TACOMA, Washington – Alexis Noren recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds as the Puget Sound women's basketball team won its first game of the season with a 64-53 triumph over Lynchburg in the Johns Hopkins Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
Noren also finished with four assists and four steals in the winning effort, while Emily Sheldon led the Loggers (1-0) in scoring with 14 points. Hannah Lekson scored 11 points off the bench, and Katy Ainslie added 10 points.
"We're very happy with this great team win against a talented Lynchburg team," said Puget Sound head coach Loree Payne. "We had balanced scoring and multiple people stepped up to help us get this victory."
The Loggers held a 27-16 lead at halftime after their stifling defense limited Lynchburg to just 13.8 percent shooting from the field. Puget Sound also forced 12 turnovers in the opening period.
Lynchburg battled back in the second half and a pair of free-throws by Sammi Goldsmith cut Puget Sound's lead to single digits, 34-28, five minutes into the period. Noren then scored six consecutive points off a successful three-point play and a three-pointer, pushing the Loggers' lead to 40-28.
Lynchburg made it a single-digit lead for Puget Sound at 44-36 with 7:50 to play, but a three-pointer by Emily Sheldon put the Loggers up by 11, and their lead never dropped below 10 points for the rest of the game.
"We're excited for the challenge of facing a very tough Johns Hopkins team on its home floor tomorrow," said Payne.
Puget Sound plays for the tournament title against host team Johns Hopkins at 12 p.m. (PST) on Sunday, Nov. 16.