SALEM, Oregon – Amanda Forshay recorded her fifth double-double of the season and Emily Sheldon continued her sharp-shooting as the Puget Sound women's basketball team came back to defeat Willamette, 65-49, on Saturday evening.
Forshay scored 13 points and added 13 rebounds for the double-double. Sheldon had a team-high 18 points in the win. She went 8-for-18 from the field and added two 3-pointers. Katy Ainslie nearly had a double-double for the Loggers as well. She scored 16 points and came up with nine rebounds. As a team, the Loggers recorded 50 rebounds, their highest mark in a Northwest Conference match this season.
The Loggers (18-3, 9-3 NWC) opened the game by going down early. The Bearcats (6-15, 1-11) held onto a lead through the half, leading by as much as 11 points during a stretch.
At halftime Willamette held a 28-21 lead.
The Loggers opened the second half by going on an 11-2 run to regain the lead, 32-30. During the run, Ainslie contributed six points.
The game then was tied twice at 32-32 and 38-38 before the Loggers were able to pull away from the Bearcats on a 9-0 run all scored by Forshay.
The Loggers increased their lead to 13 as they went on an 8-0 run with 6:35 remaining. Sheldon and Allie Wyszynski combined for the eight points that gave the Loggers a 55-42 lead.
Puget Sound ended the game on another 8-0 run capped off by a layup from Claire Fitzgerald to win the game with the biggest lead of the night, 16 points.
The Loggers shot 38.7 percent (29-for-75) from the floor, and held the Bearcats to just 31.5 percent (17-for-54). The Loggers had just three turnovers compared to Willamette's 12.
Puget Sound looks to carry this momentum as it faces Linfield on the road at 6pm on Friday, Feb. 13.
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