PORTLAND, Ore. - Sophomore Ayisat Afolabi scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds in the Lewis & Clark women's basketball teams 51-44 win over Schreiner on Saturday as part of the Bon Appetit NWC Tipoff Classic.
Afolabi made the most of her shots, hitting 7-of-9 from the floor and making four of her six free-throws. Casey Zinn also ended the game in double-figures in scoring, netting 15 points, while pulling down eight rebounds and collecting a game-high four blocks. Sarah Anderson scored eight points for the Pios, while freshman Lauren Wood had six.
The Mountaineers were led by 13 points and eight rebounds from Kelsie Jackson. Christonna Jones contributed 11 points to the Schreiner offense.
The first half got off to a slow start with both sides struggling to hit their shots. Wood earned the Pioneers the lead two minutes into the contest, but it would take four minutes for either team to score again. The Mountaineers battled back from the initial 4-0 deficit to take a 10-8 lead with 9:03 on the clock. Schreiner would extend its lead to 21-19 heading into halftime.
Schreiner maintained control of the scoreboard early in the second half. The Pioneers found a way to tie the game at 27-27 with 15:18 on the clock with help from four points from Zinn and three from Afolabi. An Afolabi layup gave the lead back to the Pioneers moments later. Lewis & Clark would not trail again in the game, earning their largest lead of the contest with 5:16 to go with help from three consecutive jumpers from Afolabi. The Mountaineers would cut the deficit to five points down the stretch but would never be able to take the lead back.
The Pioneers return to action on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. against Montclaire State in the teams final contest in the Bon Appetit NWC Tipoff Classic.