Wood opens with double-double, Leith scores 15 as Pioneers drop debut

Wood opens with double-double, Leith scores 15 as Pioneers drop debut

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers held a one-point lead with just over 2:30 remaining in the game, but the Oregon Tech Owls outscored the Pios, 8-2, down the stretch and the Pioneers lost 67-61 on Wednesday night at Pamplin Sports Center.

Miyah Leith had a team-high 15 points and Lauren Wood had a double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds. Janessa Willie was also in double figures with 13. Wood's 17 rebounds is a new career high for the senior.

Lewis & Clark (0-1) had its largest lead of seven after Kelley Koeppen's layup with 24 seconds left in the first half. Tayah Ranney hit a 3-pointer for the Owls to close the gap at halftime and Oregon Tech tied the game at 34 apiece a few minutes into the second half. The Pioneers trailed 48-43 entering the fourth quarter, but reclaimed the lead, 51-50, after a pair of free throws by Willie. Lewis & Clark held that lead until the 2:30 mark when Nohea Waiwaiole, who played at Portland's Lincoln High School, made a layup to distance the Owls by three. She led all scorers with 20 points.

The teams were even in field-goal percentage, but Oregon Tech (3-1) held a slight advantage in 3-point shooting and at the free-throw line. Willie made 2 of her 4 3-point tries, but the Pios shot 14 percent overall, their second-lowest total dating back to the beginning of the 2016-17 season. OIT made 23 of 28 from the free-throw line, while the Pioneers shot 64 percent. Willie was 5 for 5, while Tori Eichten and Koeppen made both of their tries. Eichten, along with Jillian Jin, Danielle Bosley and Whitney Burns, made her Pioneers debut on Wednesday night.

Wood's 17 rebounds surpassed her previous career best of 12, which she totaled twice last season and once as a freshman.

There were 10 lead changes and nine ties in the game.

The Pios host St. Catherine and Corban on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the L&C Bon Appetit Tip-off Classic.

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