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LOGGERS ON SIX-GAME WIN STREAK

After winning two games last weekend in Santa Cruz, Calif., the Puget Sound women’s basketball team is on a six-game winning streak and sits at 6-1 overall on the year. The Loggers topped La Verne 59-46 on Dec. 1, as senior guard Kelsey McKinnis led the way with 19 points, including going 12-for-15 from the free throw line. The charity stripe proved to be the difference in the game, as Puget Sound was 23-for-30 from the free throw line as a team while La Verne was only 5-for-15. Freshman Emily Sheldon was 4-for-8 from the field for nine points for the Loggers, while senior Sarah Stewart hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds. They followed that up on Dec. 2 by avenging their only loss of the season, topping UC Santa Cruz 70-52, with Stewart leading the way with 15 points and eight rebounds. McKinnis hit three three-pointers and finished with nine points, while Olivia Roberts and Allie Wyszynski added eight points apiece for Puget Sound. The Loggers took a commanding 39-20 halftime lead, and held the Banana Slugs to just over 32 percent shooting for the game. The Loggers now turn their attention to league play as they open up on the road, with a game at Whitman on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. and a game at Whitworth on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.

TCC FALLS TO EVERETT

Despite shooting 56 percent from the field, the Tacoma Community College men’s basketball team fell 93-85 at Everett on Dec. 1 to drop to 2-2 overall on the young season. The Titans were paced by sophomore Jibreel Stevens, who shot 5-for-8 from the three-point line and totaled a team-high 19 points and five assists. Julian Vaughn was 8-for-11 from the field and tallied 18 points, freshman Curtis grad Darius Johnson-Wilson had 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds and freshman Lincoln grad Isaac Barsh added 10 points, five rebounds and two steals. The Titans shot over 65 percent in the first half as they trailed just 40-37 at the break, but Everett answered by shooting 61 percent from the field in the second half to help seal the win. A big difference in the game was success at the free-throw line, where Everett converted 18 of 25 attempts while TCC was just 14-for-31.
The Titans will host Skagit Valley on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., and will look to notch another win against Northwest Indian College – who they beat 84-82 in their season opener on Nov. 23 – at home on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.

TITAN WOMEN ALSO FALL

The Tacoma Community College women’s basketball team fell 74-55 at Peninsula on Dec. 1 to drop to 1-3 overall on the season. The Titans shot just 33 percent as a team – including going 4-for-22 from three-point range – but were led by Angie Sanchez, who tallied 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. Kaitlyn Sauders hit two of the Titans’ four three-pointers and finished with 12 points, while Alexus Grant had 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists. The Titans were undone by the Pirates’ Taylor Larson, who hit 12 of her 15 shot attempts for a game-high 25 points while adding seven rebounds. After a break this weekend, the Titans set their sights on the Columbia Basin Crossover Tournament in Pasco on Dec. 14, with a game against Treasure Valley at 4 p.m.

LOGGER, LUTE SWIMMERS COMPETE

The Puget Sound swimming teams were represented at two different venues last weekend, as Derek Frenzel and Tracy Wormwood swam at the USA Swimming Winter Championships while the Logger teams swam at the Husky Invitational from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. 
Frenzel and Wormwood both recorded NCAA Division III “B” cuts in their respective events at the world class swim meet in Austin, Texas. Frenzel swam a time of 1:51.21 in the 200-yard butterfly while Wormwood recorded a time of 2:21.81 in the 200-yard breaststroke. Both swimmers set school records in those events at the Northwest Conference Championships last year.  Frenzel returned home to swim in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the Husky Invitational on Dec. 1, finishing 13th in the event with a time of 16:50.20. Jessica Jaynes swam the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:24.04 to take 21st in the event, while Melissa Norrish finished 19th in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:08.32. Teale Kitson and Jere Jeremikj also made the “C” finals for the Loggers. Kitson placed 21st in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:55.13, while Jeremikj took 18th in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:55.24. Meanwhile, Pacific Lutheran’s http://plu.prestosports.com/sports/swimdive/2012-13/bios/mesford chase fclj" t Chase Mesford,  " t Basil Whaley,  Joseph Parker and  Brian Ruggles combined to place 16th in the men's 200-yard freestyle relay to lead Pacific Lutheran's performance on Nov. 30 at the Husky Invitational, finishing in 1:28.38. In the women's 200-yard freestyle relay  Michelle Hogan,  Kelly Jernigan, Kristin Nueneker and  Toni Castillo placed 34th in 1:41.23. Ruggles also placed 43rd in the men's 100-yard breaststroke for Pacific Lutheran's best individual event finish on Dec. 1, while he also teamed with Mesford, Jacob Dacus and  Justin Murrell in leading the men's 800-yard freestyle relay team to a 26th place finish with a time of 7:20.63.

LUTES GET SECOND WIN

After losing five of their first six games this season, the Pacific Lutheran men’s basketball team took a 67-47 win over St. Scholastica on Dec. 3 as they prepare for conference play this weekend. Senior Andrew Earnest led the way for the Lutes, draining three three-pointers and totaling 19 points, while adding four assists and three steals. Sophomore Daniel Landram had 13 points, five steals and five rebounds and Andrew Alness added nine points on 4-for-6 shooting. The Lutes’ defense was a key on the night, forcing 23 turnovers and holding St. Scholastica to just over 35 percent shooting in the game. The Lutes begin conference play with a game at Whitworth on Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. and a game at Whitman on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.

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