Milestones, upsets, and a postseason bid

Milestones, upsets, and a postseason bid

TACOMA, Washington – The 2018-19 Puget Sound women's basketball season culminated in the program's fifth postseason appearance in six years, the program's second Northwest Conference Player of the Year recipient in four years, and two All-West Region honorees.

Jamie Lange was named the NWC Player of the Year after a dominant third season with the Maroon & White. By the end of the 2018-19 regular season, Lange led the NWC in rebounding (11.6), ranked third in scoring (17.1), and fourth in field-goal percentage (50.6). She achieved those numbers while playing only 24.0 minutes per game, which ranked fifth on the team. 

Lange is the fourth Logger in Puget Sound women's basketball history to be named NWC Player of the Year, and the first since Emily Sheldon received the honor following the 2015-16 season.

Both Lange and Elizabeth Prewitt were named to the All-NWC First Team. Prewitt rounded out the regular season as the NWC's fourth top scorer, averaging 15.7 points per game. She also had the sixth-best 3-point percentage (36.7 percent) and the 10th-best field-goal percentage (47.1 percent). The duo also received All-West Region honors from Lange was named to All-West Region First Team, and Prewitt to the Third Team. The similarities don't stop there.

Lange and Prewitt both eclipsed 1,000 points in their respective careers. Prewitt reached the millennium mark during the Loggers' win over Nichols (Dec. 15). Just five weeks later, Lange reached 1,000 career points during Puget Sound's win over Pacific Lutheran (Jan. 22). 

Of course, Puget Sound's achievements in 2018-19 would not have been possible were it not for several Loggers stepping up in key positions. Junior Mara Henderson started all 25 games for Puget Sound, and she shot a team-best 39.3 percent from 3-point range. Junior RaeAnn Allen was called upon to run the point more than ever in her Logger career. Her efforts resulted in 11 games with 10 or more points, coupled with a team-high 1.2 steals per game.

First-year junior transfer Gia Sorn made an immediate impact for the Loggers. She tallied a double-double in her first game with the Loggers, totaling 25 points and 14 rebounds during the Loggers' season-opening win over Mutnomah (Nov. 13). She subsequently earned NWC Student-Athlete of the Week. By the end of the season, Sorn's 1.2 blocks per game ranked second in the NWC.

The Loggers twice upset nationally-ranked Whitman during the regular season (Jan. 19, Feb. 15), and the Loggers nearly upset No. 10 George Fox in a one-point loss on the road (Dec. 1).   

The 2018-19 Loggers led the NWC in rebounding (41.5) and blocks per game (3.0).