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Trio of Skorpik, Haskey and Taylor leads SMU to OT win over UPS, 60-56

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LACEY - The trio of Jori Skorpik, MacKenzie Taylor and Chelsea Haskey powered the Saint Martin's University women's basketball team to a 60-56 win in overtime against the University of Puget Sound on Saturday evening preserving the Saints perfect record at Marcus Pavilion.

A fast start saw the Saints take an early 10-2 lead as Taylor drained a three pointer just four minutes into the game. SMU led through most of the first half by as many as nine but UPS managed to hang around.

Saint Martin's led 24-17 with just under seven minutes to play when the Loggers scored 11 unanswered to take their biggest lead of four points with 1:37 remaining in the half. The Saints would take back the lead as Skorpik nailed a three with 44 seconds on the clock to give SMU the one-point advantage at the break.

Again the Saints started off strong pushing their lead to eight points twice early in the second half but were unable to extend it any further. This time an 8-1 run by Puget Sound pulled the Loggers within a point at 43-42 at just under 10 minutes.

SMU would push its lead back to four with three free throws to make it 46-42 but back came UPS with five quick points as Kelsey McKinnis gave the Loggers a 47-46 lead with 2:13 remaining in regulation. Taylor grabbed the lead back for the Saints seconds later with a pair of free throws.

Turnovers by both teams on their next trips down the floor resulted in no points. Olivia Roberts missed a go-ahead three with 46 seconds left for UPS while Haskey missed inside with 28 on the clock.

The Loggers came away with the rebound off Haskey's miss and out of their timeout got the ball to McKinnis who found her way to the hoop to give Puget Sound a one-point lead with 11 seconds left.

The Saints called a timeout and on their final play in regulation it was Brooke Paulson who was fouled with three seconds left and a chance to win the game. Paulson made one of two free throws sending the game into overtime.

Haskey gave the Saints the lead and right back came UPS tying it at 51 in OT. Skorpik answered with a big three pointer with 2:04 remaining and McKinnis scored inside cutting it to one. But for a second-straight possession SMU hit a three as this time it was Angela Gelhar who gave the Saints a four-point advantage with 1:26 left in overtime. Down the stretch Saint Martin's pulled away with free throws in the final minutes.

Puget Sound (7-4) got 17 points from McKinnis and 10 points off the bench from Amanda Forshay. UPS shot just 32.4 percent from the field and were 3-of-15 from long range.

The Saints outrebounded the Loggers, 56-42, marking the second time this season in which SMU has recorded 50 or more rebounds in a game. Three players for the Saints finished with double-digit rebounds on the night.

Haskey recorded her second-consecutive double double with 18 points and 15 rebounds along with three blocks. Taylor added 14 points and 14 boards as she was 5-of-7 from the field with three steals. Skorpik narrowly missed out on a double double as she had a career-high 10 rebounds to go along with eight points, three assists and three steals on the night. Paulson added 11 points, two assists and two blocks.

SMU (7-5) will be back in action against GNAC competition at home next Thursday, January 3rd with a game against Montana State-Billings at 7:00 pm.

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