COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A day after Thanksgiving, the #10 Lewis & Clark women's basketball team is giving thanks for its fourth win of the season, taking down St. Olaf on Friday in the Colorado College Thanksgiving Tournament. The Pioneers earned a 73-59 win over the Oles to improve to 4-0 on the season.
The Pioneers were led by junior Tayler Wang who scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half of action. Wang put together a well rounded game, hitting 3-of-4 from three-point range and draining all three of her free-throws. Wang also led the Pioneers with five assists, while stealing the ball from St. Olaf three times.
Senior Kristina Williams scored in double figures for the fourth consecutive game, scoring 16 points, knocking down 10-of-11 free-throws. Junior Katie Anderson also ended her day in double figures with 13 points.
Kim Cerjan led the Oles with 16 points and teammate Elise Raney finished with 11 points.
For the first time this season the Pioneers had to fight back from a deficit, falling behind to the Oles by as many as nine points. St. Olaf held a 14-5 lead six minutes into the contest after starting on an 8-0 run. Williams broke the Pioneers scoring draught with back-to-back free-throws with 17:17 to go.
The Pioneers pulled within four points four minutes later, but the Oles once again began to pull away. Down 21-12 with 8:03 remaining in the half, Wang nailed a long distance shot to spark a Pioneer rally that saw Lewis & Clark pull within one point courtesy of an 8-0 run over a three minute span.
Two more Williams free-throws earned the Pioneers their first lead of the game with 2:23 remaining in the period. The Pioneers managed to hang on to a 34-30 lead heading into the locker room.
The opening six minutes of the second half was a battle of wills with the two sides trading possession of the lead four times, while tying the game on five occasions.
With 10:17, Wang hit a three to take the lead back for the Pioneers for good. Following the basket, a Pioneer timeout seemed to take away any momentum that the Oles had, allowing the Pios to score six unanswered points to take a 57-51 lead.
A layup by DeHart would be the last basket by either team for nearly three minutes with both teams making numerous substitutions and turnovers.
Raney ended the scoring draught with a layup for the Oles with 6:50 to go in the half, pulling St. Olaf within four points.
A minute later, the ball would find the net again, this time with Wang laying up the ball while being fouled. After completing the untraditional three-point play, the Pioneer offense was rejuvenated and began to pull away.
A Wang take away with the 4:41 marker setup Anderson for a quick layup, which she followed up with a free-throw that earned the Pioneers their first double-digit lead of the game.
Wang put the Pioneers ahead 71-55 with 1:38 to play after stealing the ball from Maddie Ehrich and going down court for a layup assisted by Villanueva.
St. Olaf pulled within 14 in the final 42 seconds of the game, but would never get closer.
The Pioneers return to action on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. against the tournament hosts.