Pioneers drop first game of Thanksgiving Classic

Pioneers drop first game of Thanksgiving Classic

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers were unable to come back from a lackluster second quarter and dropped the first game of the Thanksgiving Classic to host UC Santa Cruz. The Pioneers (1-2) were behind by only one entering the second quarter but could not carry their momentum over and only scored nine points in the second quarter.

Freshman Delsie Johnson led the Pioneers with 14 points, going eight for ten from the free throw line and added 13 rebounds. Senior Alyx Crager chipped in 13 points and Janessa Willie added eight.

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Key Moments

The Pioneers started off strong scoring the first points of the game and held the lead until half-way through the first quarter in which two quick baskets put UCSC (2-2) up by five. Consecutive layups by Tori Eichten and a three-pointer by Willie gave the Pioneers the lead again late in the first quarter.

The Pioneers struggled offensively in the second quarter, scoring only nine points to UCSC's 20 but came back strong in the third quarter holding the Slugs to only eight points. The Pioneers struggled to make field goals but made up for it by getting to the line six times and converting 10 of their 12 free throws.

A made three-pointer by freshman Julia Barsocchini and subsequent made free throws and a three-pointer by Crager got the Pioneers to within six with six minutes left to play in the fourth quarter. The Pioneers and Slugs traded baskets the rest of the way with the Slugs stalling in the final couple minutes to give the Pioneers their second loss of the season.

Deeper Look

  • This was Johnson's first double-double of her career and second game in a row in double figures for scoring
  • Willie led the Pioneers with four steals
  • Crager, Willie, Jillian Jin and Serena Saba each had two assists
  • Both the Pioneers and Slugs shot 21.4 percent from the three-point line
  • The Pioneers had a season-high 45 rebounds

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers finish out the Thanksgiving Classic in Santa Cruz playing CalTech on Sunday at 2 p.m.