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Loggers Run Away With 82-59 Win Over Whitworth

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Faith Emerson led Whitworth in scoring with a career-high 22 points in the loss. Faith Emerson led Whitworth in scoring with a career-high 22 points in the loss.

by Whitworth Athletics

TACOMA, Wash. - Puget Sound set the tone with a 18-0 first quarter run and defeated visiting Whitworth 82-59 in a Northwest Conference women's basketball game on Friday night at Memorial Fieldhouse.

Whitworth dropped to 14-10 overall and 9-6 in the NWC.  The Loggers improved to 17-7 and 12-3, clinching second place in the NWC standings.

The game was tied 4-4 in the early minutes before UPS went on its game-changing run.  The Logger defense held the Pirates scoreless for the next five and a half minutes of the first quarter and Samone Jackson scored seven of the 18 points during that run.  By the time the first quarter came to an end the Loggers still held a 26-10 lead.

Alex Noren's layup three minutes into the second period gave UPS its first twenty point lead at 33-12.  The Loggers stretched that advantage to 44-17 just before halftime and led 44-20 at the break.

Jackson's three-pointer four minutes into the third quarter made the score 57-27 and the Loggers still led by 30 early in the fourth quarter.  Whitworth was able to whittle the margin to 19 when Faith Emerson drained two free throws to make the score 77-58.  But only 2:37 was left in the game at that point.

Emerson led Whitworth in scoring with a career-high 22 points.  KC McConnell finished with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.  No other Pirate reached double figures in scoring.  The Pirates were held to 34.5% shooting from the field.

Emily Sheldon scored a game-high 25 points for Puget Sound and led her squad with nine rebounds.  Jackson scored 16 points and dished six assists while Noren finished with 15 points.  The Loggers made 49% of their shots and outrebounded Whitworth 38-31.

Whitworth will close the regular season on Saturday night at Pacific Lutheran.  The Pirates have already clinched a spot in next week's NWC tournament and still have a shot to finish in third place in the NWC.

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