Anderson Pushes #9 Women's Basketball Past Puget Sound With Last Second Heroics
PORTLAND, Ore. - Junior Katie Anderson laid one in the net with four seconds left in a tied game to push the #9 Lewis & Clark women's basketball team past the visiting Puget Sound Loggers 58-56 in Northwest Conference action on Saturday night.
The Pioneers improve to 14-1 on the season and 5-1 in conference play. The Loggers slip to 10-5 overall and 3-3 in NWC action.
Anderson netted 10 points on the night, hitting five-of-seven from the floor. Junior Tayler Wang finished the night with a team-high 17 points, while collecting 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Senior Kristina Williams also ended the night with a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down a game-high 14 boards.
Kelsey McKinnis led all players with 18 points, while collecting a team-high nine rebounds. Katy Ainslie scored 10 points for the Loggers.
McKinnis hit a last second shot of her own at the end of the first half, firing off a long range three-pointer as the buzzer went off to send Puget Sound into the half ahead 29-28. The Loggers opened the first half with a 7-2 run, but the Pioneers battled back.
Sara Villanueva tied the contest and then handed the Pioneers their first lead with back-to-back free-throws. The Pios then went on a 6-0 run to capture their largest lead of the game.
Much like the Pioneers did, the Loggers battled back into the contest, taking control of the lead with a minute left in the half. The two teams traded possession of the lead in the final minute, but McKinnis would cap it all off with her three.
Neither team had a distinct advantage in the second half, matching each other point for point. A free-throw by Villanueva with 1:04 to go tied the game for the eighth time at 56 all. Puget Sound had the chance to go ahead, missing two jumpers before Williams collected a rebound.
The Pioneers quickly called a timeout and put the ball in Anderson's hands with time slipping away. Anderson made her way into the key and laid one past the UPS defense for the score. With a few seconds left the Loggers tossed one up but were unable to get it to fall.
Lewis & Clark returns to the court on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. against Pacific in the Pamplin Sports Center.