Leith eclipses 1,000 career points, but the Pios fall in Tacoma

Leith eclipses 1,000 career points, but the Pios fall in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. -- Senior Miyah Leith became the 11th Lewis & Clark Pioneers women's basketball student-athlete to move past the 1,000-point mark in Friday's 77-65 loss to the Puget Sound Loggers at Memorial Fieldhouse.

Entering the game in need of 19 points to achieve the milestone, Leith had a career-high 27 points on 8 of 15 shooting to join Ayisat Afolabi as 1,000-point scorers in back-to-back years for Lewis & Clark. Leith went past 19 points midway through the third quarter on her way to the game high.

"Overall, we played hard, and we are all very proud of Miyah for surpassing 1,000 career points," said head coach Pamela Findlay. "She really led the way offensively for us tonight."

Leith paired with senior classmate Lauren Wood to score Lewis & Clark's first 11 points of the game, as the Pios built a six-point lead through the first three-plus minutes of the game. The edge ended up being Lewis & Clark's largest of the game. Wood finished with eight points and seven rebounds.

Puget Sound (8-9, 3-5 NWC) rallied back to take an 18-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Loggers, who had lost four straight before Tuesday's win over Pacific Lutheran, scored seven of the first nine points in the second half to lead by nine at the end of the third quarter. Lewis & Clark was outscored 23-16 in the period.

"We executed some key parts of our game plan," said Findlay. "We took care of the ball and limited easy baskets in the low post by [Jamie] Lange. Credit to Puget Sound for hitting some crucial outside shots early in the second half."

Lewis & Clark (9-7, 4-3 NWC) finished with a season-low 10 turnovers while forcing 18 by Puget Sound. The difference helped the Pios finish plus-9 in points off turnovers, 24-15.

The Loggers were 4 of 9 from 3-point range in the third quarter. Lange, who is third in the Northwest Conference in scoring, was limited to 13 points, her lowest total in the last five games and fourth-worst scoring output all season. Puget Sound was led by 14 points from Cassidy Daughtery.

Alyx Crager joined Leith in double figures with 13 points on 3 of 10 shooting from 3-point range. The Pioneers had only their third sub-25 percent shooting night from long range all year and were under 35 percent overall for just third time since late November. Janessa Willie had a game-high six assists to go with five points.

The loss spoiled the Pioneers' bid for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Lewis & Clark remains a game ahead of Linfield for fourth place in the NWC. On Saturday, Lewis & Clark hosts George Fox, which is tied for second place with Willamette. The game starts at 5 p.m. at Pamplin Sports Center.

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