TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound women's basketball team scored the first four points of the game and never looked back in a 75-45 win over Willamette on Friday. Emily Sheldon's 13 points led a balanced scoring effort for the Loggers (9-4, 2-2 NWC).
Katy Ainslie established the early Logger lead as she knocked down a turnaround jumper in the paint just 13 seconds into the game. From there, the Logger defense fueled the decisive victory, holding the Bearcats (0-11, 0-2 NWC) to just 32.1 percent shooting.
After jumping out to a 12-4 lead on a jumper from Olivia Roberts, the Bearcats never came closer than five points as the Loggers led comfortably for most the night. The scoring load was spread out among the Loggers as six players scored at least seven points.
The Loggers also dished out 18 assists on the night, led by four assists each from Olivia Roberts and Ashley Agcaoili.
While the Loggers kept the Bearcats on lockdown, the offense found its rhythm. The Loggers shot 46.2 percent on the night and drained seven three-pointers on just 13 attempts.
The lead continued to grow quickly in the second half as the Bearcats were held to just 26.9 percent shooting in the period. Sophie Wilson scored 15 points on five three-pointers to lead the Bearcats while Julia Brand added in 10 points.
The Loggers shot 50 percent over the final 20 minutes as the lead ballooned to 33 points when Taylor Jones drained a three-pointer with 7:05 remaining. The Loggers then cruised the rest of the way for the big win.
With the win, the Loggers climbed up to .500 in NWC play. They look to go above .500 next Friday when they travel to Linfield.
TACOMA, Wash. – A 13-2 run to open the game helped boost the Puget Sound men's basketball team to its first conference win of the season – 75-62 over Willamette. Rex Holmes scored a season-high 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting to lead the Loggers (6-7, 1-3 NWC) to the home win.
Holmes appropriately scored the first four points of the night for the Loggers, who opened the game on a 13-2 run. Holmes was responsible for six of those points during the run while Rex Nelson scored four of his 13 points to help maintain it. AJ Maw's first three-pointer of the night capped the run and the Loggers never trailed in the contest.
The Bearcats (4-7, 1-1 NWC) were not to be discouraged as they closed the gap to five points in just a minute and a half. The teams went on to trade runs in the half as a Riggs Yarbro bucket, with 5:34 left, opened a 32-17 lead. Alex Brown helped the Bearcats answer when his layup, with 1:37 left, closed the lead to just 10 points, and Terrell Malley's free throw slashed the lead back into single digits just before halftime.
Yarbro looked to make a statement as he finished at the rim just seven seconds into the second half. Another three from Maw pushed the lead back to 17 points, but the Bearcats refused to go down. Tyler Conger's layup just three minutes later saw the lead shrink back into single digits.
The teams seemed to trade baskets over the next few minutes, and the Loggers steadily grew their lead back up to 17. The Bearcats would make a small run back as Elliott Bobcock-Krenk scored all 11 of his points in the second half to keep the visitors in the game.
However, the lead stayed in double digits the rest of the way, and the Loggers hung on for their first conference win.
Holmes' scored 12 of his 23 points in the second half, while he also dished out a pair of assists, grabbed five rebounds, and recorded four steals. Nelson finished with 13 points and six boards, while Yarbro had 10 points and pulled down seven boards. Sean Dart had nine points and seven rebounds for the Bearcats.
The Loggers used a suffocating, full-court defense for nearly all 40 minutes and forced 20 turnovers from the Bearcats. The Loggers also found their way inside on the offensive end, with 46 points in the paint compared to 26 from Willamette.
The Loggers are out on the road for the next two weeks, starting with a trip to Linfield next Friday.