Women's Basketball Falls 74-43 at #3 George Fox

Women's Basketball Falls 74-43 at #3 George Fox

NEWBERG, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark women's basketball team fell 74-43 at #3 George Fox on Friday night in the Pioneers final Northwest Conference road game of the season. 

The loss drops the Pioneers to 8-16 on the season and 5-10 in conference play. The Bruins remain undefeated with a 25-0 overall record and 16-0 conference record. The Bruins are one of just three undefeated teams in the country. 

The Pioneers were led by nine points from freshman Lauren Wood, who played just 12 minutes off the bench. The forward also ended the night tied with a team-high two steals, while picking up a rebound. Casey Zinn scored eight points for Lewis & Clark, while Ayisat Afolabi and Cianna Ochoco each netted six points. Afolabi led the Pioneers with a team-high 10 rebounds with nine of them coming on the defensive side of the court. The sophomore also picked up two steals, two blocks and two assists. Zinn pulled down nine boards for L&C.

Lauren Codling picked up the games only double-double with a game-high 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Bruins. Jami Morris scored 15 points for George Fox and teammate Justine Benner had 14. 

Despite the score line, neither team shot well with both sides shooting under 50% from the floor and three-point range. Lewis & Clark held the edge in free-throw shooting percentage with the Pios missing just one of their eight attempts from the charity stripe.

George Fox looked to be in trouble early with Lewis & Clark opening the game on an impressive 10-0 run. Ochoco started the run with a three-pointer, which was followed by back-to-back missed shots by the Bruins. Zinn made it a 5-0 game after a Miyah Leith rebound sent the Pioneers flying down the court. After yet another missed GFU shot, the Pioneers capitalized with an Afolabi jumper with 17:17 on the clock. Ochoco capped off the run the same way she started it, after an Afolabi steal helped Leith set her up from long range.

The excited was short lived as the Bruins responded with an 18-2 run over the next seven minutes to take the lead for good. 

Lewis & Clark closes out the season on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. in the Pamplin Sports Center against Linfield. The Pioneers will honor their lone senior, Zinn, prior to the game.