Fast Start Doesn't Hold In OT Loss At Pacific

Fast Start Doesn't Hold In OT Loss At Pacific

TACOMA, Wash. – Freshman Emily Sheldon's heroic three-pointer sent the game into overtime but the Puget Sound women's basketball fell 72-66 in the extra period at Pacific. Sheldon led the Loggers with 15 points in the game.

The Loggers couldn't have asked for a better start to the game. The Loggers held Pacific (11-5, 4-4 NWC) without a field goal for nearly nine minutes as they built a 14-0 lead. The Boxers were 0-of-11 to start the game before a three-pointer from Alex Pfefferle finally put the hosts on the board.

The Loggers lead grew to as many as 16 points when Katy Ainslie's jumper fell for a 24-8 lead. The Boxers closed the gap before halftime as the Loggers took a 30-21 lead into the locker room.

The lead was immediately sliced back into single digits and the Boxers continued to chip away. A couple of timely shots from the Loggers kept them out in front. However, a jumper from Heather Hitch tied up the game at 51-51 and 30 seconds later the Boxers took their first lead of the night.

Hitch powered the Boxers' comeback with 26 points in the game. Paige Jensen had a double-double for the hosts with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

The Boxers used some hot shooting in the second half to spark the comeback, sinking 54.2 percent of their shots and half of their shots behind the three-point arc. The hosts also took advantage at the charity stripe, knocking down 18-of-25 free throws in the game while the Loggers were just 2-of-5.

The Boxers pushed their lead to four with under one minute to go but led by just three with time winding down. Olivia Roberts inbounded the ball to Sarah Stewart in the paint and Stewart kicked it out to Sheldon, who knocked down the game-tying three with 0.9 seconds to go.

However, the big shot wasn't enough to swing momentum back into the Loggers favor as the Boxers took a lead just 15 seconds into the OT and led the rest of the way to complete the comeback.

Stewart had nine rebounds in the first half and finished with 13 rebounds. Ainslie had 12 points and Amanda Forshay pitched in 13 points off the bench.

The Loggers host Whitworth next Friday at 6 p.m., looking to put an end to their current three-game losing streak.