PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers struggled to maintain any offensive momentum as they lost to the Whitman Blues, 77-46. The Pioneers (2-11, NWC 1-2) continue to be plagued by turnovers, with the Blues (9-3, NWC 3-0) scoring 22 points off of giveaways. The Pioneers also ran into foul trouble early, ending the game with 20 team fouls overall.
The Blues outshot the Pios, 40 to 28 percent, which opened up a 27 point lead by the end of the half. Delsie Johnson led the scoring efforts with 16 points, hitting seven of 10 free throws. Janessa Willie was also perfect from the free throw line, going four for four. The Pios found some momentum through the third quarter, putting the most points on the board for the game, with Laurel Marchant scoring a buzzer beater to end the quarter.
The Blues outscored the Pioneers significantly in the first half, establishing a lead that the Pios couldn't overcome for the rest of the game, despite much closer point averages in the second and third quarters. The Blues ended the first half up by 27 points.
The Pioneers found some spark in the 3rd quarter, scoring 15 to the Blues 14 despite seven turnovers.
- Kayla Chong, Laurel Marchant and Jessica Cerne combined for 10 of the Pioneers 16 bench points
- Coco Shafer had two rebounds and one block in limited minutes (7)
- Jillian Jin put up five points with two assists
The Pioneers head to Pacific Lutheran on Fri., Jan. 11 at 6:00pm for their next conference match.