KIRKLAND, Washington – Six Loggers scored in double figures as the Puget Sound women's basketball team opened the 2015-16 season with a thrilling overtime win, 90-83, at Northwest on Tuesday night.
Both Alexis Noren (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Allie Wyszynski (10 points, 11 rebounds) finished with a double-double for the Loggers (1-0). Noren also added six assists and two steals. Emily Sheldon led Puget Sound in scoring with 18 points to go along with eight assists and six rebounds.
Claire Fitzgerald added 11 points and seven rebounds in the winning effort, while freshman Samone Jackson made her collegiate debut with 13 points, including a handful of clutch baskets down the stretch. Mikaela Limper shot 3-for-7 from downtown on her way to 13 points.
Northwest (2-4) held a 70-63 lead late in fourth quarter when Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 3:28 on the clock. The Loggers got a few defensive stops but struggled to score until Jackson went for 1-for-2 from the foul line to cut the deficit to 70-67 with 1:44 on the clock.
The Eagles answered right back with two points, but Jackson stayed hot and hit another 3-pointer to bring Puget Sound to within 72-70 with 1:13 to play in regulation. Following another defensive stop, the Loggers immediately called timeout and drew up a play that allowed Sheldon to hit a 3-pointer that gave the Loggers a 73-72 lead with 33 seconds left.
Puget Sound got one more defensive stop and the Eagles sent Puget Sound's Fitzgerald to the line. Fitzgerald made both free-throws, but Northwest was able to hit a game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds to send it into overtime.
The teams were tied late in overtime, 83-83, but Noren hit a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left and Puget Sound never let go of the lead from there.
The Loggers host the McArthur Classic starting on Friday, Nov. 20, when Puget Sound takes on Hardin-Simmons at 6 p.m.
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