PORTLAND, Ore. - Senior Kristina Williams recorded her fourth double-double of the season on Saturday night, leading the #5 Lewis & Clark women's basketball team past the Whitworth Pirates in the Pamplin Sports Center.
The Pioneers improve to 12-1 on the season and 3-1 in Northwest Conference action. The Pirates slip to 9-4 overall and 2-2 the NWC action.
Williams finished the game just two points shy of her career high, scoring a game-high 30 points in the Pioneer victory. Williams also collected a game-high 13 rebounds for the games only double-double. Katie Anderson came off the bench to score 13 points in the win, hitting five-of-six from the free-throw line, while recording a game-high six assists.
Kayla Johnson led Whitworth with 13 points, while Emily Guthrie ended the night with 11.
Whitworth showed up strong in the first half, jumping out a 9-0 lead. After a much needed timeout, the Pioneers rallied to take control of the lead with a 12-0 run, taking a 12-9 advantage.
Bethany Fleming gave the Pirates the lead back with a layup, making it a 15-14 contest with 10:46 to go. Williams nailed a jump shot seconds later, recapturing the lead for Lewis & Clark. The Williams layup spurred a five-minute Pioneer rally that saw the team take a 30-15 advantage.
Williams ended the half in the Pioneers favor with back-to-back made free-throws, sending L&C into the locker room ahead 38-21.
Kathlene Howe nailed a jumper seconds into the second half, putting the Pioneers ahead 40-21. Lewis & Clark maintained a double-digit lead until the 8:03 mark when a Guthrie jumper made it a 54-46 game. KC McConnell cut the Pirate deficit to six with 42 seconds remaining with a long range three.
Despite Whitworth's best attempts a comeback, Lewis & Clark increased its lead back to double-digits with two more Williams free-throws, ending the game at 76-65 Pioneers.
The Pioneers return to action on Friday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. when they travel to Willamette.