PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers posted a season-high 33 turnovers in route to a 77-54 loss to the Warner Pacific Knights. The Pioneers (2-8, NWC 1-1) handled full-court pressure by the Knights (7-3) well but could not control the ball in the half-court. The Pioneers had a solid performance from the field shooting 36.4 percent but struggled from beyond the arc going 1 for 13 from three.
Delsie Johnson led the Pioneers with 10 points while Julia Barsocchini, Tori Eichten and Peyton Romo each added eight. Romo, in her first career start also pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds, seven of which were offensive.
A slow start to the game by both teams kept the score 0-0 for the first two minutes before two quick baskets by Eichten gave the Pioneers a 4-0 lead with less than eight minutes to play in the first. The Knights would battle back to tie the game and then take a 10-4 lead with five minutes to play in the first quarter. Consecutive made free throws by Barsocchini and another by sophomore point guard Jillian Jin tied the game 12-12 with less than two minutes to play in the first but the Knights would close out the quarter with a 7-0 run.
The Pioneers entered half-time down by only 10 despite amassing 22 turnovers in the first half. Unfortunately, the Pioneers could find little offensive momentum in the third quarter scoring only two points to the Knights 14 in the first five minutes of the quarter. The Pioneers found some offensive spark late in the third quarter with consecutive baskets by Coco Shafer, Sara Hogman and Romo along with free-throws by Johnson but it was not enough to pull out the upset.
- Romo had her first collegiate start and set a career-high in rebounds (10) and matched her career-high in points (8)
- The Pioneers had a season-low 7.7 percent performance from the three-point line
- Laurel Marchant had a career-high seven points and led the team in steals with three
- The Pioneers had a season-high 33 turnovers
- Johnson played a career-high 33 minutes
The Pioneers are off for winter break and will return to Pamplin on Dec. 28 to take on Bethel (Minn.) at 2 p.m.