Late three by Crager not enough in loss to No. 19 EOU

Late three by Crager not enough in loss to No. 19 EOU

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers took the lead on Alyx Crager's 3-pointer with 37 seconds left but didn't score again in a 66-63 loss to Eastern Oregon on Sunday afternoon at Pamplin Sports Center.

The loss snaps Lewis & Clark's six-game winning streak. Eastern Oregon entered the game ranked 19th nationally in the NAIA Division II poll.

Stormee Van Belle made four free throws following Crager's 3-point attempt. She was fouled by Ayisat Afolabi after working deep into the Pioneers defense with 10 seconds left and made the first two foul shots.

Sarah Anderson was Lewis & Clark's leading scorer with 14 points after shooting 4 of 9 from 3-point range.

Lewis & Clark had the game's largest lead, eight, after Anderson made back-to-back threes to start the second quarter. The Pioneers stayed in front to lead 33-30 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Payton Parrish made a 3-pointer and put EOU (11-2) on top for the first time since the first quarter. Van Belle's three made it a six-point lead, the largest of the game for the Mountaineers, with 1:07 left in the period.

The lead changed hands six times and the score was tied four times in the fourth quarter. Anderson had six points and Miyah Leith had five for the Pioneers. Lewis & Clark shot nine 3-pointers, making four, and both teams shot over 40 percent in the quarter. Jessica Sexson scored all seven of her points for Eastern Oregon, including 3 of 3 from the foul line.

Following a game Monday at Warner Pacific, a Cascade Conference-mate of EOU's, the Pios (6-2) play at the Classic on Dec. 28-29 in Las Vegas, Nev. before returning to Northwest Conference play at George Fox on Jan. 3.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Sunday

Puget Sound 72, Buena Vista 64
Trinity (Texas) 81, Pacific Lutheran 62