TACOMA, Washington – A big fourth-quarter effort led to the Puget Sound women's basketball team beating Willamette, 68-52, in Memorial Fieldhouse Friday night.
The Loggers (10-10, 5-6 NWC) scored 30 points in the fourth quarter, bouncing back from a lackluster third quarter in which Puget Sound managed just seven points.
Puget Sound's defense set the tone in the final 10 minutes against Willamette (12-9, 8-4 NWC), as the Loggers forced six turnovers in the final quarter. More often than not, those turnovers led to points.
The Bearcats entered the fourth quarter with a 40-38 edge, but Jamie Lange's layup tied it up 50 seconds into the period. With the score tied, 43-43, Lange came up with a steal that led to a quick jumper by Kirstin Hafeman. Less than two minutes later, Hafeman knocked down a 3-pointer that gave Puget Sound a 50-45 lead with 4:28 on the clock.
The Loggers' lead grew to seven points when RaeAnn Allen came up with a steal and fast-break layup, giving Puget Sound a 57-50 lead with 2:25 on the clock.
Lange finished the game with her 13th double-double of the season. She scored 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Elizabeth Prewitt scored 12 points in the winning effort, and Claire Fitzgerald finished with 10.
The Loggers return to Memorial Fieldhouse to host No. 24/21 George Fox Saturday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m.