McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Delsie Johnson scored a career-high 35 points, two shy of matching the all-time school record, and Hannah Martin scored 23 with a career-high 15 rebounds for her first career double-double as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers narrowly lost 82-73 to the Linfield Wildcats on Friday night at Ted Wilson Gymnasium.
Johnson fouled out with 5:33 remaining in the game and was 14 of 17 shooting at that point. She missed only one free throw, her last, which would have moved her to a tie for second all-time in Pios history. She matched Liza Getches' 35 points from 1998 for the third-most points in school history.
Nearly snapping a losing streak, the Pioneers led 63-62 with 7:23 remaining in the fourth quarter before Linfield went on a 15-0 run over the next five minutes. Lewis & Clark had a season-low 11 turnovers.
Ultimately reaching her career high, Johnson opened the game with 11 first-quarter points on 5 of 6 shooting and the Pios went ahead 19-13 at the end of the first quarter. In all, Lewis & Clark hit 53 percent from the floor in the first 10 minutes while Linfield, the Northwest Conference's best shooting team, made 23 percent.
Johnson added five in the second, while Martin scored eight with five rebounds as the duo accounted for 30 of the Pioneers' 34 in the first half. Linfield pulled even at the break 34-34 with a 60-percent shooting quarter.
Lewis & Clark (1-12, 0-5 NWC) joined Linfield and shot 60 percent in the third quarter, as both teams scored 21 in the period. Lewis & Clark was powered by 14 points by Johnson on perfect 6 for 6 shooting. She moved past her previous career high of 25, while Martin reached 18 points and 11 rebounds, her best scoring performance since she put in 18 at Willamette on Dec. 7.
The score remained tied entering the final quarter. Of the nine lead changes in the game, four happened in the fourth. Johnson scored right off the bat, moved to 32 points in the game and gave the Pios a 57-55 lead. Molly Danielson, the leading scorer in the NWC entering Friday, answered with a layup, two of her 20 points for Linfield to even the game. A pair of free throws by Johnson gave Lewis & Clark its final lead before the Wildcats (9-5, 3-2 NWC) went on their run, which haned the Pios their 12th-straight loss. Johnson scored her 35th point on her fifth free throw two minutes later, but she picked up her fifth foul on the next Linfield possession.
Kory Oleson, who was limited to two minutes in the first half because of two quick fouls, scored 16 of her 22 second-half points in the fourth quarter.
- The only two Pios with better single-game scoring totals are Katie Anderson (37 vs Lewis-Clark State in 2014) and Yuuki Terada (36 vs Agnes Scott in 1999)
- Johnson's 35-point performance is the best for Lewis & Clark since Miyah Leith scored 33 twice during the 2017-18 season
- Her 14 made field goals were five better than previous career best and 17 field-goal attempts was one more than her prior highwater mark
- Friday was Johnson's second game shooting 80 percent this season and for her career
- Martin's 23 points are her most since she scored more than 20 in back-to-back games to start her Lewis & Clark career earlier this season
- With a 10 of 20 effort from the floor, Martin turned in her second-best shooting performance all-time; she reached career highs in both field goals made and attempted in the game
- The Pioneers were 5 of 26 shooting otherwise and had one of their lowest totals in free-throw attempts (12) this season
- Lewis & Clark made its most field goals (29) in a game this year and was one shy of matching its best assists total with 13
- Gabby Beltran had a career-high three assists
Lewis & Clark hosts Puget Sound on Saturday.