ATHERTON, Calif. – The University of Puget Sound women's basketball team used a late comeback to cut down the host, Menlo, 57-54 on Monday. The Loggers (8-1) went on a 15-4 run over the final 5:40 to surge past the Oaks.
Kelsey McKinnis gave the Loggers their first lead of the second half when she nailed a jumper with 59 seconds remaining. The bucket gave the Loggers a 52-51 lead, which they would not relinquish.
"Menlo came out very physical and aggressive with us and it kind of took us out of our game," commented head coach Loree Payne. But we were able to regroup and push back. We could have given up but we fought to the very end and came away with the 'W'".
The Loggers were down 50-42 with 5:40 remaining in the game. However, the Logger defense tightened up and did not allow another basket until the final seconds of the game. Meanwhile, the Loggers shooters caught fire with McKinnis and Lindsay Layland each contributing five points during the run.
Layland finished with a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds.
After McKinnis gave the Loggers the lead, Layland padded it when she hit a jumper in the key despite being fouled. She hit the ensuing free throw to give the Loggers a 55-51 lead with 23 seconds left.
The late run overcame a poor shooting night for the Loggers, who shot 31.5 percent from the floor and 11.8 percent from three-point range. The Oaks didn't fair much better, shooting 33.8 percent on the night.
Jenna Marinaro led the Oaks with 16 points in the game with Erika Garcia contributing 11 points.
Despite their shooting woes, the Loggers shot 21-of-30 from the free throw line. McKinnis led the Loggers at the line with a 5-of-6 effort.
The Menlo Winter Clasic concludes tomorrow with the Loggers taking on UC Santa Cruz at 2 p.m.