The last time Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran met, it was in early December in Parkland — a Loggers overtime triumph.
Loggers freshman point guard Samone Jackson went scoreless in 27 minutes.
Jackson was much better Tuesday night with a game-high 17 points — 15 coming in the first half — as the Puget Sound women swept the season series with a 70-48 victory against Pacific Lutheran at Memorial Fieldhouse.
In fact, UPS (12-6, 7-2 Northwest Conference) swept the Lutes for a seventh consecutive season.
With a win, the Loggers moved into second place by a half-game over Whitman, and host league-leading and second-ranked George Fox on Saturday night in Tacoma.
Since her re-insertion into the starting lineup four games ago, Jackson has averaged 15.5 points per game and made a total of 10 3-pointers.
“Samone is tough,” UPS coach Loree Payne said. “At that point guard position as a freshman, it is a tough transition. We just needed her to play a little bit more consistently.”
“She is a confident player. She has swag. She is a scoring point guard that pushes tempo, and it has really sparked our team.”
Jackson was the catalyst in the second quarter in the Loggers’ decisive 12-0 run. The Edmonds product sank a right-side 3-pointer, then picked PLU point guard Megan Abdo at midcourt 90 seconds later for a steal and layup to give UPS a 26-14 lead with 6:57 to go before halftime.
“I am more confident now,” Jackson said. “At the beginning of the season, I was the little freshman coming into a big team.”
The Lutes, who went scoreless for 4 1/2 minutes during the UPS run, committed 17 first-half turnovers. They have now lost four consecutive games.