TACOMA, WA -- The Puget Sound Loggers propelled by a late second half rally overcame a 38-30 first half deficit and defeated the Slugs 73-61 in Tacoma Washington.
Earlier in the year, the Slugs defeated the Loggers behind 18 points from Sarah Mackey. The Loggers made a concerted effort to stop Mackey as they double teamed her every time she touched the ball. Mackey was force to pass the ball to open shooters. The Slugs outside shooters responded and opened a quick 11-6 lead behind two three point shots from Ryane Ortiz. When the Loggers stretched the defense to cover the shooters, Leah Parrish made them pay. Parrish, who finished with 17 points, made a variety of shots including two three pointers as the Slugs led 19-17 with 10 minutes to go in the first half.
The Loggers were able to stay in the game due to Slug foul trouble. Every Slug starter picked up two first half fouls. The Loggers converted on 13 of 17 free throws. A long three pointer by Erin Joo kept the loggers at bay but Coach Kent was forced to sit starters. The bench responded. Behind the great play of LaShay Alexander, Trina Torres and Sarah Fitzgerald the Slugs outscored the Loggers 19-13 and held a surprising 38-30 half time lead.
The second half would prove to be a different story. For the first six minutes, the team traded baskets as the Slugs led 47-41 with 14 minutes to go. This is when the Loggers began to chip away at the Slugs lead. Back to back baskets by Katy Ainslie cut the lead to 49-47. Another basket by Alexander temporarily stopped the Logger run but then the Loggers turned the tide. The Loggers scored on their next five possessions and built a 56-53 lead. With the game in the balance, the Slugs turned to the three point shot and came up empty. The Loggers scored every time the Slugs missed and extended the lead to 64-54. The Slugs were forced to foul. The Loggers sank six straight free throws to nail down the win.
Next up the Slugs faced the 10th ranked George Fox Bruins.