SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers scored the first basket of the game on Saturday night against the Whitworth Pirates, but could never regain a lead after Whitworth moved ahead. The Pirates won 82-63.
Whitworth's Cami Aguinaldo, who was last year's NWC Freshman of the year, led the Pirates with 27 points and four steals.
The Pioneers (2-19, 1-11 NWC) struck first out of the gate scoring a lay-up off the first possession of the game. The was the only basket scored by either side for the first three minutes of the game as both teams struggled to finish around the basket. Aguinaldo ended the scoring drought with a lay-up at the seven-minute mark to tie the game. The Pioneers and Pirates (11-10, 6-6 NWC) traded baskets for the next couple minutes until the Pirates pulled ahead, finishing the quarter on a 15-5 run to take a 21-11 lead into the second quarter.
The Pirates entered the second half up by 13 and eight quick points from Aguinaldo in the first few minutes of the half allowed the home team to pull out to a 19 point lead. The Pioneers responded with a run an 8-2 run of their own to end the quarter. The Pioneers carried this momentum into the fourth quarter, going on a 7-2 run to pull within eight points with less than eight minutes to go in the game. This is the closest the Pioneers would get with the Pirates scoring the final eight points of the game to win by 19.
- Johnson had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. This is her eighth double-double this season.
- Both teams struggled from beyond the arc with the Pirates making just one of their 24 attempts while the Pioneers went two for 17 from the three
- Tori Eichten recorded a game-high three blocks
- Hogman dished out both of the team's two assists
- Cerne tied her career-high with 12 points, going five for 15 from the field
- Logan Kelly led the bench in scoring with four points
The Pioneers return to Pamplin next weekend to take on Puget Sound, Friday at 6 p.m. before playing their final home game of the season on Saturday against Pacific Lutheran at 4 p.m.