As the late Keith Jackson would often say about rivalry games, “You can throw the records out for this one.” That was the feeling in the air as the hoopsters from Pacific Lutheran University descended upon the Memorial Fieldhouse at the University of Puget Sound on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The PLU (0-7 league, 4-12 overall) women hung tight with the Loggers (2-5, 7-9) into the fourth quarter, only too see their hosts pull away for a 65-54 victory. Former Sumner star Jamie Lange scored 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Loggers. On paper, the PLU (1-6, 4-11) men were bigger underdogs going in against the high-scoring Loggers, but were able to keep the score close for much of the first half. However, by halftime, UPS (4-3, 11-4) held an 11-point advantage and were too much in the second half, rolling to a 98-78 win.
The PLU women will host Pacific (Ore.) on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. The men’s game will follow at 6 p.m.
The UPS women will host Lewis & Clark on Friday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. The men’s game will follow at 8 p.m.