Second half stalls Pios efforts in road loss

Second half stalls Pios efforts in road loss

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- A second-half swoon hampered the Lewis & Clark Pioneers in Friday's 62-43 loss to the Pacific Boxers at Stoller Center. The Pios (2-22, 1-14 NWC) shot just 5 of 25 in the final 20 minutes and fell behind by as many as 21 points.

Delsie Johnson was one rebound shy of her ninth double-double this season and finished with 20 points and nine boards. Alyx Crager added nine points seven of which were in the first half. 

The Boxers (8-15, 2-12 NWC) had three in double digits with Liana Tanaka leading the way with 17 and Ashley Jones added 15. This win moves the Boxers ahead of the Pioneers in the NWC standings. Their only two conference wins this season came against the Pios.

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Key Moments

The Pioneers fell behind early trailing 12-7 halfway through the first quarter but a layup and a free throw from Johnson followed by two points from Crager tied the game at 12. the Pions trailed much of the second quarter until a three-pointer from Julia Barsocchini and back to back jumpers by Logan Kelly and Johnson gave the Pioneers a three-point lead, their largest of the game. The Boxers finished out the quarter with an 8-0 run to take a five-point lead into half-time. 

The Boxers ended the third quarter with a 14-2 run to pull ahead by 18 to start the final quarter. The Pioneers could not get any offensive momentum and suffered a 4:30 scoring drought late in the third quarter into the fourth quarter. Peyton Romo ended the drought with a lay-up 30 seconds into the fourth quarter to cut the Boxers lead to 16. The Boxers went 8-17 from the field in the third quarter compared to the Pioneers 3-15. The Pioneers made only five field goals in the second half. 

Deeper Look

  • The Pioneers outrebounded the Boxers 44-40 
  • The Pioneers had only 13 turnovers which is their lowest total since the last time they played the Boxers on Jan. 19
  • Alyx Crager had two of the team's five assists. This is the Pioneers second lowest assist total this season behind the two assists they had against Whitworth on Feb. 2
  • The Pioneers shot 25.0 percent from the field for the game which is their second-lowest shooting performance this season behind their 24.5 percent performance against UC Santa Cruz back in November. 
  • The Pios pulled down 18 offensive rebounds which ties their season-high 

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers wrap up the season on Saturday at Willamette and will try to snap an 18-game losing streak.