Dec. 11, 2008

Courtesy of Puget Sound

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Using yet another strong defensive effort, the Puget Sound Loggers defeated the Evergreen Geoducks, 48-38, to give Logger head coach Suzy Barcomb her 200th career victory in a non-conference women's basketball game on Wednesday evening at the College Recreation Center in Olympia, Wash.

In the first half, the Loggers (5-2) were led by the solid play down low from senior post Karen Chase (Yakima, Wash./West Valley), who put up 13 points in the first 20 minutes.  In addition to the strong offensive play in the paint, the Logger defense stepped up as well, holding the Geoducks to just 23-percent shooting from the field.

In the second half, the Geoducks were a little hotter from the field but their scorers found themselves in foul trouble early.  The Loggers took their offense outside the arc, making 11 attempts from outside the arc, making a pair of three-pointers to keep the lead and eventually collect the 48-38 win.

The Loggers were led by 16 points from Chase, who also added eight rebounds and three blocks.  Junior Claire Ely (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) added seven points to go with six steals and four assists.

Evergreen was led by 12 points from Keisha McDonald.  Kristi Auckland collected the double-double, scoring 10 points and bringing down 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

The Loggers now turn their attention to finals next week.  Puget Sound will next take to the court on Dec. 27 when they play host to the Nick-N-Willy's Winter Classic.