PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers lost to the Northwest Eagles despite establishing an early lead and maintaining it for most of the game. The Pioneers lost 64-58 after the Eagles pulled ahead with 7 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Up until that point, the Pioneers had been playing well, establishing a double-digit lead twice in the game with the highest gap at 18 points.
Freshman Delise Johnson continues to be a leader for the Pioneers with 18 points, 16 rebounds, and three steals against the Eagles. She was closely followed by Alyx Crager who put the Pios on the scoreboard with a three-pointer 30 seconds into the game. Crager scored 17 points overall.
Alyx Crager put the Pioneers on the board with a three pointer to start the game and followed it up with a second one to extend the lead to four points. The Pioneers then went on to score 11 more points before allowing another Eagles basket. The Pios were able to keep the Eagles to only nine points in the first quarter.
The Pioneers had a 10 point run at the beginning of the second half, extending their lead in the third quarter to 18 points, the largest gap of the game. The Eagles then went on to outscore the Pioneers 42-28 in the second half.
Delsie Johnson had a key steal with 2:18 to go in the last quarter and got fouled, sinking both shots and going 10 for 10 from the free throw line.
- Starter Jillian Jin put eight points on the board and led the team with six assists
- The Pioneers were almost perfect from the free throw line, making 13 of their 14 shots
- Freshmen Peyton Romo, Julia Barsocchini, and Jessica Cerne put a total of nine points on the board for the Pios
- Delsie Johnson had three steals, while Sara Hogman and Logan Kelly each had two, helping the Pioneers outsteal the Eagles 10-5
The Pioneers will next play the College of Idaho at Eastern Oregon on Sat., Dec. 8 at 5pm.