Coming out of the gates slow is something the Puget Sound Lady Loggers are not accustomed to. But they rallied late in overtime behind the 20 points of Kelsey McKinnis and the 11-point, 10-rebound effort from Lindsay Layland to stave off the gritty effort of Pacific Lutheran to claim a 65-58 win on Jan. 10 to improve to 8-6 overall and 4-1 in Northwest Conference play.
“We got a lot of energy after we recovered from our slow start,” said Loggers head coach Loree Payne. “Give PLU a lot of credit, Samantha Potter was great all night for them.”
Potter, who kept the Lady Lutes in the game with her 29 points and 18 rebounds, was a force for PLU all night in the paint.
“We tried everything we could on the defensive end but she would not be denied all night,” added Payne.
Trailing by double digits for good portions of both the first and second half, the Lutes began to chip away at the Loggers’ lead with Potter and Katelyn Smith leading the way. Smith, who chipped in with 14 points on the night, led a late PLU rally to send the game into overtime.
Both teams could not find the mark in the overtime period, but Puget Sound put the game away as they would be sent to the free throw line 14 times and would convert 11 times to come away with the hard-fought win. The series now favors the Loggers by a 42-24 count, which includes nine wins for Puget Sound in the last 10 games.
“We maintained our poise and composure down the stretch when PLU made their run at us,” said McKinnis. “This was just another typical night in Northwest Conference play, and with our rivalry with PLU it made it all the more exciting in the end.”
With the win the Lady Loggers now look forward to a date with league-leading George Fox on Jan. 14 down in Newburg, Ore.
“It should be another barn-burner and a crucial game to say the least,” Payne said.
“We’ll need to be a lot more consistent to beat a very good George Fox team,” added McKinnis.