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McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Tayler Wang (14) was one of three double-digit scorers for Lewis & Clark, which dominated from start to finish in a 76-33 Northwest Conference victory over Linfield Sunday evening at Ted Wilson Gymnasium.
Kristina Williams (12) and Casey Zinn (13) were amongst the Pios’ leading scorers. Zinn and Wang each grabbed seven rebounds for Lewis & Clark. Williams, a first-team all-NWC pick in 2011-12, was named NWC Student-Athlete of the Week in the first week of the 2012-13 season. She currently leads the NWC in scoring (24.7) and ranks fourth in rebounding (7.7).
Katelyn Henson led the way for Linfield with eight points, Jessica Thoens contributed five, and Kaely Maltman grabbed five boards.
After Alex Christensen scored the first basket of the game, the Pioneers went on a 9-0 run, a stretch in which Wang scored five points. The sixth-ranked Pioneers (6-0, 1-0 NWC) continued to ride Wang’s hot hand, as the junior guard knocked down another three. An ensuing jumper from Zinn pushed Lewis & Clark’s lead to 16-4 and prompted head coach Robin Potera-Haskins to call the team’s second timeout in a two-minute span.
The ‘Cats (0-4, 0-1 NWC) failed to gain any momentum, however, and the Pios built a 20-point lead with six minutes remaining in the first period. Two threes from Kathlene Howe and Kaitlin Mathewson pushed the spread to 39-11 just before the break.
Lewis & Clark combined superb rebounding with excellent ball movement around the perimeter to create open shots from behind the arc. The Pios kept their foot on the gas through the first half, heading into the break with a 41-12 advantage.
In the first, the Pioneers shot 59.3 perent from the field and went 5-for-8 from downtown. Lewis & Clark also outrebounded the ‘Cats 20-9. Wang led all scorers with 12 points in the first.
Lewis & Clark got off to a slower start in the second, but the one-sided theme continued. A 12-3 Pios run in the opening six minutes of the second pushed the score to 53-15. The Pioneers maintained their lead through the middle part of the second period, and closed out the game strong.
On the game, the Pioneers shot 50.8 percent from the field and at a 46.2 clip from behind the arc. Comparatively, Linfield shot just 28.6 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from three-point range. The ‘Cats were outrebounded 44-31 on the game.
‘CAT SCRATCH: Linfield has not defeated Lewis & Clark since Feb. 23, 2008 when the ‘Cats knocked off the Pioneers 69-62 at home in the final game of the season…the game snapped a 13-day competition layoff due to a team illness…Linfield has not won its first NWC game since it defeated George Fox 55-51 in Newberg on Nov. 28, 2006.
AHEAD: The ‘Cats travel to northeast Portland Tuesday to take on Concordia University in a nonconference matchup. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Cavalier Court.