PORTLAND, Ore.- The 2011-2012 campaign began just the way the Lewis & Clark women's basketball team could have hoped with a strong 74-41 victory over the visiting Geoducks of Evergreen State on Tuesday evening in the Pamplin Sports Center.
The Pioneers were led by senior Megan Spence who recorded her first double-double of the season, knocking down 11 points, while collecting 11 rebounds. Sophomore Katie Anderson also contributed 11 points, while juniors Kristina Williams and Sara Villanueva each netted nine points. Defensively, Anderson picked off the Geoducks five times, while Williams earned four steals.
As a team, the Pioneers pulled down an astounding 46 rebounds, with 32 of them coming off of the defensive side of the ball. Lewis & Clark also ended the game 26-33 from the free-throw line, while also coming up with 17 steals.
Sami Clark led all players with 15 points, while teammate Sadee Jones had eight points for Evergreen State. Danielle Swan collected seven boards for the Geoducks to go with her seven points.
The Pioneers racked up an early 18-2 lead after several Geoduck fouls sent the Pioneers to free-throw line. The Pioneers, who shot a solid .689 from the free-throw line last season, finished the first half shooting .875 from the charity stripe.
Lewis & Clark continued to pile on the points through the first half, while the Evergreen State offense could not find its rhythm. Spence knocked down back-to-back free-throws in the final 41 seconds of the first half to give the Pios a 28-point advantage, sending them into the locker room up 43-15.
Lewis & Clark continued to push the tempo in the second half, with Spence netting a three-pointer just 20 seconds into the period. Down 61-22, the Geoducks began to earn some points back with Jones laying one up with 10:44 remaining to cut the Pio advantage to 34 points.
Strong rebounding and successful free-throws allowed the Pioneers to run up a 39 point advantage once again with just over two minutes remaining in the game. The Geoducks earned a few points back before the end of the contest, but it was not enough to take down the Pioneers.
Lewis & Clark returns to the court on Saturday, Nov. 19 when they take part in the Kean Tournament in New York. The Pioneers are set to play Oneonta St. at 3 p.m. on Saturday.