PORTLAND, Ore. — No. 6 Lewis & Clark beat No. 21 George Fox for the first time in seven tries Monday night, ending 2012 with an 11-0 record. The Pioneers defeated the Bruins 80-68 in the Pamplin Sports Center.
The victory not only ended the Pioneers winless streak against the Bruins, but also ended George Fox’s 32-game winning streak against Northwest Conference opponents.
The Pioneers are now 11-0 on the season and 2-0 in NWC action, while George Fox slips to 8-3 overall and 1-1 in conference.
Senior Kristina Williams ended the contest with a double-double, knocking down 14 points and collecting 11 rebounds. Junior Tayler Wang led all players with 24 points, finishing a perfect 9-for-9 from the free-throw line. Sara Villanueva also ended in double digits, scoring 20 points, while hitting all 10 of her free throws. Katie Anderson contributed 12 points in the win, while teaming up with Williams to earn a game-high four steals.
Hannah Munger led the Bruins with a team-high 14 points and 11 boards. Hayley Cusick and Megan Arnoldy each knocked down 10 points for George Fox.
Dacia Heckendorf hit the first basket of the game giving the Bruins a quick 3-0 lead. The Pioneers quickly took control of the game with a free throw by Williams and three-pointer from sophomore Casey Zinn. Ahead 4-3, the Pioneers would never relinquish control of the lead the rest of the contest.
With seven minutes gone in the first half, Anderson drained two free throws to earn Lewis & Clark its first 10-point lead of the game. Nicole Blizzard pulled George Fox back within four points with 8:08 on the clock with layup.
Anderson once again extended the Pios lead with back-to-back free throws. Anderson, a junior guard, then laid one in with 37 left until halftime to earn the Pioneers a 20 point, 46-26, advantage.
Villanueva extended the Pioneers lead out of the gate, laying one in with 19:22 to go. Lewis & Clark kept a double-digit cushion between them and George Fox until a Blizzard three pointer with 2:41 to play. The long range shot cut the Bruin deficit to 74-65. But that’s as close as George Fox would get with the Pios regaining a 12 point advantage to close out the contest.