First half the highlight as Pioneers fall on road

First half the highlight as Pioneers fall on road

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers took an early second-half lead after a solid first half against the No. 12 Whitman Blues on Friday night at Sherwood Athletic Center. The Pios ultimately lost 78-47.

Delsie Johnson had 14 first-half points as the Pioneers tied the game at 25 at halftime. Lewis & Clark held the Blues scoreless over the final 4:20 of the first half and outscored Whitman 12-9 in the quarter.

Makena Stone had 15 of her Whitman-best 19 points in the third quarter that sparked the Blues ahead after the Pioneers took a 28-27 lead on one of Jessica Cerne's three 3-pointers in the game.

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Key Moments

There were five lead changes in the first quarter after the Pioneers opened up to a 5-0 lead on a jumper and a three from Johnson, who finished with a game-high 21 points. She added 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season and surpassed 500 career points.

Julia Barsocchini's 3-pointer and two free throws from Johnson gave Lewis & Clark its final lead of the opening quarter, 10-8. Whitman scored eight of the final 11 points in the quarter.

Cerne persevered through a physical outing for 11 points and her third-straight double-digit scoring game. She had three 3-pointers for the second time in her career despite her head colliding with that of Whitman's Mady Burdett in the first period. Burdett played only four minutes in the opening half as a result. Cerne later fell awkwardly on her right arm and later injured the back of her neck and shoulders in the second half. 

The Pioneers (1-10, 0-3 NWC) shot just 3 of 14 in the fourth quarter. Hannah Martin went 2 for 3 and had four of her seven points in the quarter. 

Kaylie McCracken played 24 minutes off the bench for the Blues (11-1, 3-0 NWC) and scored 13 points. 

Deeper Look

  • Martin had a game-high three assists, one shy of matching her career high
  • Gabby Beltran added four rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes off the bench, her third game with at least two steals
  • Lewis & Clark committed 20 or more turnovers for only the second time in its last five games, and Whitman outscored the Pios 29-10 off takeaways
  • The Blues also held a 14-4 advantage in second-chance points
  • The Pios had only their third game this season where they made less than 60 percent of their free throws (8 of 14)
  • Barsocchini went over 100 points in her career, while Peyton Romo made her 10th career start
  • Lewis & Clark has lost 10 straight games

Looking Ahead

Lewis & Clark plays at 6 p.m. against Whitworth on Saturday. The game's start time was moved back two hours earlier this week because of a snowstorm hitting the Spokane, Wash. area on Friday.