Pioneers unable to earn comeback win despite strong third quarter

Pioneers unable to earn comeback win despite strong third quarter

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers exchanged leads with the Puget Sound Loggers six times in the opening 14 minutes of the Pios' 78-61 loss on Saturday. Much like the night before, Lewis & Clark dug back from Puget Sound's 15-point, first-half lead to get with a single possession numerous times in the second half. The Pioneers never got back on top.

Alyx Crager started hot from the floor and finished with a team-high 17 points. Delsie Johnson added a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Janessa Willie had 12 bench points for the Pioneers. The Pioneers came out strong in the third quarter which has notoriously been a weak point for them this season. The Pioneers outscored the Loggers 20-14 to pull the game to within two points going into the fourth quarter.  

Puget Sound's Jamie Lange had a double-double, earning a season-high 29 points and 15 rebounds. 

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Key Moments 

Coming off of a slow offensive start the night before the Pioneers came out strong to start the first quarter even pulling out to a four-point lead after a three-pointer from Crager with three minutes to go in the first. The Loggers responded with a three of their own and managed to pull out to a one-point lead going into the quarter break. 

Coming out of half-time the Pioneers were determined to keep their offensive momentum going and it paid off allowing the Pioneers to pull within one possession multiple times. A three-pointer by Puget Sound's Cassidy Daugherty gave the Loggers a nine-point lead with six minutes to go in the third quarter. The Pioneers responded with seven quick points of their own off of lay-ups by Tori Eichten and Sara Hogman and a three-pointer by Willie to pull the game to within two. The Pioneers and Loggers traded baskets the remainder of the quarter with the Loggers continuing to hold on to a slight lead. 

The Loggers started the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run and the Pioneers were unable to recover. Lange scored 18 of her 29 points in the fourth quarter as the Pioneers were unable to stop her down low. Coming down the stretch the Pioneers were forced to foul to stop the clock allowing the Loggers to extend their lead on free-throws. The Loggers shot 13 free throws in the fourth quarter alone. 

Deeper Look

  • The Pioneers had 17 turnovers which is their lowest total since their opening game against Evergreen on Nov. 16
  • Johnson had her seventh double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds
  • The Pioneers struggled on the boards allowing the Loggers 19 second-chance points to the Pioneers' five 
  • Hogman led the team in assists with three
  • Crager had two steals and zero turnovers in 31 minutes played
  • The Pioneers put up 59 shots, their most since Dec. 8 against Eastern Oregon
  • The Pioneers outscored the Loggers 32-30 in the paint

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers return to Pamplin next Friday to take on Willamette at 6 p.m