ASHLAND, Ore. – Senior Kelsey McKinnis made the most of her hometown visit with a career-high 36 points in a 93-81 win for the Puget Sound women's basketball team on Sunday. The Loggers (4-1) defeated Southern Oregon in McKinnis' hometown of Ashland, Ore. to run their winning streak to four games. Their 93 points also tied their highest scoring total under third year head coach Loree Payne.
McKinnis' 36 points were not just a career-high, but also the highest scoring game in the Loggers NCAA Division III history. She tied Keely Runing for the second highest total in school history and was just five points shy of Kristina Goos' school record of 41 points. Goos set the record in the 1995-1996 season against Central Washington.
McKinnis shot 11-of-19 from the floor and was 4-of-7 beyond the three-point arc to help the Loggers hand the Raiders (7-1) their first loss of the season. She also knocked down 10-of-12 free throws and grabbed eight rebounds in the win.
Erin Stumbaugh had another big night with 15 points, while Olivia Roberts pitched in 11 points in the winning effort, and Sarah Stewart was just one rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards.
A close game was broken open early with a 9-0 Logger lead. A three-point lead turned into 12 points around the midway point of the first half after the run. The lead reached as much as 17 points in the opening 20 minutes, and the Loggers took a 46-30 lead into halftime.
The Raiders made a run back at the Loggers as they cut the lead to as little as four points at multiple points in the half. Melissa Sweat led four Raiders in double digits with 25 points. She was 10-of-13 from the field in the game. Angelica Cahee added 15 points for the Raiders.
With just under two minutes left in the game, Sweat hit a jumper in the key to again cut the lead to four at 81-77. However, the Loggers responded by hitting 10 of their 12 final free throw attempts to all but ice the game. The Loggers hit their first eight free throw attempts during the stretch, while holding the Raiders scoreless to push the lead comfortably back to 12 points with less than one minute left.
The Loggers are back in action next weekend at the Hampton Inn Classic in Santa Cruz, Calif. The tournament will begin with a 3 p.m. tip against La Verne on Saturday.
ASHLAND, Ore. – Sophomore Erin Stumbaugh had a career night to lead the Puget Sound women's basketball team to a lopsided 81-49 win over Simpson on Saturday. Stumabugh had career-highs with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Eleven of the 12 Loggers to see time on the floor Saturday night had at least two points in the Loggers (3-1) third consecutive win. Kelsey McKinnis also had 17 points to help lead the rout, while Sarah Stewart added 10 points. Allie Wyszynski contributed 12 points off the bench.
Wyszynski and Stumbaugh combined to score 29 of the Loggers' 43 bench points. Stumbaugh was 7-of-9 from the floor.
Simpson (2-5) took the initial lead and stayed within 10 points of the Loggers until later in the first half. A pair of free throws from McKinnis with 6:14 left in the first half pushed the lead to double digits where it stayed the rest of the night. The free throws were on the front end of a 13-4 run that saw the lead reach as much as 18 in the first half.
After holding a 15-point lead at the half, the Loggers continued to shoot well and extend their lead. They shot 50 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes as their lead reached as much as 34 points.
Emily Sheldon's eight rebounds led a solid rebounding effort from the Loggers, who held a 54-28 rebounding advantage. Stumbaugh pulled down five of her eight boards on the offensive end as the Loggers tallied 21 offensive boards in the contest.
Next up for the Loggers was the 2 p.m. matchup on Sunday with Southern Oregon (see above).