PORTLAND, Ore. - The #13 Lewis & Clark women's basketball team advances to round two of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament after defeating Trinity (TX) 78-49. The Pioneers will take on Northwest Conference foe Whitman on Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in round two of the tournament. The two teams split the series during the regular season.
Senior Sara Villanueva had a career night for the Pioneers, leading the way with a game-high 23 points. Villanueva finished 9-for-12 from the floor in 26 minutes of action. Kristina Williams also had a strong night for the Pioneers, scoring 15 points and collecting nine rebounds. Katie Anderson came off the bench to net 14 points in the win. Tayler Wang led all players with 11 boards.
Anecia Richardson was the Tigers leading scorer with 16 points, draining 8-of-10 from the floor.
It took nearly a minute for either side to put one in the basket. Williams broke the scoreless drought with a layup with 19:07 on the clock after collecting a Casey Zinn rebound and putting it back up.
Three minutes later the Pioneers would capture their first double-digit advantage, going up 14-4 with 16:39 remaining in the half on a Villanueva jumper. Williams would hand the Pios a 20-point advantage 10 minutes later with a layup. Lewis & Clark's largest lead of the half came with 34 seconds to go until halftime, when freshman Kaitlin Mathewson laid one in, putting the PIos ahead 47-20. Trinity ended the half with a Jana Tucker layup and free-throw to cut the deficit to 47-23 at halftime.
The Pioneers maintained control throughout the entire second half . The teams largest lead came at the 11:39 mark when Villanueva hit back-to-back free-throws. The entire Lewis & Clark bench saw action in the second half to earn the team the 78-49 victory.