Women's Basketball Battles No. 19 Calvin

Women's Basketball Battles No. 19 Calvin

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - The Lewis & Clark women's basketball team fell 58-44 on Monday afternoon after taking on No. 19 Calvin in the Pioneers final game of the UC-Santa Cruz Tournament. 

The Pioneers move to 3-6 on the season, while Calvin improves to a perfect 8-0. 

Ayisat Afolabi scored a team-high 11 points off the bench for Lewis & Clark, while pulling down nine rebounds, picking up a game-high three steals and four blocks. Freshman Lauren Wood led the PIoneers with a game-high 10 rebounds to go with six points, two steals and two assists. Kaitlin Mathewson netted eight points for the Pioneers, while Sarah Anderson and Natalie Kelly each scored six. 

Kayla Engelhard scored a game-high 24 points for Calvin, while Hannah Acre knocked down 16. 

After a Wood jumper put the Pioneers ahead at the start, the Knights bounced back to take a 12-6 advantage with 13:12 on the clock. Lewis & Clark trailed until the 2:40 mark when Afolabi laid one in after collecting an offensive board on a Mathewson miss. Acre responded moments later to earn Calvin the lead back.

A foul by Anna Timmer with 1:34 left until halftime sent Mathewson to the charity stripe, where the junior sank both shots to earn the Pioneers a one point, 26-25, lead. Despite having several chances, the Knights were unable to put the ball in the basket, allowing the Pios to take a one-point advantage into the intermission.

The second half started out with the two sides trading baskets. Calvin eventually settled down and took its first double-digit lead of the game with 15:49 to go. The Pioneers would only be able to pull within six points the rest of the way as the Knights went on to take the game.  

The Pioneers return to action on Friday, Jan. 2 for the start of Northwest Conference action when they host the Whitman Missionaries at 6 p.m.