SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The winning streak reached six on Sunday as the Puget Sound women's basketball team cruised past UC Santa Cruz 70-52. The win avenged the Loggers only loss of the season, which came against the Banana Slugs in the season-opener.
The Loggers (6-1) once again poured on the defense, holding the Slugs to just 32.7 percent shooting in the game. Meanwhile, the Loggers shot 42.9 percent, including a 46.2 percent effort from the three-point line.
Sarah Stewart led the Loggers in scoring with 15 points. She also pulled down eight rebounds. Kelsey McKinnis had nine points, marking the first game she has not reached double digits in scoring this season. Katy Ainslie had had six points and seven rebounds.
The Loggers used a big first half to build a 19-point halftime lead as they never trailed in the game. The Logger's bench came through with a big first half, outscoring the Slugs' bench 15-5. Allie Wyszynski's eight points led the effort from the bench.
The Loggers had 12 turnovers while only forcing 11 from the Slugs but came away with a big 12-2 advantage in points off turnovers, including a 10-0 advantage in the first half.
No Banana Slugs reached double digits in scoring but Leah Parrish and Ryane Ortiz each tallied nine points.
The Loggers will return to the court to open Northwest Conference play with the long trip to eastern Washington next week. The Loggers face Whitman on Friday at 6 p.m. in Walla Walla, Wash.