Baker paces No. 2 ranked
Warrior women to 68-64 win
post Ashley Baker (shown in the photo)
scored 23 points and grabbed a season-high
18 rebounds to help the Lewis-Clark State
College women’s basketball team to its 15th
straight victory, a 68-64 triumph over
Montana State University-Northern in a
Frontier Conference contest at the LCSC
Activity Center on Thursday night.
who is making a solid run for the
conference’s Player of the Year honor, hit
8-of-18 shots from the field and 7-of-9 free
throws. She also had a season-high seven
offensive rebounds and added two steals and
a blocked shot to help the Warriors, ranked
No. 2 in the NAIA, improve to 23-1 overall
and a perfect 9-0 in conference play.
Warriors playing their second game without
senior forward Aundrea Morrison, who
suffered a season-ending knee injury, Baker
took over inside and had a double-double by
halftime with 15 points and 12 rebounds in
the first half. Her play helped LCSC grab a
40-33 rebounding edge, including 19
Warriors needed those second and third
opportunities. Even though LCSC took 16 more
shots from the field, it only made two more
baskets than the Skylights, which was the
difference in the game. LCSC finished
24-of-66 from the field, 36.4 percent, and
was just 5-of-24 from the 3-point line. MSU-Northern
was 22-of-50 from the field and 4-of-11 at
the 3-point line.
now 15-9 overall and 4-6 in conference play,
actually led for most of the first half
before a 3-point basket by Katya Yancheva
made it 35-33. The Skylights tied it at
35-35 at halftime.
Warriors gained the upper hand in the second
half with Janeen Nelson scoring 11 of her 17
points in the final 20 minutes. The Warriors
led by as much as 10 with 5:20 left, but MSU-Northern
hit six consecutive free throws to make it a
three-point game. Nelson countered with two
free throws to put the game out of reach.
Troutt added five points, five rebounds and
three assists for the Warriors, who received
solid play from their bench and received
high praise for LCSC coach Brian Orr.
Johnston had 20 points and nine rebounds to
pace the Skylights, while Chelsie Searle
added 12 points.
teams are back in action Saturday. MSU-Northern
continues its road trip by playing
Westminster, while LCSC will play host to
Great Falls at 6 p.m. at the LCSC Activity