by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth Pirates battled back from a fifteen-point deficit but couldn't come away with a win, falling 59-54 to the Puget Sound Loggers Friday evening.
Jamie Lange led all scorers with 26 points thanks in large part to a 16-17 effort at the free throw line. Elizabeth Prewitt contributed 10 points to join Lange as the only Loggers (12-3, 5-2 NWC) in double figures.
Sydney Abbott led the Pirates (8-8, 3-4 NWC) with 11 points and 4 steals. Whitworth forced 29 Puget Sound turnovers with 16 steals as a team.
The Loggers controlled the game's initial minutes. After Madison Abbott opened the scoring with a layup, Puget Sound scored 12 straight points to take a commanding early lead. Jamie Lange opened and closed the run with a pair of layups and also halted Whitworth's response at five points by making four straight free throws.
The Bucs entered the second quarter down 22-10, but their defense kept them in the game through halftime. Whitworth allowed just two field goals in the period and none over the half's final 7:15.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, Puget Sound's second quarter defense was almost as good, allowing just seven points in the period. No team scored over the final 3:27 of the quarter, and the Loggers led 27-17 at halftime.
The Pirates made their run in the third quarter. Whitworth used a press defense to force five Logger turnovers during a 14-2 run that left the Pirates up 33-32 at its conclusion. The Bucs tied the game on a traditional three-point play from Madison Abbott, who spun around her defender before laying in a basket.
The Bucs built their way up to a 42-38 lead at the end of the third quarter, but Puget Sound tied the game at 50 before going on a 6-0 run to come away with the win. Lange led the team with eight points in the quarter.
Whitworth shot 40% (22-55) from the floor and 11.8% (2-17) from beyond the arc. Puget Sound made 32.6% (14-43) of its baskets and 23.5% (4-17) of its three-pointers. The Loggers shot 77.1% (25-37) from the free throw line, outpacing the Pirates 50% (8-16) night at the charity stripe.
Madison Moffat led the Bucs in both rebounds (8) and assists (5). She also scored six points and finished with three steals.
Whitworth is back in action Saturday evening when it hosts Pacific Lutheran at 4:00 p.m.