TACOMA, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark women's basketball team picked up a much needed win on Friday night at Pacific Lutheran, taking down the Lutes 58-43 in Northwest Conference action. The Pios were led by Ayisat Afolabi, Sarah Anderson and Miyah Leith who all ended the night in double-figures.
The win moves the Pioneers to 7-13 on the season and 4-7 in NWC play. The Pioneers are currently tied with Pacific for fifth place in the conference standings. The Lutes fall to 4-16 overall and just 1-10 in conference.
Afolabi ended the night tied with a game-high 12 points, hitting 5-of-10 from the floor. The sophomore also collected six rebounds, all on the defensive side of the court, while dishing out two assists and picking up three steals and a block. Anderson and Leith each knocked down 11 points in the win, with nine of Anderson's points coming from long range. Leith on the other hand scored 10 of her 11 points in the second half.
Senior Casey Zinn pulled down a game-high eight rebounds for the Pios, while picking up a steal. Anderson led all players with four steals. The Pioneers went to their bench quite often tonight with 14 of the teams 15 players seeing action.
Jori Hall led the Lutes with 12 points, six of which came from the free-throw line, while the other six were on the floor. Hall also led PLU with a team-high eight boards.
The Pioneers opened the game on a 10-2 run with Anderson and Afolabi teaming up for all 10 points in the opening four minutes. The Lutes responded with a 10-2 run of their own to tie the game at 12-12 with 7:42 left in the first half. Lewis & Clark rebounded, capturing their first double-digit lead of the game with 2:47 on the clock with a Caitlin Brown jumper. Zinn followed it up with a layup nearly a minute later. The Lutes hit one of two free-throws to end first half scoring with the Pios leading 26-15.
PLU pulled within six, 28-22, to start the second half courtesy of a 7-2 run. The Pioneers quickly recaptured their double-digit advantage with a layup and three-pointer from Leith. The Lutes would never get the game back to single digits with the Pioneers keeping them at a comfortable distance the rest of the way. Lewis & Clark picked up its largest lead of the game with 2:26 remaining after a Rachel Cox layup made it 56-37 Pioneers. The Lutes managed to end the game with on a 6-2 run, but it would not be enough to take down a determined Pioneer squad.
Lewis & Clark returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. when they host Pacific.