TACOMA, Wash. – Both teams surged but the Puget Sound women's basketball team emerged with a 74-57 win on Tuesday over Northwest. The Loggers (2-1) had three double digit scorers and turned the ball over just eight times.
Both teams struggled to find a shooting rhythm in the first half as the Loggers shot just 31 percent and the Eagles (0-5) shot just 23 percent. Ashley Agcaoili scored all 10 of her points in the first half to lead the Loggers to the halftime advantage. Emily Sheldon's three just before the buzzer put the lead in double digits at 34-23.
The Logger defense stifled the Eagles offense, forcing nine turnovers and holding the Eagles without a field goal for nearly eight minutes. Jordan Asher's jumper ended the drought with under one minute to go before the half.
Sarah Stewart and Kelsey McKinnis took over in the second half as the two combined for 28 points. McKinnis put up 17 of her 20 points in the second half and Stewart scored 11 of her 17 points in the half. McKinnis was 11-of-12 from the free throw line to key her second consecutive 20-point effort and Stewart was 6-of-12 from the field, including 5-of-8 in the second half.
The Loggers steadily pulled away in the second half but Northwest made a run back, slashing the lead to six on a layup from Domi Mendezona. Mendezona did all she could to keep her team in the game with 23 points while Carly Davis had 15 rebounds.
The Loggers quickly rebuilt their lead and were able to push their lead back to double digits where it would stay the rest of the night. The Loggers never trailed in the contest.
The Loggers turned the ball over just eight times on the night while forcing the Eagles to 14 turnovers. The Loggers held a 16-0 advantage in points off turnovers.
Sheldon finished the night with six points but had a team-high 10 rebounds for the Loggers.
The Loggers hit the road for the first time this weekend as the y head to Southern Oregon for two games, beginning with a matchup with Simpson at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.