WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Freshmen Amanda Forshay and Olivia Roberts combined for 29 points but a slow start for the Puget Sound women's basketball team proved costly in a 66-59 loss at Whitman. The loss drops the Loggers (11-10, 7-5 NWC) into fourth place in the NWC standings.
Forshay led the Loggers with 17 points and Roberts added 12 points of her own on 4-of-6 shooting. All of Roberts points came from downtown as she was 4-of-4 behind the three-point line.
"We had a great second half. Unfortunately, we dug ourselves a first half deficit that we couldn't recover from," said head coach Loree Payne. "Our freshman, tonight it was Amanda and Olivia, continue to step up and produce night in and night out."
A close battle over the first seven minutes saw the Loggers take their only lead of the game at 9-8 when Sarah Stewart drained a jumper for two of her 11 points with 13:03 remaining. However, the Missionaries (12-9, 8-4 NWC) responded with a 9-2 run to take the lead for good, capped by a pair of free throws from Jenele Peterson.
Peterson finished with a game-high 19 points.
The Loggers turned the ball over 11 times in the first half while forcing just four turnovers as they trailed 35-23 at the half. The tables turned in the second half as the Loggers turned the ball over just four times while forcing seven as they outscored the hosts 36-31.
The Loggers nearly completed the comeback, cutting the lead to four multiple times late in the game. However, the Missionaries were able to thwart the attempts and hold on for the win.
The Loggers return home to face Pacific Lutheran on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear pink for the Loggers annual "Think Pink" night.