FOREST GROVE, Oregon – Emily Sheldon scored a career-high 33 points as the Puget Sound women's basketball team beat Pacific on the road, 71-57, on Friday night. Her 33 points are the most by a Logger since Kelsey McKinnis scored 36 against Southern Oregon during the 2012-13 season. Sheldon and McKinnis have the top two single-game scoring highs by a Logger through the past 19 years.
Sheldon shot 12-for-25 from the floor, 2-for-6 from 3-point range, and 7-for-9 from the free-throw line. Amanda Forshay came up one point shy of a double-double as she finished with nine points and 10 rebounds in the winning effort. Katy Ainslie, who was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-District team, came away with eight points and eight boards.
"Emily had an amazing performance," said Puget Sound head coach Loree Payne. "I was also equally impressed with our team's defense and rebounding effort."
The Loggers outrebounded the Boxers, 47-34.
Sheldon's jumper midway through the first half gave the Loggers (17-3, 8-3 NWC) their first double-digit lead of the game, 20-9. The Boxers (8-12, 4-7 NWC) battled back to cut Puget Sound's lead to 32-24 at halftime.
Pacific went on a 16-2 run to claim a 46-43 lead with just over 10 minutes on the clock. However, Puget Sound answered right back as Ainslie's layup with 5:30 on the clock capped off a 15-2 run that gave the Loggers a 58-48 lead. Ashley Agcaoili shot 6-for-6 from the free-throw line down the stretch to seal the win.
"Tonight was a huge win for our team," said Payne. "We were able to close out the game with composure like a veteran team."
Puget Sound returns to action when they play at Willamette on Saturday, Feb. 7, for a 4 p.m. tipoff.