PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark women's basketball team faced off against its toughest competition of the season, taking on #3 George Fox in Northwest Conference action on Tuesday night in the Pamplin Sports Center. The Pioneers, who are ranked 10th in the nation, put up a fight but slipped to the Bruins 68-63 in the final minutes.
The loss is the Pioneers first of the season, after the team began 11-0 for the first time in program history. Lewis & Clark is now 11-1 on the season and 2-1 in NWC action. The Bruins remain undefeated with the victory, improving to 12-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play.
Junior Kristina Williams had a strong night for the Pioneers, finishing the contest with 16 points and four rebounds. Sara Villanueva scored 10 points for the Pios, finishing 4-4 from the free-throw line, while Neva Hauser contributed nine points. Megan Spence led all players with five steals, while Villanueva took away three from the Bruins.
Keisha Gordon was the games leading scorer with 18 points, while also picking up a double-double with 11 rebounds. Hannah Munger also earned a double-double for the Bruins, knocking down 12 points and collecting 11 boards. Jami Roos also ended the night in double-figures scoring 10 points.
Villanueva got things started for the Pios with a quick layup to put Lewis & Clark ahead 2-0. The Pioneers then went on to a six point, 12-6, advantage on a Daron Dean layup with 14:38 on the clock.
The Bruins took over the lead three minutes later on a Munger put back after a missed Bruin shot, to earn GFU its first lead of the contest. A huge three pointer from Arianna Mohsenian handed the Bruins their largest lead of the half at 32-25 with a minute left until halftime.
Lewis & Clark fought back within four points right before the half on a Margaret Dowling layup with two seconds remaining.
The Pioneers maintained control of the momentum heading into the second half of action, with two made Villanueva free-throws begining the period. A Dowling three pointer once again gave the Pioneers control of the game this time with 17:52 remaining.
Lewis & Clark continued to pressure the Bruins, earning the games largest lead of eight points, 54-46, on a long distance shot from Kathlene Howe with 12:30 to play. George Fox went back to its full court press following the Howe three pointer, forcing a handful of Pio turnovers and missed shots, en route to the games sixth tied score.
Megan Arnoldy recaptured the Bruin lead with 7:58 on the clock with a jumper after a Gordon steal. George Fox put the Pioneers in a six point, 67-61, deficit with 40 seconds remaining on a Carrie Myers free-throw. The Pios earned two points back on a Spence layup with 11 seconds to go, but it would not be enough to earn them the win.
The Pioneers return to action on Friday, Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. when they host the Linfield Wildcats.