FOREST GROVE, Ore. - The #10 Lewis & Clark women's basketball team hit the road Tuesday night to take on the Pacific Boxers in Northwest Conference action. The Pioneers pulled out a 70-63 win over the Boxers, moving one win closer to the end of the regular season.
The Pioneers improve to 22-2 overall and 13-2 in the NWC. The Boxers fall to 14-9 on the season and 7-8 in conference play.
Senior Kristina Williams paced the way for Lewis & Clark with a game-high 23 points. Williams ended the night 8-of-13 from the floor, while nailing 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. Sara Villanueva knocked down 12 points in the win, hitting all four of her free-throws. Junior Katie Anderson had another strong night coming off the bench for the Pios, scoring 10 points in the victory.
Alex Pfefferle led the Boxers with a team-high 19 points, while Paige Jensen led all players with 10 rebounds.
The Pioneers fell behind in the opening minutes of the first half, but took control after a jumper by sophomore Casey Zinn. Lewis & Clark managed to maintain control of the lead throughout the remainder of the half, despite the Boxers best efforts to come back.
Williams put the Pios up by as many as nine with 4:18 to play with a quick jumper. Down 32-23, the Boxers never gave up, pulling back within a point courtesy of an 11-2 run over the next three minutes. Reese DeHart laid one in for the Pioneers with seconds left in the half to send the Pioneers into the half ahead 37-34.
Kathlene Howe increased the Pioneer lead to six right out of the gate in the second half with a three pointer assisted by Williams. Tayler Wang's layup with 15:58 remaining in the game earned the Pioneers their largest lead of the game at 47-36.
Lewis & Clark kept Pacific at a safe distance until the 5:45 mark, when Olivia Cook nailed a jumper to pull the Boxers within a point. The two sides battle down the stretch with the Boxers having to foul the Pios to get the ball back. As they've done all season, the Pioneers drained their free-throws securing the victory.
Lewis & Clark closes out the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Pacific Lutheran in a 6 p.m. tipoff. The Pioneers will then host a first round Northwest Conference Tournament game on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. The opponent is still to be determined.