Pios fail to keep momentum in final quarter, lose to Willamette

Pios fail to keep momentum in final quarter, lose to Willamette

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Leading by two entering the fourth quarter after holding the Willamette Bearcats to six points in the third, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers were outscored 23-14 in the final 10 minutes and lost 69-62 on Friday night at Pamplin Sports Center.

Delsie Johnson scored a career-high 25 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the floor. Lewis & Clark committed its fewest turnovers of the season (10), but were outscored 13-4 in points from takeaways.

Brittany Kochenderfer scored 20 points to lead Willamette (7-9, 2-5 NWC) despite only scoring one combined point in the first and third quarters. The loss is the 10th straight for the Pios.

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Key Moments

Johnson was on fire early, scoring 13 first-quarter points as the Pios shot 15 free throws in the opening period. Lewis & Clark (2-14, 1-6 NWC) made only eight, however, to take a five-point lead into the second quarter. Janessa Willie scored five bench points on her way to a total of 12 in the game.

In the second quarter, Kochenderfer picked up where Johnson left off. The Willamette senior scored 13 points on 4 of 7 shooting as the Bearcats hit 56 percent from the floor. Alyx Crager kept the Pioneers close at halftime with nine points on 3 of 5 shooting.

Lewis & Clark limited Willamette to just three field goals in the third period, as the Bearcats went 3 for 14. The Pioneers didn't score much themselves, making 5 of 14 from the floor. Lewis & Clark also had its highest turnover total of any quarter (4).

Deeper Look

  • Crager finished with 12 points, her 10th double-digit scoring performance of the season and second straight
  • She also finished at 40 percent or better shooting for the seventh time this season
  • Johnson's career-high 25 points is her first time over 20 points in a game and surpasses her previous best of 19 points against Whitworth on Jan. 4
  • The freshman has 12 double-digit scoring games, including five straight, but fell one rebound short of her eighth double-double
  • Lewis & Clark took a seven-point lead near the end of the first quarter
  • The Pios played their starting lineup primarily with only Jessica Cerne (2 points, 1 for 5 shooting) and Willie playing more than 10 minutes off the bench
  • Willamette outscored Lewis & Clark, 19-14, in bench points
  • Aside from Kochenderfer, the Bearcats had three others in double figures including 14 points from Amanda Carpenter
  • Lewis & Clark's 10-straight losses is its longest streak since losing nine in a row during the 2015-16 season

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers host Pacific on Saturday night. The Boxers come in on a six-game losing streak and an 0-7 Northwest Conference record.