Puget Sound edges Willamette in final minutes, 74-65

SALEM — For 38 minutes Saturday night, Willamette gave Puget Sound all it could handle before the visiting Loggers pulled out a 74-65 Northwest Conference women’s basketball victory at Cone Field House.

The win ensures Puget Sound (19-6, 12-4 NWC) of finishing in at least a tie for second place in the NWC. Willamette ended its season at 8-17 and 2-14 in the NWC.

The two teams were tied at 60-60 with 2:41 remaining after Willamette’s Kasey Sorenson made a lay-in from the right side. But UPS then scored the next nine points of the game in a span of 1:42 to put the game away.

Allison McCurdy got the run going with a three-pointer from the left wing, making the score 63-60. Kilty Keaton then hit six straight free throws, the latter two with 59 seconds remaining, to make it 69-60.

Keaton led the Loggers with 18 points, converting 9 of 10 free throws. Lucy Wilson and Lindsay May each added 16 points for UPS, while McCurdy finished with 15 points and four assists.

Willamette got a game-high 21 points from Rosie Contri, who was playing in her final collegiate game. Sorenson, also playing in her last game, added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Willamette shot 43.3 percent from the field in each half, and so did the Loggers in the first half. But UPS made 61.1 percent of its shots in the final 20 minutes.

The Loggers converted 19 of 27 free throws, compared to Willamette’s 8 for 11.