PORTLAND, Ore. – It was a slow start to open the game for both teams as the George Fox Bruins and Lewis & Clark Pioneers combined for four points during the opening three minutes. The Bruins closed the opening quarter on an 8-2 run as the Pios lost at Pamplin Sports Center, 80-58, on Saturday night.
The Bruins raced out to a 38-17 halftime advantage outscoring the Pios, 21-6, in the second quarter to win their third straight game. The Pioneers could not get on track from the field, shooting 23 percent (6 of 26) in the opening 20 minutes with 15 turnovers. They shot 28.6 percent (4-of-14) in the opening quarter.
Lewis & Clark has lost two in a row for the first time this season, falling to 9-8 overall and 4-4 in the NWC. It was only the second home loss in seven games (5-2) for the Pioneers. George Fox has won 12 of its last 13 games.
Janessa Willie led the Pioneers with 14 points with Natalie Kelly adding nine. Lauren Wood grabbed 10 rebounds, her ninth game this season (14th career) with double-digit boards.
George Fox (14-3, 7-1 NWC) was led by four players in double figures as Haylee Hutzler scored a game-high 21 points. Haley Strowbridge (16), Kaitlin Jamieson (11) and Madison Hull (10) rounded out the scoring in double figures.
The home team did rally in the third quarter to cut its deficit to 15 points (59-44) with a 13-2 run led by Alyx Crager (5 points) and Rachel Cox (4 points). The Pioneers outscored the Bruins in the third quarter, 25-21, on 56 percent from the field (9 of 16).
Willie scored nine of her team-high 12 points in the third quarter, while the Pios' defense forced nine George Fox turnovers.
For the game, Lewis & Clark shot 36 percent from the field (21 of 58) to the Bruins 49 percent (27 of 55). Both teams committed their share of turnovers with the home team holding a 24-22 edge.
Lewis & Clark continues Northwest Conference play traveling to Pacific on Tuesday at 6 p.m.