FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Sara Hogman scored eight points in a one-minute span to help the Lewis & Clark Pioneers come back from 13 down in the second half and defeat the Pacific Boxers, 61-56, at Stoller Center on Tuesday night.
In her most game action since late December, Hogman finished with 12 points off the bench, which included two 3-pointers and a layup just past the halfway point of the fourth quarter. Her first triple brought the Pios within one before Lauren Wood scored a layup to give Lewis & Clark its first lead since the early second quarter.
"I was open and shot it with confidence," said Hogman, who hadn't played double-digit minutes since Dec. 30. "Told ourselves that we need to clean it up on the offensive end and get stops on defense. That's how we win games is defense and running on teams, and we did that in our press."
The win was key in the race for a Northwest Conference tournament berth, as it moves the fourth-place Pioneers to 5-4 in the conference standings, a game-and-a-half ahead of Puget Sound and Linfield. Lewis & Clark (10-8, 5-4 NWC) hosts third-place Willamette on Saturday at 5 p.m., a team that beat the Pios, 74-65, in the first meeting last month.
After trailing Pacific 35-26 at halftime and falling behind 43-30 with about three minutes to go in the third, the Pioneers outscored Pacific, 23-4, over the next 10 minutes of gameplay to eventually lead 56-47 with 2:40 remaining in the game.
Coming off a 14-point performance last Saturday in an 80-65 loss to George Fox, Janessa Willie scored 13 on Tuesday to give her a third instance of scoring double digits in at least back-to-back games this season. Wood also finished in double figures with 10 points along with 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double this season.
Pacific (3-14, 2-7 NWC) had three in double figures, led by Kaela Collins' 13 points. After shooting 54 percent in the first quarter, the Boxers never shot better than 32 percent in any other period and started 0 for 5 from the field in the fourth quarter, wasting the nine-point lead that resulted from outscoring Lewis & Clark 18-10 in the second quarter.
"We were a little frazzled," said Hogman. "We didn't make some good passes and weren't executing on the offensive end, but we fixed that in the second half."
Lewis & Clark had 11 first-half turnovers and finished with 21 in the game. Yet, the Pioneers held a 23-13 advantage in points off turnovers. The Pois shot 39 percent from the floor, while Pacific made 31 percent of its shots. The Boxers were better from 3-point range (7 of 22) and the free-throw line (9 of 13), as the Pios shot 5 of 22 from distance and 2 of 19 at the line.
The win ends a two-game losing skid for the Pioneers, who haven't lost three straight games all season.
"It's huge for our confidence, what other teams think of us and it is huge for our next game on Saturday."
Saturday's game with Willamette begins a stretch of four home games in a row for the Pioneers.