Amanda Forshay scored a career-high 30 points to lead the University of Puget Sound women’s basketball team to an 84-61 victory over Pacific (Ore.) on Saturday night at Memorial Fieldhouse.
The victory, coupled with a loss by Lewis and Clark, clinched a berth for the Loggers in the Northwest Conference tournament. Puget Sound (16-9, 9-7 NWC) will face No. 2-ranked Whitman (25-0, 16-0) in the first round Thursday in Walla Walla.
“It was a must-win game,” Loggers coach Loree Payne said. “We considered it our first playoff game and they came focused.”
Puget Sound dominated the rebounding and shot 48 percent from the field. The Loggers outrebounded the Boxers (8-16, 4-12) by a 47-31 margin, with a 15-6 advantage on the offensive glass.
Puget Sound held Pacific without a field goal for nearly seven-and-a-half minutes to open the game in building a commanding 17-3 cushion. The Boxers went on a quick 6-0 run to cut their deficit to nine. Forshay then scored 6 of 9 points for the Loggers as part of a 9-2 run as UPS seized control.
“We’re just really excited to be going to postseason,” Forshay said. “...We played well, we executed well and it was just a good win for us.”
At Linfield 92, Pacific Lutheran 68: Samantha Potter scored 23 points and hauled in 13 rebounds, Katelyn Smith scored 12 points and added 14 rebounds, but the Lutes (7-18, 3-13 NWC) couldn’t overcome the Wildcats’ (9-16, 5-11) high-powered offense.
Taylor Solomon scored a game-high 26 points for Linfield with Quincey Gibson chipping in 20 points, including a marksman-like 4-for-5 in 3-pointers.
Pacific (Ore.) 58, at Puget Sound 54: The Loggers couldn’t hold a second-half lead and dropped their regular-season finale to the Boxers at Memorial Fieldhouse in Tacoma.
The Loggers (14-11, 10-6 NWC) held a 41-35 lead midway through the second half but an 8-2 run by Pacific tied the game at 43-all.
The Boxers (16-9, 9-7) slowly built a four-point lead down the stretch. A layup from Rex Nelson helped UPS closed the game to 56-54 with 17.2 seconds to play, but Jordan Batey converted a pair of free throws to seal the win for Pacific.
Puget Sound faces Whitman (16-9, 11-5) Thursday night in the opening round of the NWC tournament.
At Linfield 67, Pacific Lutheran 47: Chris Dirks scored 16 points off the bench, and the Wildcats (5-20, 3-13 NWC) defeated the Lutes (8-17, 5-11).
Pacific Lutheran’s full roster of 15 players were all held to single-digit scoring, shooting 28.1 percent from the field.Staff contributed to this report