NEWBERG, Oregon – Northwest Conference Player of the Year Emily Sheldon led all players with 22 points, but No. 2 George Fox topped the Puget Sound women's basketball team, 76-57, in the NWC championship game on Saturday night. The Bruins beat the Loggers in the conference title game for the second consecutive season.
Sheldon shot 8-for-18 from the floor and added nine rebounds and four assists. Saturday marked the sixth time this season Sheldon came up just one rebound shy of a double-double, but the senior finished the year with four double-doubles.
Justine Benner was George Fox's (27-0) high scorer with 17 points, and Ajenae Torregano record 14 points.
The Loggers shot 36.2 percent from the floor, and made just three 3-pointers on 15 attempts (20 percent). The Bruins' constant full-court press limited the Loggers to 11 team assists, their lowest mark in 11 games. Both sides finished with 37 rebounds.
Despite the loss, Puget Sound exceeded many expectations. NWC head coaches predicted the Loggers to finish fourth in the league. Instead, the Loggers earned the second-best record in the NWC.
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