NEWBERG, Oregon – For the first time in 10 years, the Puget Sound women's basketball team beat George Fox in Newberg, Oregon. The No. 12/13 Loggers outlasted the No. 24/24 Bruins, 83-76, on Friday night, marking Puget Sound's first win at George Fox since March 3, 2007.
Elizabeth Prewitt led all players with 20 points, and Alexis Noren recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The senior also came away with four steals and three assists. Jamie Lange came off the bench to score 17 points and grab eight rebounds, and Samone Jackson scored 16 points for the Loggers (17-1, 9-0 NWC).
Caitlin Malvar played in all but one minute of the game, as the freshman scored nine points and dished out seven assists. She has at least seven assists in five games this season, and is averaging a team-high 3.7 dimes.
The Bruins (14-4, 6-3 NWC) had a more efficient night shooting the ball from the floor, finishing with a 49.1 percent field-goal percentage to the Loggers' 42.4 percent. However, George Fox missed 14 free throws and shot just 50 percent (14-for-28) from the line. Puget Sound shot 72.2 percent (26-for-36) from the charity stripe.
The Loggers committed just 12 turnovers against the Bruins' notorious high-pressure defense. George Fox turned the ball over 19 times.
George Fox claimed a seven-point lead with 7:24 left in the fourth quarter when Kylin Collman's free-throw made it a 66-59 game. Prewitt answered back with a 3-ponter, and two possessions later Malvar hit a 3-pointer to bring the Loggers to within 66-65 with 5:53 on the clock.
The Bruins went on a quick 4-0 run to take a five-point lead, but a layup by Noren kept the Loggers close. Following a defensive stop, Jackson hit a 3-pointer to even the score, 70-70, with 3:42 left in regulation.
Consecutive buckets by Claire Fitzgerald and Prewitt put the Loggers ahead, 75-72, with just under two minutes to play. The Bruins followed with two points, but Lange was fouled on the Loggers' next possession and the freshman made both of her free-throws to keep Puget Sound ahead, 77-74.
The Bruins' Kaycee Creech went 1-for-2 from the line in George Fox's next possession, and the Loggers called timeout with just over one minute on the clock. Out of the huddle, Noren provided the exclamation point for the Loggers with a nifty drive to the basket for two points and a 79-75 Puget Sound lead with 39 seconds left.
The Loggers aim to increase their winning streak to 11 games when they tipoff at Linfield on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m.
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