TACOMA, Washington – Emily Sheldon led all players with 21 points as the No. 22 Puget Sound women's basketball team beat crosstown rival Pacific Lutheran on Tuesday night, 68-49.
Sheldon reached the 20-point mark for the third time this season after shooting 7-for-10 from the floor, 1-for-2 from 3-point range, and 6-for-8 from the free-throw line. She added seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals in the winning effort.
"I'm proud of how our team responded after a tough loss last Friday night," said Puget Sound head coach Loree Payne. "PLU played incredibly hard tonight, and there is always an added intensity in rivalry games."
Puget Sound held a 31-22 lead at halftime, as Amanda Forshay (14 points) netted a game-high 11 points in the first half The Loggers opened the second half on a 16-3 run that was capped off by Alex Noren's layup with 14:33 on the clock. A pair of free-throws by Erin Stumbaugh gave the Loggers a game-high 31-point lead, 66-35, with five minutes left in the game.
Puget Sound's stout defense forced 24 turnovers and limited the Lutes to just 32.7 percent shooting from the floor. The Loggers shot 47.4 percent for the game.
Puget Sound returns to action at Pacific on Friday, Feb. 6. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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