SALEM, Oregon – Jamie Lange is only a freshman, and her name is already well known throughout the Northwest Conference. Lange scored 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds during the No. 7/10 Puget Sound women's basketball team's 76-64 win at Willamette on Saturday.
The Loggers (20-1, 12-0 NWC) pushed their win streak to 13 games and remain undefeated in the Northwest Conference.
Lange played a season-high 29 minutes off the bench against the Bearcats (11-10, 4-8). She shot 7-for-13 from the floor and 7-for-10 from the free-throw line. Lange's 18 rebounds were split evenly between the defensive and offensive glass.
Willamette tested the Loggers early and held on to a 21-17 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Bearcats' lead grew to 27-21 early in the second quarter, but that's when the Loggers started chipping away.
A free-throw by Lange sparked an 8-2 run for Puget Sound. Samone Jackson's 3-pointer with 4:15 left in the first half tied the game, 29-29. The Loggers carried a 37-34 edge into halftime.
The Bearcats regained a five-point lead, 45-40, just three minutes into the second half. One again, Jackson came through with a trey in a big moment, giving the Loggers a 51-49 lead with 3:45 left in the third quarter. Puget Sound did not relinquish its lead for the rest of the game.
Jackson finished with 25 points while shooting 6-for-10 from 3-point range. Caitlin Malvar tallied 19 points, five rebounds and four assists in the win.
Through 12 conferene games this season, Lange is averaging 13 points and 7.8 rebounds in only 16.1 minutes per game.
The Loggers return to Memorial Fieldhouse on Friday, Feb. 10, for showdown between nationally-ranked teams when Puget Sound tips off against No. 18/13 Whitman at 6 p.m.
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