Lewis & Clark controls from start to finish to beat Warner Pacific

Lewis & Clark controls from start to finish to beat Warner Pacific

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers built a 16-point lead in the first quarter and sustained it until the end in a 73-56 victory against the Warner Pacific Lady Knights on Monday night at C.C. Perry Gym.

Ayisat Afolabi nearly matched her season high with 22 points, including 16 in the first half, to go with 11 rebounds. It was her fourth double-double of the season.

Miyah Leith added 12 and Sara Hogman had 10 off the bench. Lewis & Clark nearly tied its season-high 26 3-point attempts, shooting 25 times from long range, making 10 of them.

The win is Lewis & Clark's seventh in eight games to begin the season after winning only a total of three games a year ago. The Pios are holding teams to the second-fewest points (55.0) among Northwest Conference teams and scoring the third-most, averaging 74 points per game.

"The coaching has done a lot for us," said Afolabi, who is averaging nearly a double-double with 14.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. "We need to play as a team, and I think we've been doing that. We need to run the floor and come out hard."

Lewis & Clark started quickly on Monday night by leading 21-7 at the end of the first quarter. The Pioneers shot 41 percent while holding the Lady Knights to 18 percent shooting in the opening period, eventually leading by 21 points at halftime.

"We're really good at running the floor and hustling and our team has special players in general, so that has been really crucial," said Rachel Cox, who added seven rebounds off the bench, which was second most to Afolabi's 11.

Overall, the Pioneers held a 51-33 advantage in rebounds, including a 20-5 edge offensively.

Lewis & Clark is done with its pre-Christmas slate of games, taking to the court in Las Vegas, Nev. next week for the D3Hoops.com Classic.

"We're excited to have the trip to come together as a team and see what we can do," said Cox.

The Pioneers play Simpson at 10 a.m. on Dec. 28 before a 2 p.m. tip against Stevens on Dec. 29. The two teams have a combined record of 3-11.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Monday

Montana St.-Northern 56, Willamette 49
Carroll 62, Pacific 55
Whitman 67, Occidental 49