SPOKANE, Wash. - Junior Kristina Williams put together a strong second half of action to help lead the Lewis & Clark women's basketball team past Whitworth, 69-56, in the Pioneers Northwest Conference opener.
The 18th ranked Pioneers improve to 6-0 on the season and open NWC action 1-0. The Pirates are now 2-5 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
Emily Guthrie scored a team-high 15 points for the Pirates, while Lexi Blecher chipped in nine points.
The Pioneers opened the contest with a 9-2 advantage five minutes in to the half. The Pirates cut the deficit to take a 15-11 lead on a Kendra Lahue layup with 12:30 remaining. Spence earned the lead back for the Pioneers with a three pointer but the two sides would trade leads the remainder of the half. A three pointer from Williams with 2:34 on the clock would give the Pioneers the lead heading into the locker room.
Lewis & Clark led the entire second half earning its first double digit lead, 51-41, with 7:05 to play on a Katie Anderson layup. The Pirates pulled within two points just minutes later courtesy of Belcher. It would not take long before the Pioneers took full control of the game starting with a free-throw by Williams. The Pioneers would go onto outscore the Pirates 18-7 the rest of the way.
The Pioneers took advantage of second chance points, finishing the game with an 18-4 advantage with 13 of their second chance points coming in the second half alone.
Lewis & Clark returns to the court on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. against Whitman College.