Seniors combine for 33 in final game

Seniors combine for 33 in final game

SALEM, Ore. -- Lewis & Clark's three seniors, Tori Eichten, Alyx Crager and Sara Hogman, combined for 33 points in their final game, a 67-49 loss to the Willamette Bearcats at Sparks Center on Saturday.

Eichten shot 3 of 6 and had eight rebounds in her finale. Hogman made 7 of 17 and added three steals, while Crager hit the Pios' first field goal on a three and added seven boards and a team-high three assists. The Pios didn't score until nearly six minutes into the game. 

The Bearcats (11-14, 6-10 NWC) honored their two graduating seniors, Britanny Kochenderfer and Kali Vickery. Kochenderfer led the Bearcats with 17 points, 15 rebounds, and a team-high four assists. Vickery added 12 points and nine boards.  

Lewis & Clark finishes the season 2-23 overall and 1-15 in the Northwest Conference.

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Key Moments

The Pioneers started the game cold, unable to score a basket in the first six minutes of the game allowing the Bearcats to pull out to a 9-0 lead before a free throw from Delsie Johnson got the Pioneers on the board. A three-pointer from Crager, with four minutes to go in the first quarter, gave the Pioneers their first field goal of the game. A couple baskets by Eichten and a layup by Johnson helped cut the lead to six entering the second quarter.

Unable to carry over any offensive momentum the Pioneers hit another cold spell to start the second quarter scoring only two points in the first six minutes. The Bearcats pulled out to a 13-point lead with less than two minutes to go in the half. The Bearcats never let up in the second half eventually pulling out to a 23-point lead with eight minutes to go in the final quarter. 

Deeper Look

  • Hogman had a team-high 16 points on 7 of 17 shooting and tied her career-high with three steals. Hogman finishes her career at Lewis & Clark with 520 points over four seasons to go along with 166 rebounds, 117 assists, and 97 steals. She averaged 7.2 points per game and led the team in assists per game (2.0).
  • Crager had a team-high three assists to go along with seven points and seven rebounds. Crager finishes her four seasons at Lewis & Clark with 650 points, including 103 three-pointers to go along with 162 rebounds, 105 assists, and 59 steals. She was second on the team in scoring this season averaging 10.8 points per game and led the team in three-point shooting percentage (33.9).
  • Eichten had a team-high eight rebounds to go along with 10 points and a block. Eichten finishes her two seasons with Lewis & Clark basketball with 197 points to go along with 175 rebounds, 35 assists, and 53 blocks. Eichten was second on the team in rebounds per game (4.1) and led the team in blocks per game (1.1). Eichten was fourth in the NWC in total blocks (28) and finished in a tie for eighth all-time at Lewis & Clark for blocked shots.
  • Johnson was the third Pioneer in double figures, finishing with 10 points to go along with four points. Johnson finishes the season in fourth place in the NWC in rebounds per game (8.6). Johnson led the team in rebounding and scoring this season.
  • The Pioneers outshot the Bearcats at the free throw line shooting a 72.2 percent compared to Willamette's 58.3 percent.

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers will return sophomore starter Jillian Jin at point guard along with their eight-member freshman class including Johnson who led the team in scoring and rebounding. The Pioneers will remain a young team next year, having no seniors on the roster.