PORTLAND, Ore. - The #10 Lewis & Clark women's basketball team picked up a 78-47 win over the Willamette Bearcats on Saturday night in Northwest Conference action. Prior to the game the Pios recognized graduating seniors Kristina Williams and Sara Villanueva, who helped the Pioneers move one game closer to the NWC Tournament.
Lewis & Clark improves to 21-2 on the season and 12-2 in NWC action. The Bearcats slip to 2-20 overall and 2-11 in conference.
Katie Anderson led all players with a career-high 21 points. Anderson was 4-4 from behind the arc and 3-for-4 from the floor, while hitting all three of her free-throws. Williams collected her 12th double-double of the year, knocking down 12 points and collecting 10 rebounds.
Katie Kalugin was the Bearcats only player to score in double-digits finishing the night with 10 points. Mckenzie Lamson contributed eight points.
The Pioneers captured an early 4-0 lead, but Willamette came right back to take an 11-6 lead with 13:56 to go. Anderson nailed a three seconds later to cap off a 6-0 Pio run. The junior guard hit another three pointer with 6:43 to go, earning the Pioneers their first double-digit lead of the contest. Lewis & Clark went on to earn their largest lead of the game just before halftime with a layup by Williams. The basket sent the Pios into the half ahead 42-23.
The Pioneers held all the momentum in the second half steadily increasing their lead with every minute that ticked by. Tayler Wang earned the team their first 20-point advantage with a put back layup.
Williams increased the Pios lead to 31 with an untraditional three-point play with 2:30 to go. Williams laid one in the basket, drawing the foul on her way up, and successfully made her free-throw.
Jessica Rodriguez handed the Pioneers their largest lead of the game with 1:50 to go, making it a 78-45 game. The Bearcats pulled two points closer in the final 17 seconds.
The Pioneers return to the court on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at Pacific.