TACOMA, Wash -
TACOMA, Wash. – A 10-0 third quarter run propelled the 19th-ranked Puget Sound Loggers to a 67-58 win over the Whitworth Pirates in the Northwest Conference women's basketball opener for both teams
Madison Moffat led the Pirates (3-2, 0-1 NWC) with a double-double, scoring 14 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Jamie Lange scored 20 and grabbed 14 boards for the Loggers (4-1, 1-0 NWC).
Through the first half, it looked like Whitworth could pull off an upset over Puget Sound. The Pirates led 16-12 after the first quarter thanks to a personal 5-0 run from Alli Kieckbusch to end the period.
Just like in their first four games, the Pirates fired away from behind the arc to earn their advantage, making four three-pointers in the game's inaugural quarter. They used it to stay in the game for most of the first half, shooting 46% from three.
The Loggers, however, used their advantage in the paint to retake the lead by halftime, entering the break with a 31-25 lead. Puget Sound would finish the game with eight more rebounds than the Pirates and a 16-11 lead in offensive boards. Whitworth entered the game with the most defensive rebounds per game in the country.
With 7:43 in the third, the Loggers pulled away. Keyed by a pair of threes from Mara Henderson, the Loggers went on a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 47-31 and essentially put the game away. Loggers led 61-42 at the end of the period.
The Pirates continued to battle, holding Puget Sound to just six points in the fourth quarter and forcing seven turnovers. In the end, the 19-point defect was too large and Whitworth fell for just the second time this season.
Grace Douglas and Camy Aguinaldo finished with 13 points each for the Pirates, who take on Pacific Lutheran tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. Kieckbusch also finished with double-figure scoring, dropping in 11 points on 5-10 shooting from the floor.
The Pirates shot 36% from the field and 40% from three-point range. They earned just nine free throws, but shot 78% from the stripe.