SPOKANE, Wash. -- With a lead at halftime, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers were unable to add to it in the third quarter on their way to a 67-48 loss to the Whitworth Pirates on Saturday night.
Lewis & Clark took a 28-27 lead after the first half with a 16-9 edge in the second quarter at Whitworth Fieldhouse. Delsie Johnson finished the game with 15 points in 19 minutes before fouling out. Jessica Cerne had three 3-pointers for the third time in her last four games and finished with nine points, while Coco Shafer scored a career-high seven with two rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Whitworth outscored the Pioneers 22-10 in the third quarter. Sydney Abbott led the Pirates with 18 points.
Both teams started slowly, not scoring a field goal until the first two minutes of the game elapsed.
In the second quarter, Johnson hit a pull-up to give the Pioneers their first lead. Cerne followed with a three to complete a 15-6 scoring stretch for the Pios going back to the 3:18 mark of the first. Peyton Romo added her only 3-pointer and Julia Barsocchini hit a free throw with 1:46 remaining in the half for Lewis & Clark's biggest lead of the game (28-22).
Whitworth (9-4, 2-2 NWC) scored the final five points of the first half and closed to within one by the break. A 7-2 run over the first three minutes of the third quarter put the Pirates ahead for good.
After shooting 39 percent with five 3-pointers in the opening half, Lewis & Clark (1-11, 0-4 NWC) was held to 30 percent shooting and 1 of 8 from 3-point range in the second. Over the final two quarters, Johnson had six points in 10 minutes and fouled out with just over six minutes remaining. Laurel Marchant had four second-half points and seven total in the game. She added six rebounds, two assists and a steal, too.
- Cerne matched her career high for blocks with two on Saturday, her second time with a pair in her last three games
- Hannah Martin and Johnson were each called for two fouls in the first 3:30 of the game and were limited to a combined 20 minutes played before halftime
- The Pios pulled down 11 offensive rebounds, their most since Dec. 1, but were outrebounded 45-38 overall
- The Pirates' 45 rebounds are the most by a Lewis & Clark opponent this season
- Lewis & Clark had back-to-back games with 20 or more turnovers for the first time since early December
- The Pios committed 24 on Saturday, and Whitworth benefited with a 25-5 edge in points from takeaways
- Lewis & Clark held Whitworth to 2 of 12 shooting from 3-point range, the fewest 3-pointers made and worst percentage by an opponent this year
The Pioneers play at Linfield and home to Puget Sound next weekend.