LCSC women capture Frontier Conference title
Jade Fulbright scored 18 points and Ashley Baker added 16 to help the Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball team capture a 58-50 win over Carroll College to wrap up the Frontier Conference title in a contest of two Top 10-ranked NAIA teams at the LCSC Activity Center on Thursday night.
The Warriors, who have now won 19 straight games, improve to 27-1 overall and 13-0 in conference play. The NAIA’s second-ranked team will attempt to complete a perfect league season for the first time since the 1999-2000 season when it plays host to Rocky Mountain at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Carroll, which came into the game ranked No. 9 in the country, falls to 26-3 overall and 10-3 in the conference. Entering the week, Carroll still had a chance to tie LCSC for the league title, although the Warriors had already clinched the tiebreaker at the top seed into the conference tournament, which begins next Wednesday in Butte, Mont.
The Warriors, however, put an exclamation point on the title with a solid defensive game and strong play from both Fulbright and Baker during critical stretches of the game. LCSC held Carroll to just 18-of-58 shooting from the field, 31 percent, and also forced 20 turnovers.
Fulbright stepped up big in the second half with 12 of her game-high 18 in the second half. She hit on 8-of-14 shots from the field and also had two steals. Baker added 10 points in the second half as she finished 7-of-15 from the field and a team-best 8 rebounds. Fulbright and Baker were a combined 15-of-29 from the field, while the rest of the team was 8-of-23.
LCSC point guard Katie Hart added six points, seven assists, three steals and four rebounds, while Vanessa West added seven rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.
As a team, LCSC was 23-of-52 from the field for 44.2 percent.
Carroll was paced by Amy Brooks, who finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, but hit just 5-of-24 shots from the field. Hannah Heidenreich added 10 points.
LCSC will open the conference tournament on Wednesday against No. 8 seed Great Falls. The rest of the tournament pairings won’t be decided until after the regular season ends on Saturday night.