ASHLAND, Ore. – Senior Kelsey McKinnis made the most of her hometown visit with a career-high 36 points in a 93-81 win for the Puget Sound women's basketball team. The Loggers (4-1) defeated Southern Oregon in McKinnis' hometown of Ashland, Ore. on Saturday to run their winning streak to four games. Their 93 points also tied their highest scoring total under third year head coach Loree Payne.
McKinnis' 36 points were not just a career-high but also the highest scoring game in the Loggers NCAA Division III history. She tied Keely Runing for the second highest total in school history and was just five points shy of Kristina Goos' school record of 41 points. Goos set the record in the 1995-1996 season against Central Washington.
McKinnis shot 11-of-19 from the floor and was 4-of-7 beyond the three-point arc to help the Loggers hand the Raiders (7-1) their first loss of the season. She also knocked down 10-of-12 free throws and grabbed eight rebounds in the win.
Erin Stumbaugh had another big night with 15 points while Olivia Roberts pitched in 11 points in the winning effort and Sarah Stewart was just one rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards.
A close game was broke open early with a 9-0 Logger. A three-point lead turned into 12 points around the midway point of the first half after the run. The lead reached as much as 17 points in the opening 20 minutes and the Loggers took a 46-30 lead into halftime.
The Raiders made a run back at the Loggers as they cut the lead to as little as four points at multiple points in the half. Melissa Sweat led four Raiders in double digits with 25 points. She was 10-of-13 from the field in the game. Angelica Cahee added 15 points for the Raiders.
With just under two minute left in the game, Sweat hit a jumper in the key to again cut the lead to four at 81-77. However, the Loggers responded by hitting 10 of their 12 final free throw attempts to all but ice the game. The Loggers hit their first eight free throw attempts during the stretch while holding the Raiders scoreless to push the lead comfortably back to 12 points with less than one minute left.
The Loggers are back in action next weekend at the Hampton Inn Classic in Santa Cruz, Calif. The tournament will begin with a 3 p.m. tip against La Verne on Saturday.