Lewis & Clark controls in win over Colorado College

Lewis & Clark controls in win over Colorado College

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Alyx Crager scored in double figures for the fifth time in her last six games, including a go-ahead 3-pointer near the end of the first quarter, as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers defeated the host Colorado College Tigers, 60-51, in Friday's opening game of the Colorado College Classic at Reid Arena.

Crager scored right before the first-quarter buzzer to add to a stretch of 5 of 6 shooting by the Pioneers. Lewis & Clark started the game 3 of 12 from the field as the Tigers opened up to a six-point lead. Crager finished with 13 points, 10 of which were in the first half, and the Pioneers never looked back.

Miyah Leith and Lauren Wood, who entered the game as the team's leading scorers, were held to six points combined in the first half. The pair shined on the glass, however, combining for 13 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Wood, who had nine in the first two quarters, finished with 16 rebounds, her second-most this season. 

Colorado College trailed at halftime, 34-29, despite shooting better from 3-point range (2 for 5) and the free-throw line (3 for 3) in the first half. Lewis & Clark (6-4) was in action for the first time in 24 days and finished 39 percent from the field, its fourth-straight game of 35 percent or better shooting.

In the third quarter, the Pios boosted the lead up to nine points before eventually leading by 16 in the early fourth quarter. Kelley Koeppen, who finished with eight points, was one of several Pios who shined on the defensive side.

Lewis & Clark's 60 points is its fewest in a win this season. The Pioneers had their second-most rebounds (48) in a game this season. The Pios had pulled down 53 at Caltech in November.

Wood, who grew up 75 miles from Colorado College, had her second-best rebounding performance of the season with 16 boards. Balanced, the senior had seven on the offensive side and nine defensively to go with six points.

Leith finished with 12 points despite shooting 5 of 19 from the floor including 1 of 6 from 3-point range. Janessa Willie hit 2 of 4 from 3-point range for six points.

Colorado College's Casey Torbet led all scorers with 18. The 51 points scored by the Tigers is the fewest allowed by Lewis & Clark this season and the third time in four games Colorado College (3-8) has been limited to 51 points or less. All three of those games have been against Northwest Conference teams (Whitworth, Whitman). The Pioneers lost to Colorado College, 80-74, during the last meeting in November 2015. 

Lewis & Clark closes out the non-conference schedule and the tournament against Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday at 1 p.m. Mountain Time.

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