TACOMA, Washington – A gritty defensive team effort and a game-high 15 points by Amanda Forshay allowed the Puget Sound women's basketball team to edge past Lewis & Clark on Friday night, 52-45.
The Loggers (12-1, 3-1 NWC) held the Pioneers (6-9, 3-3 NWC) to just 36.5 percent shooting from the floor and forced 18 turnovers. Offensively, Puget Sound had a tough time finding a groove. The Loggers shot just 33.3-percent in the first half, but they bounced back with a 46.2-percent mark in the second half.
Puget Sound opened the game with an 11-2 lead following a jump shot by Katy Ainslie (eight points, eight rebounds) four minutes to the first half. A 3-pointer by Forhshay have the Loggers a 20-11 advantage with just over nine minutes on the clock, but the Pioneers began to battle back.
Lewis & Clark ended the opening half on 7-3 run, though Puget Sound held a 23-18 lead at halftime.
The Loggers claimed their first double-digit lead, 35-23, when Hannah Lekson (seven points) hit a 3-pointer with 13:36 on the clock in the second half. The Pioneers got as close as four points, 39-35, with six minutes left in the game. From that point on, however, the Loggers shot 5-for-9 from the floor, including five points by Forshay during that stretch.
The Loggers return to the parquet on Saturday, Jan. 17, when they host Linfield for a 4 p.m. tipoff.
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