December 16, 2012

McKinnis' Double-Double Leads Defensive Minded Loggers Over Concordia

TACOMA, Wash. – A tough defensive effort from the Puget Sound women's basketball team led to a 68-58 win over Concordia on Sunday. Kelsey McKinnis turned in a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

The Loggers (7-3) held the Cavaliers (5-7) to just 22.7 percent shooting in the game and a 4-of-18 mark behind the three-point line. The Loggers shot 32.8 percent in the game.

Both teams struggled to score in the early stages of the game as both started 1-of-14 from the floor. The Cavs knocked down their first jumper of the game but were then held scoreless for just over eight minutes as they missed 13 straight shot attempts.

Meanwhile, four free throws from Sarah Stewart and two-point buckets from McKinnis and Jones gave the Loggers an 8-2 lead with 11:42 left in the first half. Malori Dixon finally ended the Cavs drought with 11:30 remaining with a layup.

The Loggers went on to methodically build a 31-21 lead at halftime behind a solid 15-point effort from their bench players. McKenna Daly scored the Cavs only bench points of the half. Allie Wyszynski led the Logger bench with six of her 16 points in the first half.

Wyszynski, a freshman, had one of the best nights of her young career on 5-of-8 shooting and a perfect 6-of-6 effort from the free throw line. She also pulled down four boards and had two assists.

Freshman Emily Sheldon aided the winning effort with five assists and three steals. She also scored six points on a pair of three-pointers and had three rebounds.

The Loggers kept their foot on the gas in the second half as they went on a 15-3 run over the first five minutes and saw their lead reach as much as 22 points.

Kelly Huey did her best to lead the Cavaliers back late in the second half as she scored 15 of her 17 points in the final period. However, the Loggers were able to keep the Cavs at bay as they held on for the win.

The Loggers will take a break away from competition for nearly two weeks but will take the floor on Dec. 29 at St. Martins in the final nonconference game.