TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound women's basketball team is developing a knack for second-half comebacks. The Loggers topped Pacific, 71-64, despite rarely holding a lead through the first 30 minutes of the game.
Allie Wyszynski led the Loggers (11-1, 2-1 NWC) with 15 points, one-point shy of matching her career-best mark. Amanda Forshay added 12 points and eight rebounds, while Katy Ainslie scored 10 points to go with seven boards.
Puget Sound held a couple of fleeting leads in the first half, with one-point advantages at 13-12 and 20-19. The Boxers (6-7, 2-2 NWC) went on an 11-2 run to claim a 30-22 lead midway through the first half, but the Loggers pieced together a run of their own as an Erin Stumbaugh jumper evened the score, 38-38, with 2:33 left in the first half. Pacific netted one more basket to take a 40-38 edge into halftime.
The Boxer lead grew to as many as nine points, 52-43, seven minutes into the second half. From there, Puget Sound's Hannah Lekson hit a pair of free-throws to spark a 10-1 run for the Loggers. Wyszynski's jumper with 9:15 on the clock evened the score, 53-53, and Alex Noren's layup 90 seconds later put the Loggers ahead, 58-56.
A strong defensive effort down the stretch allowed Puget Sound to maintain its lead for the remainder of the game. The Loggers led by as many as eight points after a layup by Wyszynski made the score 64-56 with just over six minutes remaining.
After shooting 47.1 percent in the first half, the Boxers shot just 30.8 percent in the second half. The Logger defense forced Pacific into 11 turnovers during the final period.
Puget Sound returns to the hardwood when it hosts Lewis & Clark on Friday, Jan 16, for a 6 p.m. tipoff.
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