It wasn’t looking good for Puget Sound in the early going. The Loggers were held without a field goal nearly eight minutes into their crosstown showdown against Pacific Lutheran, and trailed 11-2. But sophomore guard Keith Shattuck came off the bench to help jumpstart the offense, and the Loggers found their energy late as they held off the Lutes for a 77-70 win on Jan. 15.
The Loggers were lost on offense at the start, struggling to find open looks. When they did, they couldn’t find the net, starting 0-for-8 from the field.
“I think we were kind of flustered a little bit at first,” said Puget Sound point guard Erin Barber, who finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists. “We weren’t really sure how to guard them or how to attack them. But I think we kind of gathered ourselves, we relaxed and then started playing the way we do.”
Shattuck, who hadn’t scored in just 19 minutes on the court in the previous four games, scored all 13 of his points in the first half to provide the spark the Loggers needed. His three-pointer with 5:02 left in the half pulled Puget Sound within 24-23, and the teams went to the break tied 35-35.
“Our guys did a really good job of feeding him with some sets and some looks, and got him going,” said Loggers head coach Justin Lunt. “I said in the huddle, ‘feed the well ‘til the water runs dry.’ He was able to knock down shots.”
But Pacific Lutheran wouldn’t go away, as neither team led by more than five points for the majority of the second half. Daniel Landram – who scored all of his team-high 12 points in the second half – nailed a three-pointer with 5:16 to go to tie it 64-64, and Bryce Miller came up with a huge rebound and put-back with 2:22 to go to knot it at 70. But Dan Cheledinas responded with a three-point play after a nice pass from Rex Nelson, and Barber hit two free throws with a minute remaining to create a 75-70 cushion.
“We weren’t giving our best effort for the first, I would say, 30 minutes of the game,” Lunt said. “Then I thought the last 10 minutes, for the most part, we changed it up. Our mentality changed, there was a higher sense of urgency. I thought we were able to get some stops down the stretch and execute offensively.”
A.J. Maw led the Loggers with 15 points, while Miller and Arvid Isaksen had 11 points apiece for the Lutes.
The Loggers topped Willamette 64-45 on Jan. 17 to move to 8-7 overall, with a 4-2 mark in the Northwest Conference. The Lutes fell 72-69 at Pacific (Ore.) to drop to 4-11 overall, with a 1-5 record in the NWC.
LADY LOGGERS CRUISE OVER LUTES
Puget Sound got the message loud and clear before its matchup against Pacific Lutheran. Rebounding from two tough road losses the previous weekend, the Loggers got a big lift from their bench to create a comfortable halftime cushion, and cruised to a 70-51 win over the Lutes at home on Jan. 15.
“They knew they needed to buckle down and toughen up,” said Puget Sound head coach Loree Payne. “We got outworked this past weekend…I think we came in tonight and proved we have the toughness to compete.”
Pacific Lutheran forward Samantha Potter, who tallied a game-high 19 points and 13 rebounds, scored six early points to help give the Lutes an 8-0 lead less than four minutes into the game. But the Loggers responded with an 18-3 run in just over seven minutes, as Amanda Forshay gave Puget Sound a 14-11 lead with a three-pointer with 12:25 left in the half. The Loggers wouldn’t trail again.
Alexis Noren came off the bench to score all seven of her points in the first half, and Erin Stumbaugh came in to score eight points in the final four minutes – including a three-pointer with a minute remaining – to help give Puget Sound a 37-26 lead at the break.
“I just went in with the mindset that I was going to do everything I could to stop them,” said Stumbaugh, who scored a season-high 15 points while adding five rebounds and a team-high four steals. “We knew that we needed to step it up on defense…that’s how I like to play. Let my defense fuel my offense.”
After the Lutes’ Katelyn Smith converted a three-point play with 17:58 left in the game, the Loggers’ defense locked down to hold Pacific Lutheran scoreless for just over eight minutes. Pacific Lutheran was 0-for-6 with eight turnovers during the stretch. The Loggers’ lead continued to grow, as Forshay created a 20-point advantage, at 51-31, with a layup with 9:12 remaining. Potter, who had 13 points in the first half, scored her first points of the second period on a jumper with 7:10 remaining as PLU trailed 57-37.
“I think Sam Potter is one of the best post players in the conference,” said Payne. “She’s so hard to box out…she’s strong, she’s skilled and just has a knack for the ball.”
Emily Sheldon finished with 13 points for the Loggers, while Forshay added 11 points and Katy Ainslie had nine points and 12 rebounds. The Loggers moved to 9-5 overall and 2-3 in the Northwest Conference, while Pacific Lutheran dropped to 5-9 overall and a 1-4 mark in conference play.
The Loggers cruised to an 80-52 win over Willamette on Jan. 17 to improve to 10-5 overall, with a 3-3 record in the Northwest Conference. Pacific Lutheran won 63-46 at Pacific (Ore.) to move to 6-9 overall, with a 2-4 mark in conference play.