PARKLAND, Washington – Emily Sheldon topped 20 points for the third consecutive game as the Puget Sound women's basketball team defeated Pacific Lutheran University 79-69 in overtime to open Northwest Conference play Tuesday evening. The Loggers overcame a six-point deficit with 24 seconds left to force overtime.
After a fairly even first quarter, PLU (1-2, 0-1 NWC) began to build a lead. The Lutes led (34-29) at halftime, and consistently held a lead until the fourth quarter. Pacific Lutheran led 63-57 with 24 seconds left in regulation.
Emily Sheldon made a three-pointer and a jump shot to close the deficit to one point, before Kaelyn Voss made one free throw to push the Lutes' lead to 64-62 with seven seconds remaining. Puget Sound (5-2, 1-0 NWC) fought back to tie the game 64-64 with a Alexis Noren layup at the buzzer to force overtime.
The two teams exchanged baskets in the overtime period before Emily Sheldon and Claire Fitzgerald each sunk a pair of free throws. Noren opened up a 72-66 lead for the Loggers with a layup halfway through the extra time. Puget Sound's defense stepped up and shut down the Lutes from that point forward, only allowing three points in the final 2:14 to secure the overtime victory.
Sheldon, who recently earned her second-consecutive NWC Student-Athlete of the Week honor, led the Loggers with a career-high 34 points. She also recorded nine rebounds and four assists. Alexis Noren recorded her third double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Allie Wyszynski chipped in 12 points.
Both teams shot 37.3 percent from the field. The Loggers were 6-for-22 (27.3 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Lutes were 6-for-18 (33.3 percent). Puget Sound was outrebounded 48-47.
Puget Sound will next play at George Fox on Friday, December 4 at 6 p.m.
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