TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound women's basketball team won its ninth consecutive game with a 71-63 home victory over Cal Lutheran on Saturday evening. The No. 24 Loggers (9-0) are off to the program's best start since the 2004-05 campaign when Puget Sound opened the season 10-0.
Puget Sound established the fast-pace tempo early as Forshay and Sheldon netted consecutive fast-break layups in the first minute of play, forcing the Regals (3-4) to call a timeout. Both sides challenged each other often with full-court pressure, but the Loggers' resiliency allowed Puget Sound to hold a lead for the entire game.
Cal Lutheran kept pace with the Loggers in the early going as the Regals were down by just one, 9-8, less than five minutes into the game. However, Hannah Lekson's 3-pointer gave the Loggers 12-8 cushion. The Regals once again pulled to within one point at 16-15, but a pair of free-throws by Sheldon followed by a jumper from Ainslie gave the Loggers a five-point lead.
Puget Sound held a 35-30 advantage at halftime.
The Loggers opened the second half with a 9-0 run that was capped off by a 3-pointer from Sheldon with 16:07 on the clock. Puget Sound held a double-digit lead for the rest of the second half, until the Regals made a run in the final two minutes.
The Loggers connected on a season-high 17 free-throws on 20 attempts (85 percent), and they were more conservative from the perimeter by attempting a season-low 10 3-pointers.
Puget Sound opens the 2015 calendar with a tall task when it plays its first Northwest Conference game of the season at No. 11 George Fox on January 3.
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