared to just 11 points off the bench for the Lutes.
The Lutes led at one point in the first half when Kara Sherman scored eight consecutive points for the visitors to lead them to a 20-15 lead. The Loggers retook the lead on a 7-0 run, capped by a pair of Forshay free throws. Megan Abdo briefly reclaimed the Lute lead when she drained a three-pointer for a 23-22 lead. However, Jones quickly answered with a three of her own and the Loggers never trailed again.
McKinnis also pulled down eight rebounds for the Loggers and Sarah Stewart grabbed nine boards to lead the home team. Abdo led the Lutes with 11 rebounds. Samantha Potter had 13 points to lead the visitors.
The Lutes shot just 28.3 percent on the night and went nearly nine minutes in the beginning of the second half without hitting a field goal. The Loggers shot 37.1 percent from the floor but knocked down 44.4 percent of their three-point attempts.
The Loggers return to the floor on Friday when they host Willamette at 6 p.m.