NEWBERG, Oregon – One of the most storied women's basketball seasons in Puget Sound history came to a close on Saturday night when the Loggers lost at George Fox, 67-49, in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The Loggers, ranked No. 18 in the nation by D3Hoops.com, matched a program-best 24 wins and reached the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time.
Amanda Forshay closed out her collegiate career with her sixth double-double of the season after netting 10 points and grabbing 14 boards. Hannah Lekson was a force off the bench and scored 11 points in 18 minutes for the Loggers.
"This was a great year for us, and I credit that success to our senior class," said Puget Sound head coach Loree Payne. "When they came here four years ago, they had the goal to make big things happen, and they achieved just that."
The No. 3 Bruins grabbed their first double-digit lead of the game at 25-14 with 7:48 on the clock in the first half. George Fox maintained its double-digit lead for the rest of the game.
The Bruins' full-court pressure forced the Loggers into 12 first-half turnovers. On the other end of the floor, George Fox wasn't shy from beyond on the arc and connected of six of 13 3-point attempts en route to a 42-24 lead at halftime.
In all, the Loggers kept pace with George Fox in shooting efficiency, as Puget Sound shot 40 percent and the Bruins shot 43.1 percent. The Loggers won the battle on the boards, 33-31, but 20 turnovers to George Fox's 12 proved to be a critical difference.
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