PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers lost their first conference game of the year to the Whitworth Pirates, 78-69. The Pioneers played a high energy game and established a lead in the first quarter that they were able to hold onto until the last six minutes of the game. Eight turnovers in the fourth quarter alone cemented the loss.
The Pioneers established a small lead in the first quarter thanks to the combined scoring efforts of Delsie Johnson, Jessica Cerne, and Sara Hogman, with some key blocks by Janessa Willie. The Pios were able to successfully defend their lead through the second and third quarters, despite the Pirates battling to within a point multiple times.
The fourth quarter saw a momentum shift as the Pioneers finally lost their lead to the Pirates, and then continued to make key mistakes that cost them. The Pios were trailing by three with 3:38 to go in the game but were kept alive by some key defensive rebounds by Delsie Johnson. Unfortunately, five turnovers in the last three minutes of the game gave the Pirates the points they needed to seal the win.
The Pioneers had a better field goal percentage despite being outshot by the Pirates, going 26 for 49 and hitting four of their 14 three-pointers. The Pioneers scored 22 points in the paint, with 16 fast break points and 22 bench points. The Pioneers also led in assists and blocks, but had a whopping 28 turnovers over the course of the game.
Johnson led the Pioneers in scoring, putting 19 points on the board with 10 rebounds. Hogman was the second highest scorer with 12 points with two steals. Willie led the team with six assists, while scoring seven points and getting three steals.
- Cerne, Alyx Crager, and Tori Eichten all put eight points on the board for the Pioneers
- Willie had three of the Pioneers' seven steals
- Serena Saba had one steal and scored five points
The Pioneers will next host Whitman on Sat., Jan. 5 at 4pm.