TACOMA, Washington – Alexis Noren recorded her second double-double in as many games and Claire Fitzgerald scored a career-high 17 points as the Puget Sound women's basketball team won its 2015-16 home-opener, 70-54, over Hardin-Simmons in the first day of the McArthur Classic in Memorial Fieldhouse on Friday night.
Noren scored 14 points and grabbed 10 boards while adding a game-high five assists. Emily Sheldon led all scorers with 22 points for the Loggers (2-0), and Allie Wyszynski came up just shy of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
Noren scored the games' fist points 20 seconds after tipoff, and the Loggers never trailed for the entire game.
Hardin-Simmons (1-2) narrowed Puget Sound's lead to five points early in the fourth quarter, but the Loggers responded with a 7-1 run to push the lead back up to 11.
Despite shooting 38.6 percent on the offensive end, Puget Sound's defensive effort held Hardin-Simmons to 33.3 percent. The Loggers also won the battle on the boards, 48-42.
The Loggers have a tough task on Saturday, Nov. 21 when they battle No. 18 St. Thomas at 6 p.m. in the second day of the McArthur Classic
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