NEWBURG, Ore. - The #8 Lewis & Clark women's basketball team came from behind on Friday night against the #18 George Fox Bruins to take full control of first place in the Northwest Conference.
The Pioneers improve to 17-1 on the season and 8-1 in conference play. The Bruins fall to 14-4 overall and 7-2 in the NWC.
The Lewis & Clark win ends George Fox's 43 game home winning streak, while marking the first time the Pioneers have defeated the Bruins in the Wheeler Sports Center under head coach Juli Fulks. This is also the first time the Pioneers have defeated the Bruins twice in one season under Fulks.
Junior Tayler Wang led the for Lewis & Clark knocking down 19 points and collecting 10 rebounds. Senior Kristina Williams also ended the night with a double-double, scoring 16 points and pulling down 11 boards. Junior Katie Anderson finished the night with 11 points, while Reese DeHart ended the game with eight points.
Megan Hays led the Bruins with 15 points and McKenzie Wolfe ended the game with 11 points.
Anderson gave the Pioneers the largest lead of the first half for either side with a three pointer at the 14:04 mark, putting L&C ahead 14-8. The Bruins Hayley Cusick captured the lead for George Fox a little over four minutes later with a layup. The two sides were tied at 22 all with 1:11 remaining until halftime but two Pioneer fouls allowed the Bruins to score four free-throws for a 26-22 lead at the intermission.
George Fox controlled most of the second half, taking the largest lead of the game with 10:39 remaining after a Megan Arnoldy layup made it a 43-36 game. A steal by Anderson with 1:34 to go gave way for a fast break layup by the junior guard, earning the lead back for Lewis & Clark. The Pioneers would never relinquish control after that.
Lewis & Clark returns home on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. against Linfield in the Pamplin Sports Center.