LA VERNE, California – Alexis Noren took a step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the potential game-tying shot just missed as the Puget Sound women's basketball team's comeback bid came up short, 66-63, at La Verne on Wednesday night.
The Loggers (2-2) trailed by 11 points, 47-36, midway through the third quarter. The Leopard's (1-2) lead was down to eight points by the end of the third, and the Loggers continued the uphill battle in the fourth.
Emily Sheldon's layup cut the deficit to 65-61 with 1:36 to play in regulation, and Katie Holland followed with a layup one minute later to make it a two-point game. La-Verne's Emily Chan was intentionally fouled and made one of two free-throws, setting up Noren's game-tying attempt at the buzzer.
Puget Sound freshman Samone Jackson scored a season-high 14 points, besting her previous season-best by one point (at Northwest).
Despite not hitting a basket from the field, Noren found several other ways to contribute to the Loggers' comeback bid. The junior gathered seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Sheldon entered the game as the Northwest Conference's reigning Student-Athlete of the Week, averaging 21.3 points per game, but she was held to nine points at La Verne. Three first-half fouls slowed Sheldon's offensive production.
"We are in the process of figuring some things out and working through our inexperience as a team," said Puget Sound head coach Loree Payne. "We had moments of ups and downs tonight, and we need to do a better job of capitalizing on our runs and limiting the opposition's runs."
The Loggers look to bounce back against Pomona-Pitzer on Friday, Nov. 27, at 5 p.m. as part of the David Wells Classic hosted by Claremont-M-S.
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