NEWBERG, Ore. - The #7 Lewis & Clark women's basketball team took on #3 George Fox on Tuesday evening in Northwest Conference action in a battle of nationally ranked top-10 programs.
The Pioneers took a 29-19 lead into the locker room at half, but the Bruins came back in the second half to take the game 54-41.
Lewis & Clark falls to 18-2 on the season and 9-2 in the Northwest Conference. The Bruins improve to a perfect 20-0 overall and 11-0 in NWC play. The Bruins comfortably sit a top the NWC standings, while the Pioneers are in sole possession of second place, two games ahead of Whitman.
Senior Megan Spence led the Pioneers with 10 points, while also pulling down a team-high eight boards. Sophomore Tayler Wang also collected eight rebounds for the Pioneers. Junior Kristina Williams ended the contest with eight points and five rebounds.
Hannah Munger led all players with 16 points and 12 rebounds, finishing with the games only double-double. Megan Arnoldy finished in double figures in points with 14, while Keisha Gordon finished in double figures in rebounds with 12.
It took nearly three minutes before either team to put the ball in the basket in the first half, but Arnoldy finally broke the scoring drought with a made free-throw at the 17:37 mark. Spence responded seconds later with a three pointer to put the Pioneers on top. The Pioneers continued to own the first half of play, going on a 9-0 run to put Lewis & Clark ahead 12-4 capped off with a Daron Dean layup with 12:22 on the clock.
The Bruins were able to pull within four points with a Munger layup with 10:50 to play in the half, but the Pioneers would never allow the Bruins within five points the rest of the half. Lewis & Clark took its largest lead of the half with 1:08 remaining until halftime when Katie Anderson sank two free-throws to send the Pioneers into the locker room up 29-19.
Arianna Mohesenian pulled the Bruins within three points, along with free-throws by Munger with 12:43 to go in the game. Spence followed up the George Fox scores with two made free-throws to put the Pioneers back up by five points with half of the second period left to play.
George Fox responded with an 8-0 run started by Munger with two baskets and a free-throw to put the Bruins ahead 38-35 with 8:53 on the clock. A Dean layup ended the run, pulling the Pioneers within one point with 8:14 on the clock.
The Bruins took full control of the contest following the Dean basket, building up a 43-37 advantage with 5:22 to go. With a little over a minute left to play, George Fox increased its lead to 50-41, before closing out the contest with the 54-41 win.
The Pioneers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. when they take on the Linfield Wildcats on the road.