TACOMA, Wash. -- After falling behind by 12 points in the opening half, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers worked back to get within one early in the third quarter. It was the closest the Pios would get to the Pacific Lutheran Lutes, as PLU pulled away for a 59-35 win at Names Family Court on Friday Night.
Delsie Johnson and Tori Eichten paced the Pioneers with 10 points apiece. Johnson added nine rebounds before she fouled out with less than three minutes to go in the third quarter. Eichten recorded a season-high four blocks.
Lewis & Clark entered the second half down 25-20 but pulled the game to within one early in the third quarter. The Pioneers offense stalled late in the third quarter and continued into the fourth quarter allowing the Lutes to go on a 39-10 run to finish out the game.
The Pioneers came out cold to start the game, unable to find any offensive momentum. Eichten put up the first points of the game off of an assist by Johnson but the Pioneers were only able to put up eight more points in the following 15 minutes allowing the Lutes to pull ahead 20-10. Johnson got the Pioneers going again late in the second half putting up eight of her 10 points in a span of two minutes. A lay-up by Sara Hogman with less than a minute left brought the Pioneers to within five going into half-time.
The Pioneers came out strong after the half-time break with a quick three-pointer from Alyx Crager followed by a basket from Eichten to bring the Pioneers to within one with eight minutes to go in the third quarter. This is the closest the Pioneers would get to the Lutes. Lewis & Clark found themselves in foul trouble and allowed the Lutes to get up 16 free-throws in the second half alone. The Lutes ran with this offensive momentum and finished out the game on a 39-10 run to earn them their third conference win.
- Eichten had a season-high four blocks which moves her into a tie for fifth in the conference in total blocks (15)
- Johnson had nine rebounds and is now second in the conference for total rebounds on the season (131)
- This marks the third game this season that the Pioneers have shot less than 10 percent from the three-point line
- The Pioneers had 30 turnovers which is their third-highest total this season
- Jillian Jin led the team in steals with two
- Hogman and Janessa Willie combined for six of the team's eight assists
The Pioneers continue conference play tomorrow, Jan. 12, at Puget Sound with tip-off set for 4 p.m.