McKinnis' Big Three Boosts Loggers To Win At Whitman

McKinnis' Big Three Boosts Loggers To Win At Whitman

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – With the game tied at 55-55 and just 29 seconds remaining, sophomore Kelsey McKinnis nailed a three-pointer that gave the University of Puget Sound women's basketball team a lead the would not relinquish. The No. 24 Loggers held on to the narrow lead for a 60-58 victory at Whitman on Friday.
 
 "Kelsey stepped up and took the shot without hesitation, which is exactly what we wanted her to do," added Payne. "Sarah Stewart and Lindsay Layland also had huge offensive rebounds down the stretch that forced them to keep fouling us."
 
McKinnis scored a team-high 20 points, including 11 points in the second half. Jocelyn Riordan added 17 points for the Loggers (10-2, 3-0 NWC).
 
After McKinnis hit the three-pointer, the Missionaries (6-5, 1-2 NWC) didn't score until the closing seconds of the game. Lindsay Layland and Sarah Stewart, who combined for  nine offensive rebounds in the game, each pulled down offensive rebounds off missed free throws to retain possession for the Loggers. Both Stewart and Layland nailed key free throws in the waning moments of the game to pull away for the victory.
 
The game was not without its share of drama. The game featured six ties although the Loggers never trailed in the second half. Rebecca Sexton drew the game even for Whitman with a pair of free throws with 54 seconds remaining. The late tie erased a 10-point lead that the Loggers held just three minutes earlier at the 3:56 mark.
 
"Its great anytime you can get a win on the road in conference," said head coach Loree Payne. "I'm very proud of the team to come out with the win today. Whitman hit some big shots but we stayed poised and that was the biggest thing in getting the win."
 
McKinnis and the Loggers responded to stay undefeated in conference and earn their tenth win of the season. The Loggers face another road test tomorrow when they take on Whitworth in Spokane, Wash. at 6 p.m.