January 10, 2012

Free Throws Lift Loggers In OT

PARKLAND, Wash. – Make your free throws. It's a lesson that is often preached by head coaches everywhere. For the Puget Sound women's basketball team, it was a life-saving lesson on Tuesday as it defeated Pacific Lutheran 65-58 in overtime.

The Loggers (8-6, 4-1 NWC) flourished at the free throw line despite a subpar shooting night. The Loggers shot 80.6 percent from the free throw line, including an 11-for-14 performance in the overtime period.

Despite not making a shot in the extra period, the Loggers outscored the Lutes (4-10, 1-4 NWC) 11-4. They held the Lutes to 1-for-8 shooting from the floor.

Kelsey McKinnis led the Loggers with 20 points, 11 of which came at the free throw line. Lindsay Layland also hit some big free throws in overtime and finished with a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.

Samantha Potter had a game-high 29 points and 18 rebounds for the Lutes. Katelyn Smith added 14 points.

The Loggers led 28-19 at the half after forcing 11 Lute turnovers in the half. However, the Lutes found a groove and erased a 16-point deficit in the second half to tie up the game at 54-54. They shot 41.2 percent in the half to key the comeback.

In overtime, the Loggers held the Lutes to 12.5 percent shooting to sneak out of Olsen Auditorium with the win.

The Loggers head down to George Fox on Saturday for a 6 p.m. matchup with the No. 3 team in Division III, according to D3hoops.com.