Delay, turnovers hamper Pios in return from 16-day layoff

Delay, turnovers hamper Pios in return from 16-day layoff

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A delay of two hours and a school-record 39 turnovers plagued the Lewis & Clark Pioneers in Friday's 85-41 loss to the Bethel Royals at Pamplin Sports Center. The delay was the result of a scheduling error with the officials.

Bethel scored 44 points off Lewis & Clark giveaways and outshot the Pioneers, 49 to 28 percent. The Royals opened to a 15-3 lead through the first quarter.

Alyx Crager scored 12 points on a perfect 4 for 4 performance from 3-point range in limited minutes (15). Kayla Chong also hit two 3-pointers for six points off the bench.

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Key Moments

Lewis & Clark (2-9) started the game making only one of its first 16 shots from the floor, a 3-pointer from Chong with 3:14 remaining. Meanwhile, the Royals hit 6 of 15 (40 percent) to take the 12-point lead at the end of the first period. Hannah Johnson finished with a game-high 21 points, one of three in double figures for Bethel. She added nine in the second quarter.

The Pioneers bounced back in the second with Crager getting nine of her 12 points in the quarter. Crager hadn't played more than two minutes in her last two games before Friday. Bethel ran its lead to 22-3 before Crager's first make of the quarter.

The Royals (7-3) outscored Lewis & Clark, 49-21, in the second half as the Pios made 1 of 10 tries in the final quarter.

Deeper Look

  • Lewis & Clark's 28.3 shooting percentage is its lowest since Dec. 4 when the Pioneers shot 27 percent in a 64-58 loss to Northwest
  • However, the Pios made at least six 3-pointers for the third time in four games and outshot Bethel from deep, 43 to 33 percent
  • The Pioneers have had over 30 turnovers in each of their last two games
  • Friday's 39 turnovers surpass the previous program high of 38 against Whitworth in 1990
  • Crager and Chong combined for 22 points to help the Pios outscore Bethel, 26-17, off the bench
  • Delsie Johnson, who came in averaging 11.4 points per game, was held to a single field goal for just the second time in her career
  • Johnson's five rebounds are her fewest since collecting one on Nov. 30 against George Fox
  • Tori Eichten had multiple blocks for the third time this season and second time in the last three games, giving her 34 in 35 career games
  • Sara Hogman started her fourth straight game and had five assists, the second-highest total of her career, and matched her career high with three steals
  • Chong, a freshman, had multiple steals for the first time in her career and also played her most minutes ever (16)
  • Peyton Romo made her second consecutive start
  • Logan Kelly had her fifth game with six or more rebounds after gathering six on Friday
  • Lewis & Clark's 10 steals match its season high for the third time, and its five blocks are the second most this year
  • Bethel made 21 of 32 free throws, the most attempts by a Lewis & Clark opponent since Caltech tried 33 on Nov. 25

Looking Ahead

Lewis & Clark resumes Northwest Conference games on Jan. 4 against Whitworth.