Fast Start Leads Loggers to 75-46 Win Over Willamette

TACOMA, Wash. - A fast start pushed Puget Sound to a 75-46 win over visiting Willamette University Saturday night at Memorial Fieldhouse, despite game-highs of 26 points and nine rebounds from the Bearcats’ Vanessa Wyffels.

The win moves Puget Sound to 15-4, 6-4, while Willamette drops to 5-13, 2-7.

The Loggers opened the game with a 20-4 run, connecting on eight of their first 10 field goals, including going 4-4 on three point attempts. The sixteen point margin would get no higher in the first half, as the Loggers went without a field goal for a ten minutes spell in the later stages of the half. Free throws kept the Bearcats at bay and Puget Sound entered the break with a 35-21 lead.

Sophomore guard Shelby Ramirez led all scorers with 11 at the half. Willamette was just 9 of 28 (32%) in the first half, relying on the nation’s most accurate shooter, junior post Vanessa Wyffels, to keep them in the game. Wyffels, who leads NCAA Division III in field goal percentage coming into the night, was 4-4 with two free throws in the first half.

Wyffels completed the night with a game high 26 points on 11-12 (91.6%) shooting to lead the Bearcats attack. She also had a game high nine rebounds.

Julia Short had eight points, as the two post players accounted for nearly three-quarters of Willamette's offensive production. Short also recorded four steals.

Four Puget Sound starters ended the night in double figures, accounting for 56 of the Logger's 75 total points. Guard Kilty Keaton led the way with 17 and was joined in double figures by Lindsay May (16), Ramirez (13), and Jessica Roberts (10). Puget Sound ended the night shooting 51% from the field and held a decisive 16-6 scoring edge from the foul line.

Puget Sound takes to the road next weekend to visit Whitworth, while the Bearcats host the Pacific University Boxers on Tuesday at the Cone Field House.