PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers returned to Pamplin tonight after a four-game road trip but were unable to pull out the win against the Puget Sound Loggers, falling 83-56. The Pioneers shot their best percentage from the floor (40.8) since the last time they played the Loggers back on Jan. 12, but struggled on the boards being out-rebounded by the Loggers 45-20.
Delsie Johnson led the Pioneers with 17 points and seven rebounds while Jillian Jin dropped 11 points in her return to the lineup after missing the last four games. Jin had a perfect shooting night going three for three from the floor and four for four from the free-throw line.
The Loggers were led by Mara Henderson with 19 points while Jamie Lange and Kirstin Hafeman each added 16. Lange had a game-high 11 rebounds, five of which were offensive.
The Loggers (16-4, 7-6 NWC) jumped out to an early 11-4 lead half-way through the first quarter, getting six points from Lange. The Pioneers (2-19, 1-12 NWC) responded with layups by Coco Shafer and Delsie Johnson to cut the lead to three with less than five minutes to go in the first. The Loggers finished out the quarter with a 7-2 run to take a nine-point lead into the quarter break. The Loggers pulled down eight of their 22 offensive rebounds in the first quarter as the Pioneers struggled on the boards out of their zone.
The Loggers further widened the gap in the second quarter going on a 10-0 run to pull ahead by 18 with less than five minutes to go in the half. Another 10-0 by the Loggers to start the second half put the Pioneers down by 26 with eight minutes to go in the third. The Pioneers and Loggers would trade baskets the remainder of the game as the Pioneers ended the game down by 27.
- Johnson had her 17th game of the season with double-digit points, scoring 17 points
- Jessica Cerne led the Pioneers with two steals
- Jin, Shafer and Sara Hogman each had two assists
- Jin had a career-high 11 points on three of three shooting
- The Pioneers had 16 turnovers which is their lowest total since Jan. 19