NEWBERG, Ore. - Senior Megan Spence ended her career Saturday night by scoring her 1000th point. The Pioneer post hit a clutch three pointer with just a few minutes remaining in the game. The Pioneers battled the Bruins to the final buzzer but ended their stint in the NCAA Tournament with a 52-50 loss.
The Pioneers made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the furthest they have ever been, where they were forced to take on the Bruins once again. The game was a re-match of the Northwest Conference Tournament Championship played a week earlier, while marking the fourth time the two teams have met this season. The game pitted the #3 team in the nation against the #9 ranked team and did not disappoint.
Lewis & Clark finishes the season with a 25-4 overall record, with all four losses coming to the Bruins.
Senior Neva Hauser finished with the teams only double-double, scoring 12 points while pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds. Spence led the team in scoring with 15 points, while collecting eight boards. Senior Margaret Dowling and junior Kristina Williams each scored six points.
Keisha Gordon led the Bruins with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Hannah Munger also finished with a double-double, scoing 10 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Megan Arnoldy scored 10 points for George Fox.
George Fox had the momentum early in the game, capturing a 4-0 lead with back-to-back layups in the paint. Hauser put the Pioneers on the board with 18:40 on the clock with a solo free-throw. The Bruins remained a handful of points ahead of the Pioneers in the first half until the 11:55 mark when Dowling handed the Pios a 9-8 lead with two good free-throws.
The Bruins once again took over the lead, before Katie Anderson laid one in with 4:16 on the clock to tie the contest at 15-15. With nine seconds remaining until halftime, Williams drained a jumper to send both teams into half tied 17-17.
The seconds half was a back and forth battle through the first seven minutes with neither team earning a clear advantage. The Bruins finally built a five point cushion with 13:17 to go after a Jami Roos jumper. Dowling once again hit consecutive free-throws to pull the Pioneers within a point with 10:48 remaining.
With 1:23 left to play, Spence hit a three-pointer off the glass to cut the Pioneer deficit to 48-47. The basket was also the one that earned her her 1000th point. With four seconds remaining Anderson pulled up for a quick three to make it a 52-50 game.
The Pioneers quickly fouled the Bruins as they inbounded the ball in hopes of getting off one more shot. After the Bruin player missed both of her free-throws, the Pioneers surged back down the court where Anderson once again pulled up quickly from behind the arc. The shot found its way in the net, but not before time expired.