Eliazo, Leith earn NWC weekly honors

Eliazo, Leith earn NWC weekly honors

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- For the second-straight week, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers had selections for the Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week awards, the conference office announced Monday.

Miyah Leith of women's basketball and Christine Eliazo of women's tennis were picked for their first honors of the year.

Leith scored 33 points for the second-straight week to match her career best as the Pioneers defeated Linfield, 75-67, on the road. She is the only NWC scorer to have two 30-plus scoring games this season. The victory keeps Lewis & Clark in control of its own destiny for an NWC postseason tournament spot.

Eliazo, who entered the spring ranked No. 50 in the Oracle/ITA Division III Women's National Singles Rankings, won her singles match over Catrina Kwong, 6-1, 6-3, while pairing with Kacey Incerpi for an 8-3 win in the top doubles match in the season opener against George Fox. Competing on her birthday, Eliazo moved to 5-1 in singles for the entirety of her senior season so far. Last fall, she lost to top seed Ella Riddle of Linfield in the ITA Northwest Regional Championships final. Through the end of her junior season, Eliazo holds the school record for conference-only singles winning percentage (.933).

On Friday, Eliazo and the women's tennis team will host Hardin-Simmons to open the home schedule. The next night, Leith and five other women's basketball seniors will be recognized on Senior Night against Puget Sound. Leith is fourth in NWC scoring and steals per game this season and is the 11th Lewis & Clark student-athlete to go over 1,000 points for her career. She is one of seven Pioneers all-time to score 33 points or more in a single game. Leith is 20 points behind former teammate Ayisat Afolabi for the seventh-most career points at Lewis & Clark.

2017-18 Lewis & Clark NWC Student-Athletes of the Week

Sept. 25 - Pete Lahti (Football)
Oct. 5 - Obed Eriza (Football)
Nov. 8 - Hannah Osmundson (Women's Soccer)
Feb. 5 - Raed Attia (Men's Tennis)