PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark women's basketball team sent the George Fox Bruins into the locker room trailing for the first time this season on Saturday night in the Pamplin Sports Center, but the Bruins bounced back in the second half to win the game 63-43.
The Pioneers move to 6-11 on the season and 3-5 in the Northwest Conference. The Bruins remain undefeated with a 17-0 overall record and 8-0 NWC standing.
Senior Casey Zinn knocked down 11 points off the bench for the Pioneers, while teammate Miyah Leith also collected 11 points. Lauren Wood finished two points shy of a double-double, netting eight points to go with a team-high 12 rebounds. Junior Sarah Anderson also finished with eight points for the Pioneers. Defensively, Zinn and Wood each picked up two blocks, while Leith finished with a game-high four steals.
Justine Benner led all players with 21 points for the Bruins, while Sammy Naluai ended the night with 12 and Jami Morris netted 11. Lauren Codling finished the evening with a game-high 14 boards.
Lewis & Clark came out ready to go in the first half, taking the Bruins by surprise with an early 5-0 lead with baskets by Anderson and Wood. George Fox did not take its first lead of the game until the 8:29 mark when Benner put the Bruins up 14-13. The Bruins maintained the advantage until the final minute of the half when Cianna Ochoco hit desperation three-pointer with the shot clock winding down to one second. The long range basket sent the Pioneers into the half leading the sixth best team in the nation 22-21.
Tonight's game marked just the second time the Bruins have trailed at halftime this season and the first time they have trailed a Northwest Conference team at the intermission.
Unfortunately the Pioneers were unable to sustain their momentum in the second half with the Bruins quickly taking control. George Fox picked up a double-digit advantage just four minutes into the period, before taking a 20 point lead with 7:12 left to play. The Pioneers earned a couple points down the stretch but the Bruins managed to close out the game with the 20 point victory.
Lewis & Clark is set to start the second half of the conference season on Friday, Jan. 30 at Whitworth. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.