Warrior women knock off 10th-ranked Azusa Pacific
COVINA, Calif. – Behind the double-doubles of Jasmine Stohr and Alyssa Fierro, the Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball team upset Azusa Pacific, ranked No. 10 in the NAIA’s preseason poll, 67-56 on Thursday night.
The Warriors, ranked No. 16, trailed for the majority of the first half before Stohr broke a tie with a three pointer to hand LCSC a 39-36 lead at the break—and from there the Warriors never looked back. In the second half, the Warriors never surrendered the lead and led by as much as 13 to hand Azusa Pacific its first loss of the season.
Stohr finished the game with 22 points and 11 rebounds on an impressive 8-for-11 effort from the field. She was also 2-for-2 from 3-point territory and 4-for-4 at the foul line.
Fierro also had a strong night as she added 11 points and 10 rebounds to go with her two blocks.
Overall, with the difference in total rebounds and turnovers being very small between the two teams, LCSC gained the upper hand on the Cougars with its shooting. LCSC outshot Azusa Pacific 43.3-percent (26-of-60) to 30.8-percent from the field (20-of-65).
With the win, LCSC improves to 2-0, while Azusa Pacific drops to 2-1. Azusa Pacific's two wins this season came against members of the Frontier Conference. The Cougars traveled to Montana and bested MSU-Northern 84-78 to start the season, and then defeated Great Falls 84-73 the following day.
Nikki DePeel and Kenna Reiter also scored in double-digits for the Warriors. DePeel had 11 points, three steals, and two assists, and Reiter had 10 points, five assists, and two steals.
Kristie Hala’Ufia led the Cougars with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and she was aided by C.J. Hill’s 14 points, five rebounds, and five steals.
The Warriors now travel to Riverside, Calif., to take on Cal Baptist University on Friday at 7 p.m. Then on Sunday, the Warriors cap their three-game road trip with an exhibition contest against Boise State at 1 p.m.