KIRKLAND, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers were outscored 26-17 in the third quarter and scored only two points in the first four minutes of the final period to lose 76-68 to the Northwest Eagles at The Pavilion on Tuesday night.
Lewis & Clark (5-4) had led by as many as nine points in the first half. Despite falling behind by 12 points in the fourth quarter, the Pioneers rallied back to get within 70-67 when Rachel Cox scored a putback with 2:12 remaining. The Eagles scored six of the next seven points to close out the win.
The Pioneers made 2 of 16 3-point attempts in the second half after hitting 4 of 9 in the first half. Northwest shot a season-high 48 percent from the floor and 42 percent from the 3-point line.
The game opened with a series of runs. After the Eagles took a 6-0 lead, the Pios scored nine-straight points. Northwest (3-6) answered with a 5-0 streak before Lewis & Clark used an 11-0 run to eventually build a 20-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Alyx Crager, who finished with a game-high 16 points, shot well in the opening half, making 3 of 5 from 3-point range for 11 points. Janessa Willie, who came into the game third in the Northwest Conference in assists per game, had five assists and four points in the first half. She finished with six points and six assists.
Lewis & Clark is idle until Dec. 29-30 when it plays at the Colorado College Classic.