Puget Sound hits the road to take on Lewis & Clark, Willamette

Puget Sound hits the road to take on Lewis & Clark, Willamette

TACOMA, Washington – Not only does the Puget Sound women's basketball team have a strong hold on a Northwest Conference Tournament bid, but the Loggers still have a shot at first place as they head into the weekend with road games at Lewis & Clark and Willamette.

 

WHO   Puget Sound at Lewis & Clark 
 WHEN   Feb. 8, 2019 | 6 p.m.
 WHERE   Portland, Ore. 
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WHO   Puget Sound at Willamette 
 WHEN   Feb. 9, 2019 | 4 p.m.
 WHERE   Salem, Ore. 
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Conference landscape

George Fox and Whitman are tied atop the NWC standing with 11-1 records in the conference. The Loggers are 9-3 in the NWC, while Linfield and Whitworth are tied for fourth at 6-6. With four NWC games remaining for each team in the regular season, only the top four qualify for the conference tournament.

 

Back to back

Jamie Lange was named the NWC Student-Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week. Lange notched her ninth double-double of the season when she scored 16 points and grabbed 15 boards during the Loggers' 63-58 home win over Pacific (Feb. 2). The day prior, Lange finished with 18 points and nine rebounds during an 82-62 triumph over Linfield. For the season, Lange is third in the NWC in scoring (17.0), second in rebounding (11.1), and second in field-goal percentage (52.2 percent).

 

Top 10 scorer

Elizabeth Prewitt needs just 13 points to become Puget Sound's No. 10 all-time scorer. With 1,205 career points, Prewitt is on her way to surpassing Amanda Forshay's '15 1,217 total.

 

Mara from a far

Mara Henderson had the best weekend of her season when the Loggers beat both Linfield (Feb. 1) and Pacific (Feb. 2) in Memorial Fieldhouse. Between the two games, Henderson averaged 12.5 points while shooting 7-for-10 from 3-point range. She didn't miss a shot in her 18 minutes against the Wildcats, and Henderson maintained her hot hand by connecting on all of her shots in the first half against Boxers.

 

Better on the boards

Puget Sound has consistently been one of the best rebounding teams in the NWC this season. The Loggers currently tied with Whitman for the conference lead in rebounds per game (41.8).

 

Top five

Several Loggers continue to rank top five in the Northwest Conference for a handful of statistics. Jamie Lange ranks third in scoring (17.0) and second in rebounding (11.1). She is also second in field-goal percentage (52.2 percent). Elizabeth Prewitt is the conference's fourth-leading scorer (16.6), and she ranks fifth in 3-point percentage (39.2 percent). Mara Henderson's 2.5 assist-turnover ratio is second in the NWC, and Gia Sorn is third in the NWC for blocked shots per game (1.2). Prewitt is third free-throw percentage (84.6 percent) and Sorn closely follows in fourth (82.4 percent).

 

Scouting Lewis & Clark (2-19, 1-11 NWC)

The Pioneers enter this weekend in the midst of a 15-game losing streak. The lone conference win game against Linfield, Dec. 1. In the NWC, the Pioneers are last in scoring (56.1), field-goal percentage (36.0 percent), assists per game (10.4), and they commit the most turnovers (21.3). Freshman Delsie Johnson is the team's high scorer (13.1). The Loggers beat the Pioneers, 78-61, in Memorial Fieldhouse earlier this season (Jan. 12).

 

Scouting Willamette (10-12, 5-8 NWC)

The Bearcats have been playing well lately, winning three of their last four games. Those wins are against Linfield, Whitworth, and Pacific, with the loss coming against Pacific Lutheran in overtime. Brittany Kochenderfer leads the NWC in rebounding with 11.3 boards per game. Willamette is second-to-last in scoring (58.6) in the NWC.