PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers nearly worked back from a big third quarter by the Pacific Boxers' Camy Aguinaldo in Saturday's 69-56 loss at Pamplin Sports Center. Aguinaldo scored 10 of her 24 points in the third that turned a three-point halftime margin into 10 at the start of the fourth.
Jessica Cerne scored 10 first-half points, while Laurel Marchant added a career-high nine and Delsie Johnson scored 10 for the game. The Pios led 22-17 in the early second quarter and had three more 3-pointers than the Boxers overall.
The game was the Northwest Conference home opener for the Pioneers, who play their next three on the road.
Despite playing only six minutes because of foul trouble, Aguinaldo hit 4 of 6 in the third quarter. She scored a minute into the quarter and propelled the Boxers from a one-point lead (29-27) to 10 on an assist to Madison Cabardo with 4:25 left.
Another three from Romo in the fourth quarter was followed by a free throw from both Johnson and Hannah Martin to put the Pioneers within a single possession with 8:25 left in the game. Lewis & Clark limited turnovers to their lowest total of the season (12). It matched the Pioneers' total from their last win, 85-69 over Northwest on Nov. 15.
Lewis & Clark (1-9, 0-2 NWC) opened both first-half quarters nicely. Cerne had her second straight game with 12 points and hit a three to open the game for the Pios. Pacific (8-3, 2-0 NWC) answered back to take an 8-3 lead before Lewis & Clark ran off seven straight points to regain the lead. There were five ties and five lead changes in the first half.
Shafer finished with five points including two free throws for the first points by either team in the second quarter. She played five minutes in the first half, had five points and a rebound. Martin followed Shafer's free throws with a 3-pointer, and the Pios led by five.
- Lewis & Clark was outscored in the paint 36-14 as the Boxers limited Johnson to no field-goal attempts in the second half
- However, the Pioneers held a 9-4 advantage on the offensive boards and won in second-chance points, 16-5
- Johson totaled her fifth double-double of the season (10 points, 11 rebounds) and her second in as many games
- Julia Barsocchini had five points and a rebound in 12 minutes, one of her most efficient outings of the year
- Romo started 0 for 5 from the field before hitting back-to-back threes in the second half and added three assists
- Martin matched her career high with four assists, the most in the game
- Pacific's 53 percent shooting was the best by a Lewis & Clark opponent this season
- Both of Lewis & Clark's NWC defeats were single-digit margins in the fourth quarter
- The Boxers forced nine steals
- Courtney Carolan had 10 points as the other Boxers player in double figures
Lewis & Clark heads to eastern Washington to face top-25 Whitman as well as Whitworth next weekend. The Pios play four of their next five on the road.