Pioneers lose for the first time in Northwest Conference play

Pioneers lose for the first time in Northwest Conference play

NEWBERG, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers battled back after falling behind by 21 points in the first quarter in a 79-61 defeat against the No. 20 George Fox Bruins on Tuesday night at the Wheeler Sports Complex.

The Pioneers committed a season-high 29 turnovers, 13 of which came in the first quarter, to lose for just the second time in their first 11 games. George Fox (9-2; 2-1 Northwest Conference) scored 26 points off Lewis & Clark's turnovers, while the Pios put in 19 points on George Fox's 24 giveaways.

Ayisat Afolabi had 15 points and 13 rebounds, her seventh double-double of the season, to go with double-digit scoring from Sarah Anderson and Rachel Cox who had 17 and 13 apiece, respectively.

Bailey McDevitt led the Bruins with 15 points. George Fox shot its best from 3-point range on the season, making 59 percent of its tries. Overall, it was the best shooting performance in the Bruins last three games.

Trailing 41-19 at halftime, the Pioneers went on a 9-0 run in the third quarter and outscored George Fox, 20-14, to get to within 16 points.

Lewis & Clark (9-3; 2-1 NWC) stays in second place in the Northwest Conference standings and will play the first-place Puget Sound Loggers on Saturday. Both of the Pios' games this week are against top-25 teams in the latest Women's Top-25 poll. The Loggers are idle until Friday when they host Willamette after entering the week No. 18 in the nation.