Unick scores 15 in close loss at UPS

TACOMA, Wash. - Puget Sound defeated a pesky Willamette Bearcat team that overcame an early 20-point deficit to push the Loggers to the brink. The Loggers used outstanding free throw shooting down the stretch to secure
the Northwest Conference victory Friday night.

The Loggers jumped out early, leading 39-19 with just under two minutes to play in the first half, but the Bearcats went on a 9-0 run with outstanding defensive pressure and the Loggers went to intermission with a 39-28 advantage.

The second half was more of the same by the Bearcats as they exploded on a 16-0 run at the 14:21 mark and with 9:14 remaining held a 51-45 lead. Back to back three-pointers by Logger Allison McCurdy got Puget Sound back in the game but the Loggers and Bearcats traded baskets until the Loggers' Jen McLuen hit with 54 seconds to go making it 61-59. Angie Straw had a key defensive rebound on the Bearcats next offensive series and was fouled hitting one of two free throws with 19.9 left for a 62-59 advantage.

Willamette had an open look from three-point range for the tie with eight ticks left but it failed and Kilty Keaton was fouled on the rebound and hit two from the charity stripe for the final 64-59 margin.

The Loggers were paced by Lindsay May, who had 18 points, including 16 in the first half. May fouled out of the contest with 9:46 remaining. Kilty Keaton added 16 and Lucy Wilson and Allison McCurdy each contributed 10 points.

The Bearcats were led by Abbie Unick with 15 points including 3-for-3 from three-point range. Simmie Muth had 13 points five steals and five assists, while Deanna Lund added 10 points.

The Loggers are now 13-5 on the year and 6-3 in league play while the Bearcats fall to 7-11 and 1-8.