WALLA WALLA, Washington – Competing in a Northwest Conference Tournament Semifinal game, the Puget Sound women's basketball team nearly erased a 14-point fourth quarter deficit. However, Whitman held on to beat the Loggers, 69-61, Thursday night.
Puget Sound was in a 58-44 hole with 6:13 left in regulation, but a 3-pointer by Cassidy Daugherty reinvigorated the Loggers. One minute later, a pair of free-throws made it a single-digit deficit, 60-51.
Following a steal by Elizabeth Prewitt, Jamie Lange hit a layup to make it a 60-53 game with 4:18 on the clock. Another defensive stand and two Mara Henderson free-throws cut Whitman's lead to 60-55 with three minutes left. However, the Loggers did not get closer than the five-point deficit.
Lange, the NWC Player of the Year finished the season with her 13th double-double of the season, totaling 18 points and 11 rebounds Thursday night. Prewitt, an All-NWC First Team selection, finished with 17 points and six boards.
It was a matchup between the top two rebounding teams in the NWC, and the Loggers commanded the boards with a 34-26 edge.
Lange and Prewitt each scored six points through the game's first 10 minutes to lead Puget Sound to a 14-11 lead by the end of the first quarter. Tied at the half, 26-26, neither team shot well from distance through the first 20 minutes. Puget Sound was 1-for-8 from 3-point range, and Whitman was 2-for-10. The Loggers were also 1-for-8 from distance in the second half.
The semifinal game marked Puget Sound's fifth postseason appearance in the last six years.