TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound women's basketball team fell 63-52 to UC Santa Cruz in its season-opener on Friday. Kelsey McKinnis led all scorers with 19 points on the night.
The Loggers (0-1) were never able to find their rhythm on the offensive end as they shot just 28.6 percent on the night. The Banana Slugs (1-0) shot 41.7 percent to key their road victory.
Emily Sheldon gave the Loggers the early lead with the first points of her Logger career. She knocked down a three-pointer to give the Loggers a 5-4 lead. However the Banana Slugs would control much of the 1st half, shooting 55 percent behind six points from Sarah Mackey.
The Loggers continued to chip away at the lead and Katy Ainslie hit a pair of free throws seven minutes into the second half to pull the Loggers even at 35-35. The Slugs pulled away again but back-to-back three-pointers from McKinnis gave the Loggers a 43-40 lead with just under nine minutes to go.
The Slugs turned it up behind Ryane Ortiz, who scored 13 of her 18 points in the second half to lead the visitors. The Slugs received scoring from 10 different players and shot 90 percent from the line, including several crucial free throws down the stretch to pull away.
McKinnis scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half, including 8-of-10 shooting from the line but it wasn't enough to keep the Loggers in the game. Ainslie also finished with a career-high 10 points.
The Loggers will look to rebound tomorrow as they host Evergreen St. at 3 p.m.