Jumping out to a 16-2 lead less than six minutes into the game, the Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball team was able to roll to an 86-43 win over Corban College in the opening round of the Staples Classic at Lewiston High School on Friday night.
LCSC, 3-1 overall, used a stifling defense to shut down Corban, which was playing in its season opener. LCSC forced 20 turnovers and held Corban to just 15-of-56 shooting from the field, 26.8 percent.
The Warriors used a variety of weapons to cruise to the win. LCSC outscored Corban 38-18 in the paint, including 24-6 in the first half. LCSC also finished 7-of-14 from the 3-point line and 34-of-58 overall from the field for 58.6 percent.
Sophomore forward Jasmine Stohr, who was the Frontier Conference’s Player of the Week last week, continued her solid play with 21 points, seven assists, two blocks, and two steals. She finished 9-of-10 shooting from the floor.
Sophomore post Kirsi Voshell posted a double-double as she finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Voshell was a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and added four blocked shots.
The rest of the Warrior attack, except for one, finished between four and eight points and ever player saw at least 11 minutes of playing time.
LCSC finished with a 41-30 rebounding edge and also had nine blocked shots.
Becky Buhler led Corban with 13 points, while Monique Tribble added 12. Corban only had six players score in the contest.
In the other opening round game on Friday, Azusa Pacific improved to 3-1 on the season with a 68-61 win over Warner Pacific, which was playing in its season opener.
The Staples Classic continues on Saturday at Warrior Gym with Corban and Warner Pacific meeting at noon, while LCSC and Azusa Pacific play at 6 p.m. Both LCSC and Azusa Pacific were ranked in the NAIA preseason poll and the Warriors defeated APU in California last week.