A double downer for Warriors;
Fuzesy's trey lifts Carroll women to
58-57 victory, the first loss by an L-C
team at Activity Center
Copyright The Trib
OF THE TRIBUNE
Until the Activity Center meets a
wrecking ball decades from now, it will
be remembered that the Lewis-Clark State
basketball teams went more than a year
before suffering their first loss there.
And the way the winning streak ended
also deserves some reminiscences.
With the LCSC women sitting on a
two-point lead, which was provided by
three Aundrea Morrison buckets, Carroll
sophomore Jolene Fuzesy drained a
3-pointer from the left elbow with 4.6
seconds left. That hoisted the
14th-ranked Saints to a 58-57 Frontier
Conference triumph Saturday night.
This outcome snapped two monumental
streaks. The L-C men and women had been
a combined 34-0 at their new building,
which officially opened Jan. 6, 2005.
And the Warrior women, ranked sixth, saw
their string of 15 wins interrupted.
A crowd of approximately 1,800
witnessed this milestone event -- and
were appropriately somber when this
rough-and-tumble contest came to a
The Saints (21-4, 6-3) were certainly
aware of what they had accomplished.
They gathered at midcourt for a raucous
celebration after the final buzzer.
"At one point in the year, we were
No. 2 in the country," Carroll coach
Shawn Nelson pointed out. "So it's not
like it was a bad basketball team that
came in here and beat them."
Before Fuzesy's dagger, it seemed
that the Warriors had pulled off a
clever escape. They were down by five
points with three minutes left, but
hashed out a sudden 7-0 charge to surge
Morrison, a 6-foot junior transfer,
carried the burden. Her three
consecutive scores -- a 15-foot jumper,
a driving scoop shot and a layup off a
lob pass -- put L-C up 57-55.
The Saints then fumbled possession,
and the Warriors' Katie Hart went to the
foul line with 20.2 seconds left.
But this was a game completely devoid
of clutch free-throw shooting. Carroll
missed five from the line during
Morrison's burst, and the Warriors hit
just 4 of 16 in the second half.
So of course, Hart missed both.
The Saints grabbed the rebound and,
without calling a timeout, went on the
attack. Thanks to a double screen on the
perimeter, Fuzesy popped open on the
left side and grabbed a pass that was
lobbed in from the right. The heave from
the second-most accurate 3-point shooter
in the NAIA grazed the back of the rim,
then ripped through the net.
"It was a great look," Nelson said.
"It was the best look she had all
In fact, it was the only shot Fuzesy
made. She finished 1-for-7 from the
floor and scored five points.
The Warriors (21-3, 8-1) called
timeout, but had to inbound that ball
under Carroll's basket. Hart raced to
the other end, and chucked a left-handed
scoop shot that clanged off the
backboard and rim at the buzzer.
L-C's offensive production came
almost exclusively from Morrison and
Ashley Baker. The high-scoring posts
combined for 43 points.
This pound-it-inside tactic helped
the Warriors get to the line, but they
converted few of those tries in the
"You go right to that -- 4 of 16 in
the second half -- hey, that's the
game," L-C coach Brian Orr said. "We had
our chances. If we make free throws, who
knows what the score is? It should have
been in our favor.
"Maybe bad strategy trying to get to
the foul line," he added, "because it
was like a turnovers."
The Warriors play just once this week
-- at home Saturday against Westminster
-- and Orr promised his players would
spend the down time practicing their
"We've got to learn from it," Orr
said, "and maybe it'll slap us in the
face a little bit and wake us up."
NOTES -- Technically, the Warriors'
home winning streak had already been
snapped before Saturday. Earlier in the
week, the men's team found out it would
have to forfeit its first five victories
for using an ineligible player. One of
those games was a 22-point win at the
Activity Center over Cascade College on
Nov. 4. But that bit of trivia will
likely be forgotten.
CARROLL COLLEGE (21-4, 6-3)
Emili Woody 2-4 0-0 5, Amy Brooks 2-4
1-2 5, Carly Syverson 2-7 0-1 6, Jolene
Fuzesy 1-7 2-2 5, Andrea Hall 4-10 3-6
14, Laci High 0-1 0-0 0, Danielle
Maloney 4-8 3-8 12, Sophi Forney 2-5 0-0
4, Katie Rodgers 3-5 1-3 7. Totals 20-51
LEWIS-CLARK STATE (21-3, 8-1)
Katie Hart 1-7 0-2 2, Jade Fulbright
2-7 2-5 6, Cami Kalbfleisch 0-4 0-1 0,
Ashley Baker 10-23 3-8 23, Aundrea
Morrison 9-14 2-3 20, Terri Wittmer 0-0
0-0 0, Kim Preston 0-0 0-0 0, Katya
Yancheva 0-4 4-4 4, Janeen Nelson 0-1
0-1 0, Vanessa West 1-5 0-0 2. Totals
23-65 11-24 57.
Halftime score -- LCSC 29, Carroll
25. Three-point goals -- Carroll 8-22
(Woody 1-1, Syverson 2-3, Fuzesy 1-6,
Hall 3-8, Maloney 1-3 , Forney 0-1);
LCSC 0-6 (Fulbright 0-1, Kalbfleisch
0-2, Yancheva 0-2, Nelson 0-1). Rebounds
-- Carroll 48 (Hall 9, Forney 9); LCSC
(Baker 11). Assists -- Carroll 11 (Syverson
4); LCSC 8 (Kalbfleisch 4). Total fouls
-- Carroll 24, LCSC 22. Technical fouls
-- none. Fouled out -- Woody, Hall.