Loggers fall to Bruins in battle of nationally-ranked teams

Loggers fall to Bruins in battle of nationally-ranked teams

NEWBERG, Oregon – The Puget Sound women's basketball team opened its Northwest Conference schedule with a 77-55 loss at George Fox on Saturday evening. The Loggers (9-1, 0-1 NWC) entered the contest ranked No. 24/23 (D3Hoops.com/USA Today) in the nation, while the Bruins (11-0, 2-0 NWC) were ranked No. 11/12.

Puget Sound's nine-game win streak comes to a close with Saturday's loss. It was the program's best start to a season since the Loggers went 10-0 in 2004-05.

"George Fox came to play tonight," said Puget Sound head coach Loree Payne. "They are a great team and they proved it tonight."

Katy Ainslie continued to assert herself as a force in the paint, logging 17 points, seven rebounds, and a career-high four assists. She leads the Loggers in scoring through the first 10 games of the season with 13.9 points per game.

The Loggers were held to 31 percent (18-for-58) shooting from the floor, their lowest mark of the season. Both sides committed 15 turnovers, but George Fox won the battle on the boards, 49-34.

"Rebounding was the difference in the game," said Payne. "We have a lot of work to do as we head into the second weekend of our incredibly tough conference schedule."

Puget Sound looks to get back on the winning track when it hosts Willamette on Friday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m.


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