PORTLAND, Ore - The #8 Lewis & Clark women's basketball team defeated the Pacific Lutheran Lutes 69-37 on Friday night in Northwest Conference action. The Pioneers were paced by 16 points from Sara Villanueva and 10 points and 11 rebounds from Kristina Williams.
The Pioneers improve to 16-1 overall and 7-1 in conference action, while the Lutes slip to 6-8 overall and 3-4 in the NWC.
Villanueva tallied her 16 points by hitting 7-of-9 from the floor. Williams ended the evening 3-of-4 from the free-throw line, while dominating the defensive boards. Casey Zinn and Katie Anderson each chipped in eight points and two rebounds in the win.
Samantha Potter led the Lutes with 12 points, while Megan Abdo and Sarah Barnes each contributed seven.
The Pioneers fell behind 3-1 in the opening seconds of the game, but quickly responded with a Tayler Wang three pointer and never looked back. Anderson hit a three pointer with 12:51 on the clock to earn the Pioneers a 16-5 advantage. Freshman Kaitlin Mathewson earned the team their first 20 point lead with a three pointer from the corner with a little over three minutes left until halftime. Junior Jessica Rodriguez concluded the first half scoring, laying one in to increase the Pio lead to 39-15.
Anderson put the Pioneers up 30 points with a layup two minutes into the second half. The teams largest lead came after two Rodriguez free-throws put Lewis & Clark ahead 65-25 with 5:47 on the clock.
The Pioneers return to the court on Friday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. when they hit the road to take on NWC rival George Fox.