First Half Advantage Propels Women's Basketball to 53-46 Win

First Half Advantage Propels Women's Basketball to 53-46 Win

SALEM, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark women's basketball team road its first half advantage to a 53-46 Northwest Conference win on Tuesday night at Willamette. 

The win moves the Pioneers to 8-14 on the season and 5-8 in conference play with just three games remaining in the regular season. The Bearcats fall to 6-16 overall and 1-12 in the NWC. 

Juniors Sarah Anderson and Kaitlin Mathewson were the only Pioneers to finish in double-figures, with Anderson leading the team with 14 points. Mathewson came off the bench to score 10 points for the Pios in just 21 minutes of action. Ayisat Afolabi led the team in rebounds with nine, while Miyah Leith collected eight. Cianna Ochoco picked up a game-high three steals for Lewis & Clark, while Lauren Wood had two steals, eight points and five rebounds. 

Kylie Towery was the only Bearcat to end in double figures, netting a game-high 15 points, while teammate Ashley Evans ended the night with a team-high six rebounds. 

Anderson and Leith each made early layups to put the Pioneers in charge 4-0 out of the gate. After briefly giving up the lead, the Pioneers recaptured it at the 16:16 mark on a Afolabi layup and would not look back. Lewis & Clark took its largest lead of the game with 6:18 left to play in the first half, with Casey Zinn putting the Pios ahead 25-13 with a jumper assisted by Ochoco.

The Bearcats pulled back within seven points as the two sides headed into the locker room with the Pioneers leading 29-22. 

The seven point lead at the break proved to be the difference maker for the Pioneers as both teams netted just 24 points in the second half. Despite the even scoring, the Pioneers never relinquish control of the lead or let the Bearcats closer than four points. 

The Pioneers return to the court on Saturday, Feb. 14 with a 4 p.m. contest against Puget Sound in the Pamplin Sports Center.