PORTLAND, Ore. - Every member of the Lewis & Clark women's basketball team saw action on Saturday night in the Pioneers 71-28 victory over Northwest Conference foe Willamette.
The Pioneers improve to 14-1 on the season and 5-1 in conference play. Willamette falls to 1-14 overall and 0-6 in the NWC.
Senior Neva Hauser led the Pioneers with a game-high 13 points, while Megan Spence knocked down 12 points. Junior Sara Villanueva and sophomore Cassie Beucherie each finished the night with eight points. Sophomore Tayler Wang led the Pioneers with a game-high eight rebounds, while Spence collected seven boards.
Dora Rabih and Kaileigh Westermann each scored a team-high seven points for the Bearcats. Rabih led Willamette with eight rebounds, while Westermann pulled down seven.
JoJo DeLong put the Bearcats ahead 3-0 to start the game but it would be the largest lead Willamette would hold in the contest. A layup by Villanueva with 18:18 on the clock gave the Pioneers their first lead of the game. The Pioneers would take control of the scoreboard for good with 17:30 remaining in the half on a Hauser layup in the paint fed in by Spence.
Lewis & Clark would accumulate a 15 point, 23-8, lead halfway through the first period when Spence converted on the untraditional three point play with 10:47 until halftime. Beucherie handed the Pioneers their largest lead of the half with a jumper at the 1:49 mark, putting the Bearcats in a 41-15 hole heading into the locker room.
The second half of action was all Pioneers with Lewis & Clark outscoring Willamette 30-13. The Pios received 22 of their 33 second half points from the bench with everyone on the team seeing action on the second period.
The Pioneers return to the court on Friday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. when they host Pacific for PAC(K) Pamplin.