PORTLAND, Ore. - The #8 Lewis & Clark women's basketball team defeated the Pacific Boxers on Tuesday night in Northwest Conference action, led by a game-high 18 points from junior Tayler Wang.
The Pioneers improve to 15-1 on the season and 6-1 in NWC action. The conference win keeps the Pioneers in first place in the conference. The Boxers slip to 10-5 overall and 3-4 in conference play.
Wang collected eight rebounds to go with her 18 points. Junior Katie Anderson had 14 points off the bench for the Pioneers, sinking all four of her free-throw attempts and hitting two-of-three from three-point range. Senior Kristina Williams recorded her seventh double-double of the season and her fourth in a row. Williams scored 10 points in the win and collected 10 boards.
Alex Pfefferle led the Boxers with a game-high 18 points, while Kaila Johnson scored 11.
Sophomore Casey Zinn put Lewis & Clark ahead 3-0 after a minute of action in the first half and the Pioneers never looked back. A jumper by Kathlene Howe with 10:58 to play earned the Pios their first double-digit lead of the game.
Heather Hitch spurred a Pacific comeback with a layup at the 4:33 mark. The Boxers pulled within two points, 30-28, with a little over two minutes until halftime after Pfefferle drained a three.
Anderson nailed a three pointer of her own with just three seconds remaining on the clock, sending the Pioneers into halftime ahead 35-30.
The Pioneers netted 12 of their first half points on second chances, while earning six points off turnovers and fast breaks.
Lewis & Clark never trailed in the second half but did allow Pacific to tie the game at 35-35 with 18:10 left to go. The Pioneers increased their lead back to double-digits with an Anderson layup three minutes later. With 4:33 remaining in the game, Anderson laid another one in this time to increase the Pio advantage to 21 points.
Back-to-back Anderson free-throws handed the Pioneers their largest lead of the game with 38 seconds to go.
Lewis & Clark's bench scored 22 points in the second half, while the team netted 13 second chance points and 13 ponts off turnovers.
The Pioneers return to the court on Friday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. against the Pacific Lutheran Lutes.