Strong first half leads Loggers past Pioneers

Strong first half leads Loggers past Pioneers

Portland, OregonEmily Sheldon continued her high scoring marks with a team-high 18 points as the Puget Sound women's basketball team defeated Lewis & Clark, 69-53, on Saturday evening.

Sheldon was 8-for-12 from the field and added three assists. Amanda Forshay led the Loggers in rebounds with eight while scoring 16 points. Katy Ainslie recorded 11 points on the night.

The Pioneers (8-15, 5-9 NWC) scored the first points of the night for their only lead of the game. The Loggers (20-3, 11-3 NWC) then went on a 17-4 run capped off by a layup from Hannah Leskon to take out a comfortable lead with 12:41 to go.

The Loggers continued their sharp shooting in the half going 18-for-32 from the field for 56.3 percent shooting while also adding six 3-pointers. Sheldon and Forshay scored in the double-digits in the half with 13 and 12 points, respectfully.

At halftime, the Loggers held a 21-point lead over the Pioneers, 47-26.

Lewis & Clark had an early second half 15-4 run that tightened the score to 57-45 with 11:20 remaining.

However, the Loggers were able to hold off the Pioneers to close out the half. Puget Sound finished on a 10-4 run including two blocks and three steals in the last six minutes to secure the win.

The Loggers shot 49.0 percent (24-for-49) from the floor, and held the Pioneers to 41.1 percent (23-for-56). The Loggers bested Lewis & Clark in rebounds, 33-30. 

Puget Sound looks to carry this offensive surge into its next contest as it hosts Whitman on Friday, Feb. 20 at 6pm.



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