PARKLAND, Wash. – It was exactly the night the Puget Sound women's basketball needed. Big games from senior Kelsey McKinnis and sophomore Amanda Forshay broke the Loggers (11-9, 4-7 NWC) out of their five-game slump, leading the team to a 70-54 win at Pacific Lutheran.
Forshay led all players with 20 points, but McKinnis looked to do it all with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists. The pair combined 25 of the Loggers' 36 points in the second half to key the big lead and eventually the win.
The high output from McKinnis meant just a little bit more as she moved up to seventh on the Loggers' all-time scoring list, passing former teammate Jocelyn Riordan (1,320 points). She now totals 1,328 career points.
The Loggers found themselves trailing 22-19 near the midway point of the opening half. Forshay knocked down a three-pointer to tie it and then gave the Loggers the lead one minute later as she hit a layup and drew the foul. After her free throw, the Loggers led 25-22 and never looked back.
The Lutes had hit seven of their first 11 shot attempts to build the slight lead, but went cold over the final nine-plus minutes. The Loggers finished the half on a 17-2 run over that time frame to take a 36-24 lead into the locker room.
The run continued into the second half as the lead reached 20 points when another Forshay three-pointer found the bottom of the net and put the Loggers up 50-30.
The Lutes did their best to come back and came within 12 on a Kara Sherman jumper with 1:43 to go. She finished with 11 points, while Samantha Potter and Megan Abdo each had 12 points.
However, that would be as close as they would get as the Loggers kept the lead in double digits and knocked down a few late free throws to secure the much-needed victory.
The Loggers will look to stay on the winning track on Saturday when they travel down to take on Willamette at 6 p.m.
PARKLAND, Wash. – A career night for sophomore Derek Jobe lifted the Puget Sound men's basketball team to a 76-60 win at Pacific Lutheran on Tuesday. Jobe finished the game with a career-high 26 points.
Jobe found the shooting streak he had been looking for, as he was 10-of-17 from the field and 6-of-10 behind the three-point arc. He also grabbed four rebounds.
Jobe had just four points through much of the first half. The Lutes (5-15, 3-8 NWC) were on fire out of the gates, sinking 12 of their first 15 shots. Despite the hot shooting, the Loggers (7-13, 2-9 NWC) held a significant turnover advantage (9-3 in the first half) to keep the game close.
With just under five minutes left, Jobe went off. He scored the final nine points of the first half over that span while the Lutes went scoreless, turning a 36-31 deficit into a 40-36 advantage at the half.
The run continued into the second half as Gabe Borboa's short jumper extended the run to 11-0. At the 17:30 mark, the Lutes finally broke their scoreless streak after over seven minutes of silence.
The Loggers had seized the momentum already with a 10-4 run to open the half, and Jobe continued his hot-shooting ways. With 14:28 to go, his three put the lead into double digits for the first time.
Although the lead reached 15 points, the Lutes knocked it back into double digits late in the game. Arvid Isaksen's bucket with about four minutes left sliced the lead to eight.
However, Jobe's sixth and final three-pointer of the night came moments later to put the lead back in double digits where it stayed the rest of the way.
Cameron Schilling led the hot-handed Lutes as he opened the game 6-for-6 and finished 19 points. Andrew Earnest added in 12 points to the effort.
Rex Holmes contributed 15 points for the Loggers, while Gabe Borboa had eight points and led the effort on the glass with seven rebounds.
The Loggers will hit the road for the final time this season for an 8 p.m. game at Willamette on Saturday.