Warriors earn 63-60 win over Montana Tech
LEWISTON, Idaho – The Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball team did just enough to earn its third conference win on Saturday. The Warriors edged out Montana Tech 63-60 to improve to 3-1 in the Frontier Conference and 13-4 overall.
LCSC outscored the Orediggers 32-25 in the first half, but couldn’t shake away from its opponent in the second half as Montana Tech knotted the game at 57-57 with just over three minutes left. Fortunately for the Warriors, freshman Jasmine Stohr untied the knot when she nailed a 3-pointer at the top of the key to make it 60-57.
After Stohr’s three, a steal by Kenna Reiter and a foul on Tech’s Brittanie Toone brought Warrior guard Nikki DePeel to the free throw line. DePeel sunk both shots to bring the score to 62-57. With 21 seconds left Lindsie Wilson answered with a 3-pointer to bring the game to 62-60. Then with 17 seconds left, a foul by Wilson sent Sadie Short to the line to shoot one-and-one. Short made the first but missed the second as the Warriors road out the remaining seconds to get the win.
LCSC’s leading scorer on the night, Short, carried the Warriors with 14 points in the first half on 6-for-9 shooting from the field but scored only two points in the second half to finish with the team-high of 16. Stohr was the only other Warriors to score in double figures as she finished with 13 points and three steals. Stohr, Alyssa Fierro, and Kirsi Voshell led LCSC with eight rebounds apiece. And Short and Reiter both led the team with four assists.
Montana Tech was led by Lindsie Wilson’s double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Jessie DePell kept the Oredigger offense in motion as she scored 16 points and had eight assists.
The team stats were not too far from being identical, as LCSC narrowly outshot Tech 41 percent (25-for-61) to 38.3 percent (23-for-60) and had a 41-37 rebounding advantage. Also, Montana Tech committed 13 turnovers to LCSC’s 14. However, The two teams did score their points in different ways as LCSC finished with 34 points in the paint as compared to Tech’s 26 points in the paint, and Tech scored 17 to LCSC eight points off of turnovers.
The loss brings Montana Tech to 1-3 in the conference and 4-10 overall.
Lewis-Clark State now gears up for a trip to Billings, Mont. to take on Rocky Mountain on Jan. 22, and a trip to Helena, Mont. to face Carroll College on Jan. 24.