TACOMA, Washington – Six Loggers scored in double figures as the No. 18 Puget Sound women's basketball team opened the new year with a 95-82 win over Willamette in Memorial Fieldhouse on Friday night.
Puget Sound (11-1, 3-0 NWC) shot a season-high 53.7 percent from the floor, despite shooting 4-for-14 (28.6 percent) from 3-point range.
Samone Jackson led all players with 20 points, and she accounted for all four of the Loggers' 3-point baskets. Elizabeth Prewitt netted 17 points and seven boards, while Claire Fitzgerald scored 12 points to go with five rebounds.
Alexis Noren tallied 16 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Caitlin Malvar continued to successfully run the offense with eight assists and 12 points. The freshman has 22 assists in her last three games.
Jamie Lange scored 13 points off the bench, and added five points and two blocks.
The Loggers' big first quarter put Willamette (8-4, 1-2 NWC) out of reach early. A layup by Prewitt put Puget Sound up, 12-6, three minutes into the game. Layups by Fitzgerald and Jackson within a lead pushed the advantage to 16-6. Jackson hit a 3-pointer with just over two minutes left in the first quarter to give the Loggers a 25-8 lead.
The Bearcats battled back to cut the Loggers' lead to 44-38 at halftime, but Puget Sound outscored Willamette, 51-44, in the final 20 minutes.
The Loggers are back home on Saturday, Jan. 7, to host Lewis & Clark at 4 p.m.
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