2001-02 Women's Basketball
Lewis-Clark State College
Womenís Basketball Schedule Release
LEWISTON, ID-Lewis-Clark State College womenís basketball coach Brian Orr released the 2001-02 schedule, Tuesday, September 18th. The Warriors will play 29 regular-season games, including four tournaments, a game at NCAA Division I Eastern Washington University, and then the post-season Frontier Conference Tournament in Butte, MT. One of the in-season tournaments will be L-Cís return trip to Jackson, TN for the Union University Rotary Classic.
Without question, this could be one of the toughest schedules Lewis-Clark State has ever played. The Warriors open play with the Banner Bank/Howard Johnís Tournament November 9th and 10th against Biola University and Concordia University of Portland, OR.
"This tournament is a great opener for us," said Orr. "Concordia and Biola both return their best players and Concordia is looking forward to playing us."
LCSC will follow that with a tournament at Central Washington University, the beginning of an eight-game road trip. L-C will meet Eastern Washington for the first time since the 1993-94 season on November 20th, at Cheney. "Itís fun to have a Division I opponent on our schedule," said Orr. "This will serve as a barometer to see where our program is."
A trip to Fresno, CA and the Sunbird Thanksgiving Classic will await the Warriors. Fresno Pacific, who played in last yearís Banner Bank/Howard Johnsonís Tournament will host. L-C will then travel to NAIA Division II National Runners-Up, Albertson on November 27th. The road ends in Jackson, TN, the Warriors goal for the end of the season. The Union University Rotary Classic is the premier tournament in NAIA basketball. L-C will open with last yearís 17th-ranked Lambuth University and then conclude with the host, Union University, ranked number six in the last NAIA Division I poll.
"The trip to Jackson will be a great one for our kids," said Orr. "These are two of the top teams in the country and they have their best players back. We will find out where we stand nationally and it will be a great experience being at the site of the National Tournament."
The Warriors finally return home to play Simon Fraser University on December 15th. The Clan holds a decided advantage in this series, but will be without longtime head coach, Allison McNeill, who retired. L-C will then close out the non-conference slate against a pair of NCAA Division III, Northwest Conference opponents, Linfield College, December 17th, and Whitworth College, December 29th. In the middle of those two contests will be a pair of games against NCAA Division IIís Western New Mexico University.
The Frontier Conference had three teams ranked in the final top-25 poll and a fourth, Carroll College, will be contend for the title this year. University of Montana-Western and Montana State-Northern were both ranked in final NAIA poll, 15th and 11th, respectively. The Warriors open conference play on the road, January 3rd and 5th, at the University of Great Falls and then MSU-Northern. The home conference opener is January 10th against UM-Western.
"The league is going to be tough," said Orr. "UM-Western will be tough and Carroll returns some good players. At the coaches meetings last week, everyone was talking about MSU-Northern."
The regular-season schedule winds up on February 21st against
Westminster College. The Frontier Conference Tournament will be held in Butte,
MT, from February 27th through March 2nd. The NAIA National Tournament will be
held March 13th through the 19th in Jackson, TN.
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