PORTLAND, Ore. – What looked to be a sweet-tasting upset suddenly turned into a bitter defeat. A last-second layup sent the Puget Sound women's basketball team away with a 58-56 loss at No. 9 Lewis & Clark.
The Loggers (10-5, 3-3 NWC) had not trailed for nearly 13 minutes but Katie Anderson came away the hero as she found her way to the rim and laid in the game-winning bucket for the Pioneers (14-1, 5-1 NWC) with 0.4 seconds left on the clock.
After falling behind by five points early in the second half, the Loggers took a 42-40 advantage with 12:47 left on a three-pointer from Amanda Forshay. The Pios had the game tied up four times over the final dozen minutes but never led until Anderson's deciding layup.
The Loggers never led by more than four points over the final 12:47 as they looked to hold on for the upset. Their latest four-point lead came with 3:35 to go. The Pios applied the full court press out of a timeout but Emily Sheldon led the press break and drove to the rim for an easy layup.
A free throw from Sara Villanueva and two more from Kristina Williams had the Loggers lead sliced to one. Sarah Stewart then pulled down a clutch offensive rebound and her put-back gave the Loggers a 56-53 lead with 2:14 left.
Villanueva then knocked down a jumper on the Pios next possession to slice the lead back to one. After a defensive stop, she drew a foul and hit the second of two free throws to tie up the game for the eighth time.
Both teams came up empty on their next trips down the floor as the game remained tied in the final minute. The Logger pushed up the floor but Kelsey McKinnis' shot rimmed out with 17 seconds left. The Pios secured the rebound and called timeout to set up Anderson's heroic layup.
The game was back and forth in the first half as well as the Loggers led by as many as six points early on only to have the Pios erase that lead and take seven-point lead at its greatest.
The Loggers fought back late in the first half to erase the seven-point deficit and the teams traded leads a couple time. McKinnis banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Loggers a 29-28 lead at the break.
Lewis & Clark was just 1-of-27 behind the three-point line while the Loggers drained of 6-of-17 long range attempts. McKinnis hit three treys to fuel a game-high 18 point effort. She also grabbed nine rebounds. Katy Ainslie had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Loggers.
Anderson ended with 10 points for the Pios, who were led by 17 points and 10 rebounds from Taylor Wang. Williams also had a Pio double-double with 10 points and 14 boards.
The Loggers return to Oregon next weekend to face George Fox on Friday and Pacific on Saturday.