TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound women's basketball team suffered a 59-40 loss at the hands of Whitman on Saturday. The Loggers (10-9, 3-7 NWC) never found their shooting rhythm in the game as Whitman pulled away late for the win.
Despite their shooting woes, the Loggers battled the Missionaries (15-3, 8-2 NWC) to a 24-24 tie at the half. Whitman jumped out to the early lead before the Loggers forced back-to-back shot clock violations from the visitors to help them take a 7-6 lead.
Whitman went up by six later in the half with an 18-12 lead. However, the Loggers made a 12-4 run that saw the Loggers take a 24-22 lead, capped by a baseline jumper from Amanda Forshay.
Whitman tied it up before the half but both teams proved to struggle offensively. The Missionaries shot just 32.1 percent in the opening half while the Loggers made just 25.8 percent of their shots.
Both teams looked to stay in the defensive grind as neither was able to break the gridlock over the first couple of minutes. Finally, Sarah Stewart's turnaround fell for a 26-24 Logger lead.
The Missionaries responded shortly after, taking the lead for good. After Stewart's jumper, the Loggers went scoreless for four minutes and Whitman took a 32-26 lead. The Logger shooting woes continued through the final 20 minutes of the game as they were just 5-of-27 in the second half.
Whitman was able to find its rhythm offensively, knocking down 53.6 percent of its shots in the second half, and continued to pull away down the stretch and come away with the win.
Four Missionaries reached double digits in the game, led by 11 points from both Heather Johns and Sarah Anderegg.
The Loggers will have little time to rest as they head across town to Pacific Lutheran on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. tipoff.