TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound women's basketball team nearly upset one of the best teams in the country, but George Fox pulled away in the final minutes, 77-73, during Pink Night at Memorial Field House on Friday. The Puget Sound Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted Pink Night in an effort to raise awareness of all forms of cancer.
Puget Sound is ranked No. 22/25 (D3hoops / USA Today) in the country, and George Fox is No. 5/7.
The Loggers led by two at halftime, 39-37, but they began to pull away midway through the second half. Olivia Roberts' 3-pointer with 11:30 on the clock gave Puget Sound its first double-digit lead, 52-42. Ainslie followed with a jumper from the left side to push the lead to 54-42.
The Bruins caught fire from 3-point range as they battled back to even the score, 63-63. The Loggers regained the lead, 65-63, when Emily Sheldon converted on a hard drive to the rim with 3:30 to go. However, the Bruins rallied to score eight unanswered points and claim a 71-65 lead with 1:20 left in regulation.
Forshay's layup brought the Loggers to within 73-67, and Puget Sound's immediate full-court pressure forced a Bruin turnover. Sheldon capitalized on the miscue by hitting a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 73-70 with 30 seconds left, but George Fox hit crucial free-throws down the stretch to seal the win.
The Loggers return to action at Pacific Lutheran on Tuesday, Feb. 3, for a 6 p.m. tipoff against the crosstown Lutes.
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