Afolabi Collects Career-High 20 Rebounds in Loss at Linfield

Afolabi Collects Career-High 20 Rebounds in Loss at Linfield

McMINNVILLE, Ore. – The Lewis & Clark women's basketball team hit the road on Friday night for a Northwest Conference matchup with the Linfield Wildcats. With the home court on their side, the Wildcats pulled out a 66-55 victory. 

The loss drops the Pioneers to 3-4 in conference play and 6-10 on the season. The Wildcats move to 8-8 overall and 2-5 in the NWC.

Sophomore Ayisat Afolabi dominated the boards, finishing with a career-high 20 rebounds, while picking up her fifth double-double of the season after netting 13 points. The forward also ended the night with a block, steal and assist. Not to be outdone, junior Sarah Anderson led the Pioneers with 15 points, while senior Casey Zinn drained 10 off the bench.

Jessica McMillan led all players with 16 points, while Hannah Depew scored 14 and Amanda Hood finished the night with 12 for Linfield.

The game got off to a rough start for the Pioneers, who found them trailing 11-2 with 15:49 on the clock. An 8-2 run by Lewis & Clark over the next two minutes cut the deficit to 13-10. Linfield cruised to another double-digit lead with 6:08 until the intermission, making it a 22-12 game. Zinn drained the final shot of the half, but the Pioneers would go into the break trailing 33-21.

An Afolabi layup at the start of the second half started a string of plays that would see the Pioneers pull back within two points of their opponent. With 9:29 remaining the Pioneers cut their deficit to 43-41 courtesy of several takeaways for the Wildcats and defensive boards that setup easy makes. Linfield responded with an 8-0 run to make it a 51-41 contest with 6:44 to go. The Pioneers tried to fight their way back into the contest but would not have enough to overcome their host. 

The Pioneers host #6 George Fox on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. in the Pamplin Sports Center.