The University of Puget Sound women team picked a bad night to have one of their worst shooting performances of the season.
On Saturday at Memorial Fieldhouse — on senior night, no less — the Loggers shot 25.8 percent from the field in a 71-53 basketball loss to George Fox. UPS (14-11 overall, 7-9 Northwest Conference) did not qualify for the NWC postseason tournament.
“I thought we had some good looks tonight, but I think we also rushed some shots as well,” UPS coach Loree Payne said.
UPS finished 16 of 62 from the field. The Loggers started cold, missing 17 of their first 22 shots.
Early foul trouble and turnovers from George Fox (19-6 overall, 12-4 Northwest Conference) kept the Loggers close for a while. With 10 minutes, 32 seconds to play in the first half, UPS trailed by seven.
But the bigger Bruins outscored Puget Sound 20-4 in the paint in the first 20 minutes, and back-to-back layups by Megan Arnoldy gave George Fox a 34-20 lead with 3:23 remaining in the first half.
UPS closed the half strong, and two free throws by senior Kelsey McKinness — who scored 12 points in the first half but was just 2 of 10 from the field – cut the Bruins’ lead to 34-27 at the half. That was a close as the Loggers would get.
Arnoldy led all scorers with 21 points. McKinnis finished with 14 points to lead the Loggers.
Lewis & Clark 79, at Pacific Lutheran 53: The Pioneers improved to 23-2, 14-2 in the NWC. PLU (6-17, 3-13) got 15 points from Sarah Barnes.
Lewis & Clark 55, at PLU 50: The Lutes (8-16, 6-9) cut an 11-point deficit to 53-50 on Cameron Reister’s 3-pointer with 1:19 to go, but James Hollins hit both free throws a minute later to clinch the Pioneers a road victory in Parkland.
George Fox 88, at UPS 83 (OT): Back-to-back 3-pointers by George Fox’s A.J Grant and Sean Atkins early in the extra period were enough to get the Bruins going. The Loggers (9-16, 4-12) sent the game into overtime on Rex Holmes’ layup with 15 seconds remaining, tying it at 76.