COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The #10 Lewis & Clark women's basketball team improved to 5-0 on the season Saturday afternoon with a 71-44 win over Colorado College in the teams final game of the Colorado College Thanksgiving Day Tournament.
Senior Kristina Williams scored 20 points in the victory, hitting 7-of-16 from the field and draining 5-6 from the free-throw line. Williams finished tied with a team-high eight rebounds and two-steals. Katie Anderson, who also came up with two steals, was the only other Pioneer in double digits with 10 points. Casey Zinn ended her afternoon with nine points and six rebounds, while Cassie Beucherie came down with six boards to go with her two points.
Marissa Gradoz was the only player with a double-double, leading Colorado College with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
As they have done all season, with the exception of the first half of the St. Olaf contest, the Pioneers once again controlled every aspect of the game. After a slow start to the first half, Lewis & Clark captured the lead with 16:30 on the clock with a three-pointer from Zinn and never looked back.
Tayler Wang handed the Pioneers their first double-digit lead of the game, 22-12, at the 9:24 mark with a long range three with an assist from freshman Kaitlin Mathewson. A 16-4 run over a six minute span made it a 38-16 game with a Williams basket from behind the arch.
Anderson put the Pioneers up 43-16 with 2:31 to go in the first period with a fast break layup, after stealing the ball away from Gradoz. Colorado College cut the deficit to 43-22 heading into the half.
Another Zinn three-pointer gave Lewis & Clark a 30 point, 52-22, advantage two and half minutes into the second half. Lewis & Clark's largest lead of the game came with 7:48 to play after back-to-back Anderson free-throws put the Pios up 71-33.
Missed shots and turnovers by the Pioneers in the final seven minutes of the game allowed Colorado College to go on an 11-0 run to close out the game.
The Pioneers return to the court for another road contest on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. against Concordia.