Loggers top Cal Lutheran, 71-63; win streak at nine games

Loggers top Cal Lutheran, 71-63; win streak at nine games

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.

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Four Loggers scored in double figures, including 17 points from both Amanda Forshay and Katy Ainslie. Emily Sheldon added 15 points and seven rebounds, and Alexis Noren chipped in with 13 points.

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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