TACOMA, Wash. – Kelsey McKinnis tied her career-high with 27 points to lead the Puget Sound women's basketball team to a 72-65 win over Evergreen St. on Saturday. The Loggers (1-1) found their rhythm offensively, shooting 43.6 percent on the afternoon.
McKinnis scored 12 of her 27 points from the free throw line on a perfect 12-for-12 shooting night. She started out the night on fire with six of the first eight points for the Loggers.
The Loggers broke open a tight contest late in the first half as the Loggers held the Geoducks (0-1) without a point for a four-minute stretch toward the end of the half. Danielle Swain's put back with seven seconds left ended the drought and cut the deficit to a 38-33 Loggers lead at the half.
The Geodcks used some hot shooting from beyond the arc to stay in the game in the first half. The Geoducks were 6-of-11 behind the arc in the first half , three of which came from Jessica Denmon.
McKinnis continued to lead the Loggers in the second half, scoring 15 of her points in the later period. She completed a three-point play to give the Loggers a 54-46 lead at the midway point of the half.
However, the Geoducks were able to completely erase the Logger lead as Swain scored two of her 12 second-half points to tie the game at 56-56. Swain ended the game with 20 points and 12 boards.
The Geoducks were able to seize momentum and jump out to a slight 59-56 lead despite not making a three-point in the second half, but the Loggers eventually retook the lead 60-59. Denmon regained the lead for the Geoducks but a put back from Sarah Stewart and a three-pointer from McKinnis regained a 65-61 Logger lead, which they would not relinquish.
Stewart ended the game 12 points and seven rebounds while Katy Ainslie added 14 points. Denmon finished with 13 points for the Geoduks.
The Loggers continue their season-opening homestand with a 6 p.m. game on Tuesday against Northwest.