PORTLAND, Ore. – Despite receiving a game-high 20 points from Ayisat Afolabi, the Lewis & Clark women's basketball team could not overcome the Warner Pacific Knights, picking up a heartbreaking 48-47 loss to their hosts on Tuesday night.
The sophomore forward hit made 7-of-15 from the floor, while making five of her eight free-throws for a season-high 20 points. Afolabi ended the night with seven rebounds, just one shy of a game-high, while picking up three steals and two blocks. Senior Casey Zinn and freshman Lauren Wood finished with a game-high eight boards, while Sarah Anderson picked uap three rebounds and nine points.
Jordan Wilcox ended the night with a team-high 14 points for the Knights, hwle Lindsay Loe finished with 10.
Wood hit the games first basket, which helped spur a 12-3 Pioneer run over the opening 11 minutes of play. Lewis & Clark continued to hold the lead until the 1:35 mark when Lisa Chiem nailed a three-pointer to give the Knights a 20-19 advantage. The Chiem basket would be the last of the half, giving the Knights the one point lead heading into halftime.
The Knights continued to increase their lead at the start of the second half, taking their largest lead of the contest with 17:03 to play with Loe making it a 32-21 game.
The Pioneers responded with a 14-3 run over the next eight minutes tying the contest at 35-35. Freshman Miyah Leith laid one in seconds later to give the lead back to Lewis & Clark. The two teams would trade possession of the lead over the remainder of the contest. Trailing 48-43, Wood hit back-to-back shots to pull the Pioneers within a point of the Knights with 1:03 left on the clock. The Pioneers got one more shot off before time expired, but were unable to connect picking up the one point loss rather than one point win.