All Pacific Lutheran needed to end one of the longest Northwest Conference basketball winning streaks was a softer bounce.
Two of them, in fact.
For 40 minutes, the Lutes went toe to toe with third-ranked George Fox, but fell 62-60 on Friday night at Olson Auditorium.
The Lutes had a chance to win it on their final possession, but senior Megan Abdo missed a layup attempt with 1.3 seconds remaining.
Nicole Blizzard made one of two free throws on the George Fox end. PLU could not get another shot.
The Bruins (20-0, 11-0 in NWC) have won 30 consecutive conference games during the regular season, dating back to the 2013-14 season.
On the Lutes’ final trip, coach Jen Childress called a “3-down” play, giving Abdo the option to rub off a high pick and go to the basket, or feed Ionna Price for a mid-range jumper.
As Abdo darted to her left, she saw daylight and went hard to the basket. Her left-handed attempt was too hard.
“She loves her left hand,” Childress said.
Childress added the senior from Arlington makes that shot “nine” out of 10 times, and had won a couple of games doing that last season.
With 25 seconds remaining, Price — who led all scorers with 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting — also had an opportunity to give PLU (6-14, 2-9) a lead, but her bank shot also had too much steam.
Justine Benner missed a pair of free throws with 7.8 seconds to go, giving the Lutes their final chance.
“We had a game plan, stuck to it — and it worked,” Price said. “We haven’t had a game where we were all the same page until tonight. Everyone in the locker room now knows what our best is.”
Puget Sound 80, at Lewis & Clark 62: Samone Jackson tallied a game-high 25 points, and Emily Sheldon added 20 as the Loggers (13-7. 8-3) rolled to their fifth victory in six games by beating the Pioneers in Portland.
Jackson scored 10 points in the first quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers, as the Loggers went up, 23-13.
At PLU 67, George Fox 61: Eric Swartout’s driving banker and three-point play with 1:41 to go broke a 61-61 tie, and gave Lutes coach Steve Dickerson his 100th career victory at the school.
PLU (13-7, 6-5) got 15 points from Bryce Miller, and 14 from Brandon Lester.
George Fox had four ball-handling turnovers in the final 90 seconds that hindered its comeback.
UPS 76, at Lewis & Clark 69: Jimmy Wohrer scored a career-high 22 points off the bench, including 5-of-5 on 3-pointers, and the Loggers (12-8, 7-4) avenged an earlier home defeat with a win at the Pamplin Sports Center.
Wohrer’s 3-pointer midway through the second half gave UPS the lead for good, 51-50.