PARKLAND, Wash. – It was exactly the night the Puget Sound women's basketball needed. Big games from senior Kelsey McKinnis and sophomore Amanda Forshay broke the Loggers (11-9, 4-7 NWC) out of their five-game slump, leading the Loggers to a 70-54 win at Pacific Lutheran.
Forshay led all players with 20 points but McKinnis looked to do it all with 18 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. The pair combined 25 of the Loggers' 36 points in the second half to key he big lead and eventually the win.
The high output for McKinnis meant just a little bit more as she moved up to seventh on the Loggers' all-time scoring list, passing former teammate Jocelyn Riordan (1,320 points). She now totals 1,328 career points.
The Loggers found themselves trailing 22-19 near the midway point of the opening half. Forshay knocked down a three-pointer to tie it and then gave the Loggers the lead one minute later as she hit a layup and drew the foul. After her free throw, the Loggers led 25-22 and never looked back.
The Lutes had hit seven of their first 11 shot attempts to build the slight lead but went cold over the final nine-plus minutes. The Loggers finished the half on a 17-2 run over that time frame to take a 36-24 lead into the locker room.
The run continued into the second half as the lead reached 20 points when another Forshay three-pointer found the bottom of the net and put the Loggers up 50-30.
The Lutes did their best to come back and came within 12 on a Kara Sherman jumper with 1:43 to go. She finished with 11 points while Samantha Potter and Megan Abdo each had 12 points.
However, that would be as close as they would get as the Loggers kept the lead in double digits and knocked down a few late free throws to secure the much-needed victory.
The Loggers will look to stay on the winning track on Saturday when they travel down to take on Willamette at 6 p.m.