McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers continually crept back against the Linfield Wildcats on Friday night at Ted Wilson Gymnasium. In the end, Lewis & Clark(2-16, 1-8 NWC) wasn't able to sweep the season series with the Wildcats (9-9, 5-4 NWC), falling 70-60.
Trailing by eight points at half-time the Pioneers fought back to within two points with less than four minutes to go in the third quarter but were unable to hold off the Wildcats who regained a six-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Pioneers got out to a 4-0 lead early in the first quarter off of made jumpers by Hogman and Willie but the Wildcats responded with a 7-0 run of their own led by center Molly Danielson. The Wildcats pulled ahead to take a six-point lead midway through the first but the Pioneers crept back with their own 7-0 run with baskets by Alyx Crager and Willie and a three-pointer from Johnson. The Wildcats responded with a basket from Danielson with 13 seconds left in the first to take a one-point lead into the quarter break.
The Pioneers struggled offensively in the second quarter shooting only 14 percent from the floor and took an eight-point deficit into half time. The Pioneers regained some momentum in the third quarter, however. Consecutive made baskets from Hogman, Johnson and Logan Kelly helped pull the Pioneers to within two points of the Wildcats with a little over three minutes to go in the third quarter.
A strong defensive showing from the Pioneers kept the Wildcats scoreless for over three and a half minutes early in the fourth quarter. Back-to-back jumpers from Eichten followed by two points from Willie put a dent in the Wildcats 10 point lead and bring the Pioneers to within four but this is the closest the Pioneers would get.
- The Pioneers shot 53 percent from the field in the first quarter
- Hogman and Crager had six of the team's 10 assists
- Johnson was one rebound short of a double-double, posting 14 points and nine rebounds
- Crager had a team-high four steals
- The Pioneers tied their season-high in steals
Lewis & Clark will face No. 14 George Fox on Saturday. Tip off is at 4 p.m.