PORTLAND, Ore. - The #8 Lewis & Clark women's basketball team defeated the Linfield Wildcats 67-54 on Saturday evening in the Pamplin Sports Center. The win secures the Pioneers a berth in the Northwest Conference Tournament at the end of February.
The win improves the Pioneers to 18-1 on the season and 9-1 in Northwest Conference action. The Wildcats are still in search of their first conference win, falling to 0-9 in the NWC, and 1-14 overall.
Senior Kristina Williams led the way for the Pioneers with a team-high 17 points and game-high 11 rebounds. The double-double is the senior guards 10th of the season and seventh consecutive, continuing her record breaking season. Williams has finished every game this season in double-digits in scoring. Williams currently sits in second place all-tme in scoring at Lewis & Clark with 1,610 points in 102 career games. Kathy Gibson currently holds the school record in points with 1,864 points in 111 games.
Katelyn Hanson led all players with 18 points. Taylor Soloman ended the night with 16 points for the Wildcats.
Casey Zinn started things quickly in the first half with a jumper eight seconds into the contest, handing the Pioneers a lead they would never lose. Catie Mets tied the game briefly for the Wildcats with a fast break layup at the 13:13 mark.
Lewis & Clark ended the deadlock seconds later with a Williams layup. The Pioneers surged ahead to a nine point, 26-17, lead with 7:45 remaining until halftime. The teams largest lead of the period came on a Tayler Wang free-throw, putting the Pioneers ahead 29-19. The Wildcats cut their deficit to three points heading into the locker room down 34-31.
The second half was all Pioneers with the Wildcats never coming closer than four points. Williams nailed a three pointer with 15:34 to go, giving the Pioneers a double-digit lead. Lewis & Clark led by as many as 15 with a little over 10 minutes to play, courtesy of a Villanueva three.
The Pioneer return to the court on Friday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. at Whitworth