TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound women's basketball team came back from a 19-point deficit to tie No. 2/3 George Fox (USA Today / D3hoops.com) late in the fourth quarter, but the veteran Bruins pulled away for a 78-72 win in Memorial Fieldhouse on Saturday evening.
Puget Sound (12-7, 7-3 NWC) is the first Northwest Conference team to finish within single digits of George Fox (19-0, 9-0 NWC) this season.
The Bruins held a 57-38 lead midway through the third quarter, but Alexis Noren's lay up capped off a 10-0 Logger run that cut the deficit to single digits, 57-48. Emily Sheldon scored five consecutive points to end the third quarter with the Bruins clinging to a 60-53 lead.
George Fox managed to push its advantage to 12 points, 67-55, early in the fourth quarter, but consecutive baskets by Elizabeth Prewitt and Allie Wyszynski made it an eight-point game. The Loggers followed with a defensive stop, and then Noren converted on an and-one layup to cut the deficit to 67-62.
Following another defensive stop, Samone Jackson hit a 3-pointer to make it 67-65 with under five minutes to play. The Bruins finally scored with a free-throw followed by jumper, pushing their lead to 70-65. But Jackson hit yet another free-throw and Prewitt's layup with 2:38 to play evened the score, 70-70.
From that point on, however, George Fox closed the game with an 8-2 run.
The Loggers needed a total team effort to keep pace with George Fox. Prewitt netted a career-high 17 points and added seven rebounds. Sheldon added 15 points, eight assists, and six rebounds, while Jacked finished with 14 points and shot 4-for-6 from 3-point range. Noren came away with 13 points, six boards, and four assists, and Wyszynski finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Puget Sound hits the road when they head to Lewis & Clark on Friday, Feb. 5, for a 6 p.m. tipoff.
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