PORTLAND, Ore. - The #17 Lewis & Clark women's basketball team started the 2013-14 season on Friday night in the Pamplin Sports Center, hosting the programs annual Bon Appetit Tournament. The tournament features Willamette, La Verne, SUNY Geneseo and the Pioneers. The Pioneers opened the tournament against the Knights of SUNY Geneseo, falling 63-62 in the final seconds.
Senior Katie Anderson led the way for the Pioneers with a team-high 18 points, hitting five of seven from the free-throw line. Anderson also led the Pioneers in assists, while collecting two rebounds and one steal. Tayler Wang ended the night with 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds to go with her game-high four steals.
Senior Daron Dean started her first regular season game in a year after being forced to sit out last season with a knee injury. Dean scored seven points for the Pios, while pulling down six boards. Ayisat Afolabi was the only freshman to see action for the Pioneers, finishing four of eight from the free-throw line, contributing to her six points for L&C. Afolabi also collected four rebounds, as did senior Kathlene Howe.
The Pioneers received 21 of their 62 points from their bench, while knocking down 18 points on Geneseo turnovers.
Shannon McGinnis led all players with 22 points for the Knights and 11 rebounds. McGinnis was 10 of 19 from the floor for Geneseo.
Lewis & Clark never relinquished control of the lead in the first half after Anderson laid one in in the paint at the 17:30 mark. The Pios largest lead of the half came with 2:13 to play until halftime on a Wang layup that made it a 37-24 contest.
The second half also belonged to the Pioneers until the final three seconds of the contest when Biz Reinhardt earned the Knights first lead in nearly 38 minutes with a layup. With time quickly getting away the Pioneers tried one final effort but were unable to get the shot off before the buzzer.
The Pioneers take on La Verne in their final game of the tournament at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.