PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark women's basketball team had four players finish in double-figures in scoring on Saturday night, as the Pioneers moved past the visiting Pacific Lutheran Lutes 67-60.
With the win the Pioneers improve to 5-8 on the season and 2-2 in Northwest Conference action. The Lutes fall to 3-9 overall and 0-3 in conference action.
The Pioneers were led by a double-double from Ayisat Afolabi who knocked down 15 points, while collecting a game-high 12 rebounds. The sophomore ended the night 5-of-9 from the free-throw line and 5-of-13 from the floor. Junior Sarah Anderson scored 14 points for Lewis & Clark in the win, while Miyah Leith had 12 and Kaitlin Mathewson finished with 10.
Anderson and Cianna Ochoco each picked up a game-high three assists for the Pioneers and Afolabi and Anderson each collected a game-high three steals.
Jori Hall netted a game-high 20 points in the Lutes effort, while Megan Abdo ended the night with 11 points.
The Lutes ended the night shooting slightly better than the Pioneers, but the Pios outworked their opponent off the glass, outrebounding the Lutes 54-28.
Neither side held more than a two point lead in the first half, until the 6:01 mark when Jordan Bengen put PLU ahead 20-17. The basket spurred a 10-6 run by the Lutes that allowed them to take a seven-point advantage into the half.
Mathewson earned the lead back for the Pioneers six minutes into the second half with a jumper, making it a 39-38 game. The lead would stick for the Pioneers who went onto pick up their largest lead of the game with 6:08 remaining. An Afolabi free-throw put the Pioneers ahead 51-43.
The Lutes would get within three points in the final 30 seconds of the game, but not any closer.
"I'm proud of the way that the team responded in the second half," said head coach Asha Jordan. "We weren't satisfied with yesterdays victory and knew we couldn't let the opportunity to get our first conference win at home to slip away."
The Pioneers return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. when they host the Willamette Bearcats.