Late fourth-quarter run pushes No. 18/19 Loggers past Pirates

Late fourth-quarter run pushes No. 18/19  Loggers past Pirates

SPOKANE, WashingtonSamone Jackson and Jamie Lange scored 18 points apiece as the No. 18/19 Puget Sound women's basketball team beat Whitworth, 78-71, on the road Friday night.

The Loggers (13-1, 5-0 NWC) have now won five consecutive games to open their Northwest Conference schedule. Puget Sound has also won its last five games over the Pirates (6-8, 2-3 NWC), dating back to the 2014-15 season.

Whitworth tied the game, 56-56, early in the fourth quarter. The Pirates' lead reached 66-62 following a 3-pointer with 4:41 on the clock. However, a layup by Lange sparked an 11-0 run that was capped by a Jackson bucket that gave the Loggers a 73-66 edge with 1:21 to go.

Despite a tough night from 3-point range (2-for-7), Jackson shot 7-for-15 overall, and she scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half. Lange made the most of her 19 minutes off the bench, as she shot 7-for-10 from the floor and added a game-high nine rebounds. Lange is averaging 14.8 points and 7.3 rebounds through her last four games.

Alexis Noren scored 14 points in the winning effort, and Caitlin Malvar added 11.

The Loggers overcame a 37-33 halftime deficit by forcing turnovers and getting to the free-throw line in the third quarter. Whitworth committed six turnovers in the first 10 minutes on the second half. On the other end of the floor, Puget Sound shot 7-for-11 from the charity stripe in the third quarter.

The Loggers tipoff at No. 16/14 Whitman on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 4 p.m.



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