PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers allowed five points to the Pacific Lutheran Lutes in the final six minutes of the game to win 74-59 on Friday night at Pamplin Sports Center.
Lewis & Clark led 56-54 with just under six minutes to go before outscoring the Lutes, 18-5, over the final stretch to secure the home win.
The Pioneers improved to 7-6 in the Northwest Conference. Puget Sound won 65-61 over Linfield on Friday to keep pace in the race for the final Northwest Conference tournament spot. Lewis & Clark had a one-game lead with three games remaining.
Miyah Leith followed her career-high, 33-point performance last Saturday with 18 points to lead four Pioneers in double figures. The senior shot 7 of 14 from the field to go with four steals. Janessa Willie added 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting and a career-high six steals.
During the Pioneers' six-minute stretch to end the game, Natalie Kelly was a key contributor, scoring eight of her season-high 14 points in the final five minutes of the game. Alyx Crager added 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting.
Emma Janousek led the Lutes with 13 points. Pacific Lutheran made 40 percent of its shots and was 4 of 16 from 3-point range. Lewis & Clark was 49 percent from the floor while making 6 of 14 from deep. The teams combined for 42 free throws. Lewis & Clark shot 16 of 23, led by Lauren Wood's 6 of 8 performance to score eight points, while the Lutes were 13 of 19. In her first start of the season, Rachel Cox scored four points and had five rebounds.
Lewis & Clark held a 23-11 advantage in points off turnovers and 20-8 edge in fastbreak points.
The Pioneers play at Linfield on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Wildcats trail Lewis & Clark by two games in the NWC standings and enter the game in sixth place.