End of half run leads to defeat for Pioneers

End of half run leads to defeat for Pioneers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A 3-pointer from Janessa Willie appeared to have the Lewis & Clark Pioneers on an upswing to end the first half, but the Illinois Wesleyan Titans used a 12-2 run to lead at halftime as the Pios lost 80-58 on Saturday at Reid Arena.

The defeat caps off Lewis & Clark's non-conference schedule and a 1-1 performance at the Colorado College Classic following Friday's 60-51 win over the host team.

Willie finished with eight points, all from the opening half. She assisted a layup by Serena Saba before hitting a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions to give the Pioneers their largest lead of the game, 35-29. Illinois Wesleyan ended the half outscoring the Pioneers by 10 to take a four-point lead at halftime.

Lewis & Clark closed to within four in the third quarter, 50-46, on Sara Hogman's 3-pointer, one of five the Pios made. Illinois Wesleyan turned around with a 7-0 run to extend the lead to a then-game high of 11 points. The Titans eventually won by 22, which is Lewis & Clark's largest margin of defeat this season.

The teams shot 23 free throws combined in the first half with Lewis & Clark making 8 of 13. Illinois Wesleyan finished 15 of 21 from the line, while the Pioneers were 9 of 17.

Alyx Crager led the Pios in scoring for the second-straight game, scoring 11 on 5 of 10 shooting. Miyah Leith and Hogman added nine points apiece, while Lauren Wood and Kelley Koeppen had five each. Wood had a team-high seven rebounds followed by Leith's six.

With a game-best 16 points, Ashley Schneider was one of four in double-digit scoring for the Titans.

Turnovers were a factor as well, especially in the first half. Lewis & Clark committed 17 of its 22 turnovers in the first half, which led to 17 points for the Titans. Illinois Wesleyan had 24 points off turnovers total. Saturday was the first game since Nov. 21 in which the Pioneers committed 20 or more turnovers. 

Lewis & Clark finishes the non-conference season with a 6-5 mark and will take its 1-1 Northwest Conference record to Spokane, Wash. on Friday to resume conference games against Whitworth. 

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