Loggers Run Into Hot-Shooting Pirates

SPOKANE, Wash. – Turnovers proved to be a key factor in the Puget Sound women's basketball team's 72-59 loss to Whitworth on Saturday. The Loggers (6-3, 0-2 NWC) shot 44.7 percent in the game but committed 21 turnovers in the game.

The Loggers scored the first four points of the game and led 7-6 after a three-pointer from Emily Sheldon. However, Lauren Picha gave the Pirates (7-1, 2-0 NWC) the 9-7 lead on the next possession with a three-pointer of her own, and the Pirates led the rest of the way.

Picha was on fire all night as she scored all of her game-high 18 points on three-pointers. She was 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. As a team, the Pirates heaved up 34 three-point shots, making 44.1 percent of those attempts in another key factor to the win.

Kelsey McKinnis led the Loggers with 11 points while Sarah Stewart had 10 points and eight rebounds. Emily Sheldon and Taylor Jones each had seven points off the bench.

The Pirates led by as many as16 points in the first half but Amanda Forshay cut the lead to nine just before halftime when her layup with six seconds left slashed the deficit to 34-25.

Layups from Stewart and Ashley Agcaoili just out of the gate in the second half quickly bought the Loggers within five points but the Pirates pushed the lead back into double digits just as quickly and never allowed the Loggers to get closer than six points the rest of the way.

The Loggers return home next week to face Concordia on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m.