PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark women's basketball team faced off against a scrappy Warner Pacific team on Tuesday night in the Pamplin Sports Center. The Pioneers held on to take down the Knights 53-52.
The 15th ranked Pioneers improve to 8-0 on the season with the victory, while the Knights slip to 3-3.
Junior Kristina Williams paced the Pioneers with 15 points, while Sara Villanueva and Megan Spence each contributed 11 points. Spence and senior Neva Hauser led the Pioneers off the boards, each finishing with seven rebounds.
Kelsey Mattsen led all players with 18 points. Carmeryn Calhoun and Chelsea Christensen each finished with 10 points for the Knights.
In a tightly contested first half of action, the Knights had a slight edge in field goal percentage, outshooting the Pioneers .292 to .267. Despite the shooting differential, the Pioneers took a one point, 22-21, advantage into the locker room at the half.
The Knights started the half with a lead that lasted them until the 12:01 when a Tayler Wang jumper put Lewis & Clark up 10-9. Williams earned the Pioneers a five point, 20-15, lead with 3:45 to go in the half after hitting a fast break jumper in the paint. Christensen cut the Knight deficit to one point right before the half with a made free-throw.
Williams once again put the Pioneers ahead by five points with 13:53 on the clock in the second half with a long distance three pointer. Another Wang jumper gave the Pios their largest lead of the game, putting Lewis & Clark up 41-34.
Layne Tucker pulled Warner Pacific within a basket after hitting both of her free-throws with a minute and a half remaining in the contest. William's managed to pull the Pioneers ahead by four points with a couple seconds to play, but the Knights were not out of it yet. With one second remaining Calhoun hit a desperation three, making the score 53-52. Warner Pacific was unable to do anything more as the Pioneers quickly inbounded the ball allowing time to expire.
Lewis & Clark returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. in California against the Whittier Poets.