Warriors play WAC favorite Boise State tough before falling
BOISE, Idaho – Ja’Lara Walker and Tasha Harris combined for 31 points to lead two-time defending Western Athletic Conference champion Boise State to a 67-55 exhibition victory over the NAIA's fifth-ranked Lewis-Clark State Warriors at Taco Bell Arena on Saturday.
The Warriors actually led 28-26 at halftime, but BSU used a 22-6 run in the second half to take control of the contest.
LCSC, which opened its season with a win on Thursday night, hung tough with the Broncos for the opening 20 minutes, thanks to a tough defense that never allowed the Broncos to get into any type of offensive rhythm. LCSC's largest lead of the first half was five points, while BSU never led by more than two.
The first half saw a combined 24 turnovers, 13 by the Broncos. Adding to Boise State’s early frustrations was a poor shooting performance in which it shot 30 percent (9-of-30) from the floor compared to the Warriors’ 44 percent (12-of-27) shooting in the opening half.
The tables turned in the second half as the Warriors went cold, which allowed BSU to start the second half with a 9-0 run for a 35-28 lead with 17:54 left. The Broncos kept the press on and the lead reached 44-34 six minutes into the half. BSU's largest lead was 17 points with 4:39 left.
The Warriors tried to rally, but never got closer than nine points in the final 14 minutes of the game.
Sadie Short led the Warriors with 16 points and also had five rebounds, while Kenn Reiter added 12 points. Alyssa Fierro scored 10 points and led LCSC with seven rebounds, but a key stat in the game was BSU's 45-30 rebounding edge.
Senior guard Kim Preston, who is the Warriors' best 3-point shooter, missed her second straight game while recovering from an injury. She was held out of the contest as a precautionary measure in hopes that she will be close to 100 percent for next weekend.
The Warriors finished the game just 23-of-62 from the field for 37 percent accuracy, while Boise State was 25-of-60 for 41.7 precent.
Ja'Lara Walker came on the in second half for BSU after scoring four first-half points. She finished the game with team-highs in points, rebounds, and blocks with 16, six, and four respectively. Senior guard Tasha Harris, named the WAC Preseason Player of the Year, finished with a 15 points to go with five boards, four assists, and three steals. Janie Bos recorded eight points and five rebounds.
Turnovers continued to plague both teams during the final stanza as the Broncos finished the game with 24 compared to the Warriors’ 21.
LCSC resume regular-season action next weekend with a pair of games in California against Golden State Athletic Conference schools. LCSC faces Biola University Friday at 2 p.m. in La Mirada, and then takes on Hope International on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Fullerton.
Lewis-Clark State vs Boise State
11/01/08 1:05pm at Boise, ID. (Taco Bell Arena)
BOISE STATE 67, LEWIS-CLARK STATE 55
Short, Sadie 6-15 2-4 16; Reiter, Kenna 5-9 2-2 12; Fierro, Alyssa 5-10 0-0 10; Stohr, Jasmine 3-11 0-1 6; Titmus, Lacie 2-4 0-0 4; DePeel, Nikki 1-7 1-2 4; Mendezona, Madison 1-3 0-0 3; Miller, Nichole 0-1 0-0 0; Voshell, Kirsi 0-1 0-0 0; Bishop, Tasha 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-62 5-9 55.
Walker, Ja'Lara 6-8 4-4 16; Harris, Tasha 6-10 1-1 15; Bos, Janie 4-9 0-0 8;Moore, Brittany 2-6 2-2 7; Galassi, Jenna 3-6 0-0 7; Stotler, Marisa 2-5 0-0 4; VanBrocklin,Courtney 0-2 3-4 3; Gross, Stacie 0-0 2-2 2; Sanders, Ainsleigh 1-1 0-0 2; Moeller, Sierra 1-4 0-0 2; Rima, Melissa 0-0 1-2 1; Malone, Jamia 0-4 0-0 0; Pilcher, Heather 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 25-60 13-15 67.
Lewis-Clark State............. 28 27 - 55
Boise State................... 26 41 - 67
3-point goals--Lewis-Clark State 4-16 (Short, Sadie 2-5; Mendezona, Madison 1-3; DePeel, Nikki 1-3; Stohr, Jasmine 0-4; Miller, Nichole 0-1), Boise State 4-17 (Harris, Tasha 2-4; Galassi, Jenna 1-1; Moore, Brittany 1-4; VanBrocklin,Courtney 0-2; Malone, Jamia 0-4; Pilcher, Heather 0-2). Fouled out--Lewis-Clark State-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--Lewis-Clark State 30 (Fierro, Alyssa 7), Boise State 45 (Walker, Ja'Lara 6). Assists--Lewis-Clark State 7 (DePeel, Nikki 4), Boise State 13 (Harris, Tasha 4). Total fouls--Lewis-Clark State 15, Boise State 14. Technical fouls--Lewis-Clark State-None, Boise State-None.