TACOMA, Wash. - The #10 Lewis & Clark women's basketball team pulled out another tightly contest win over Puget Sound, taking down the Loggers 76-74 in Northwest Conference action.
The Pioneers improve to 20-2 on the season and 11-2 in the NWC. The win and a George Fox loss to Whitman moves the Pioneers into sole possession of first place in the conference. The Loggers slip to 12-10 overall and 5-8 in conference.
Senior Kristina Williams had the hot hand for the Pioneers, knocking down 21 points while collecting 11 rebounds. Tayler Wang also collected a double-double for the Pios, scoring 10 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Katie Anderson continues to be the Pioneers stud off the bench, scoring 18 points in the win.
Kelsey McKinnis led the Loggers with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Sarah Stewart ended the night with 15 points for UPS.
The Loggers stared the game on a 7-0 run over the first five minutes, which was the largest lead either team would have. The Pioneers responded with six unanswered points to pull back within a point of UPS.
Another Logger run increased the Pioneer deficit. Lewis & Clark responded with a 9-0 run to take control of the lead at 25-23 after two Casey Zinn free-throws. The Pios managed to keep the momentum on their side, taking a slim 35-32 advantage into the half.
Puget Sound did not back down, coming out of the locker room with a 10-1 run, taking a 42-36 lead just four minutes into the second half. The Loggers would go onto a 50-43 lead before the Pioneers could respond.
Anderson capped off an 11-4 Pio run with a layup to tie the game at 54 all. The two sides managed to switch possession of the lead four times over the final 10 minutes of the contest.
Sara Villanueva laid one in with 1:44 on the clock to increase the Pioneer advantage to five points. The Loggers pulled within one on an Erin Stumbaugh layup with under a minute remaining.
Wang nailed one of two free-throws with six seconds remaining to keep the Pios out in front. With the ball with six seconds remaining the Loggers could not get a shot off, falling by two.
Lewis & Clark returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. in the Pamplin Sports Center against Willamette. The Pioneers will recognize their seniors prior to the start of the contest. Fans are encouraged to wear white in an effort to 'white out' the gym. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be raffling off items, as well as taking donations all in support of the Special Olympics of Oregon.