Pios fall to the St. Thomas (Minn.) Tommies

Pios fall to the St. Thomas (Minn.) Tommies

NEWBERG, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers were brought down by the St. Thomas (Minn.) Tommies causing their overall record to become, 1-1. The Pioneers struggled offensively and defensively with numerous turnovers and missed shots. The Tommies had had over 10 more rebounds throughout entire game while also outshooting the Pioneers. The Pioneers offense seemed to have trouble running efficiently with 18 turnovers compared to the Tommies eight. 

Freshman Delsie Johnson stepped up for the team with a total of 12 points followed by fellow senior, Alyx Crager, with a total of 10 points. The Pioneers' defense was lead by senior, Sara Hogman, with two steals. Both Crager and Johnson helped the Pioneers' defense with a combined 7 rebounds. 

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Key Moments

The Pioneers struggled to find their offensive rhythm in the first quarter. Alyx Crager got the Pioneers on the board by going two for two on the free-throw line. Freshman Delsie Johnson kept the team's momentum with two layups in the first quarter while senior teammate Janessa Willie ran the offense with three assists in this quarter alone. In the second quarter, the Pioneers went almost three-minutes without scoring until freshman Jessica Cerne got the Pios back on the board with a layup. As the second quarter came to an end, the Pioneers continued to struggle making offensive strides. The Pioneers finished the second quarter down by 20 points, 17-37. 

The Pioneers started off the third quarter strong with Tori Eichten working on getting some offensive momentum with making back-to-back baskets in the first minute of the quarter. In the first-three minutes of the game there was a turnover by Johnson with a subsequent turnover by the Coco Shafer that put the momentum back in the Tommies favor again. The Pioneers had a combined seven turnovers in the third quarter. Throughout the game, the Pioneers continued to battle running their offense efficiently. The Pioneers had their highest-scoring quarter of the game in the fourth quarter with 16 points. Athough, this was not enough for a comeback for the Pios which lead to the defeat of the Pios, 43-76. 

Deeper Look

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers travel to UC Santa Cruz this weekend to play in the UCSC Thanksgiving Classic to go against UC Santa Cruz on Nov. 24 and Caltech on Nov. 25.