PORTLAND, Ore. -- Seniors Miyah Leith and Lauren Wood continuously stepped up when needed as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers won a key Northwest Conference game, 88-78, in overtime over the Whitworth Pirates on Saturday at Pamplin Sports Center.
Leith scored a career-high 33 points, the second time she has eclipsed her career high this season, and Wood finished with 21 and 16 rebounds as Lewis & Clark (11-10, 6-6 NWC) fought off a 35-point performance from Whitworth freshman Camy Aguinaldo.
The lead changed hands eight times in the fourth quarter. The win was important for Lewis & Clark, which has a one-game lead over Puget Sound for fourth place in the NWC standings. Puget Sound lost to George Fox on Saturday. The top four teams make the NWC tournament later this month. Whitworth is now 9-12 overall an 4-8 in the NWC.
Leith and Aguinaldo were the offensive focal point most of the night and the pair combined for 22 of 32 shooting as the game went toward a 73-73 tie at the end of regulation. Leith finished 11 of 17 from the floor and 4 of 5 from 3-point range. She added five steals and went 7 of 9 from the free-throw line. Aguinaldo shot 13 of 21, hit 8 of 10 free throws and had a game-high five assists.
Erika Kuehn had 15 points and Grace Douglas had 11 as the other Pirates in double figures.
Lewis & Clark shot 47 percent from the floor as a team, while Whitworth was 45 percent. The Pios had an advantage from 3-point range, hitting 7 of 18. Douglas, Whitworth's best 3-point shooter didn't hit her first until the second half and finished 2 of 6, as the Pirates went 7 of 26 overall. Both teams shot over 70 percent from the foul line.
The Pioneers host Pacific Lutheran on Friday before road games at Linfield and George Fox. Lewis & Clark concludes the NWC schedule on Feb. 17 by hosting Puget Sound.