The Clark Penguins visited Eugene for the Titans’ “Jam The Gym” event on Feb. 3. In Lane’s previous game, they lost a tough game to the undefeated Umpqua Riverhawks. They were looking to get back to winning.
Lane started the game converting on all four of their shot attempts and raced out to a quick 8-0 lead. With a clear height advantage, Rachel Fielder was able to outwork the Clark defense for an easy putback lay-in.
With 18 seconds left in the first quarter, Khadija Smith got around her defender for an and-one play. A mixture of solid defense and passing against a zone defense secured the Titans a 34-14 lead after the first quarter.
The Penguins held the Titans scoreless for five minutes of the second quarter until Fielder found Megan Still on the 3-point line and she drained her second attempt of the afternoon. Later in the quarter, Titan guard Amber Lease made a no-look pass to Fielder for an easy two points. The Titans headed into halftime with a 48-25 lead.
Asha Tullock, starting the second half scoring drive, made her second 3-pointer of the afternoon on a give-and-go pass from Lease. Lane returned the favor and held Clark scoreless in the second half while increasing their lead to 62-25. Clark finally managed to score on a long 2-pointer.
The third quarter belonged to Tullock as she scored 11 of the Titans 35 points hitting three straight 3-pointers in the third. The Titans outscored the Penguins 35-2 in the third quarter to put the lead at 83-27.
In a more competitive fourth quarter, the Penguins managed to score 19 points but that wasn’t enough as the Titans won decisively 102-46.
Six different Titans scored in double figures in a balanced attack. Lease scored seven points, dished out seven assists to go along with six steals. Emma Jones recorded her second double-double on the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
“I think we just played with some confidence and had fun; that was really nice,” head coach Greg Sheley said after the game.
The Titans play at home on Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. against SouthWest Oregon Community College. As of Feb. 3, the Titans are just one game behind Clackamas for second place in the Southern Region. They will try to creep closer to the second spot Wednesday.