Another Heartbreaker, Pios Sneak Away From Loggers

TACOMA, Wash. – Seven ties, seven lead changes. The game was close the whole way but the Puget Sound suffered another heartbreaking loss to 11th-ranked Lewis & Clark. This time it was a 76-74 loss on the Loggers' home floor.

Kelsey McKinnis turned in a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Loggers (12-10, 5-8 NWC) but the Pioneers (20-2, 11-2 NWC) received double-doubles from Kristina Williams and Tayler Wang to fuel the win.

Williams ended with 21 points and 11 boards while Wang had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Sarah Stewart scored 15 points for the Loggers while Amanda Forshay pitched in 10 points.

The Loggers started both halves on a small runs to build initial leads. They started the game on a 7-0 run over the first five minutes. That would match the largest lead by either team the rest of the way. Once the Pios broke their silence they scored the next six points to pull within one.

The Loggers built another seven point lead on a jumper from Katy Ainslie but the Pios responded with a 9-0 run to take a 25-23 lead on a couple free throws from Casey Zinn. A strong rebounding effort fueled the first half comeback as the Pios pulled down 13 offensive rebounds in the half. They seized momentum and held a 35-32 lead at the half.

A couple quick buckets from Amanda Forshay and Sarah Stewart started a quick 10-1 run that ended with a 42-36 Logger advantage just four minutes into the half. Another Ainslie jumper gave the Loggers a 50-43 advantage just three minutes later.

An 11-4 run tied the game back up at 54-54 on a layup with Katie Anderson. Neither team led by more than five the rest of the way with both teams shooting over 20 free throws in the final 20 minutes. Their were four more lead changes over the last 10 minutes.

A layup from Sara Villanueva with 1:44 to go pushed the Pio lead to five but Stewart found her way inside for a layup and the Loggers forced a quick turnover moments later. Another layup from Erin Stumbaugh brought the Loggers back within one. The teams traded buckets and free throws and the Loggers were down one with six seconds remaining.

Wang knocked down the first of two free throws and the Loggers pushed the ball after she missed the second. However, they couldn't get a clean shot off as time expired on the Loggers upset bid.

The Loggers will look to rebound tomorrow when they host Linfield at 6 p.m.