WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Nineteen points from Jasmine Stohr and 11 rebounds by Kirsi Voshell helped the Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball team triumph over Whitworth University 67-55 at the third annual Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic on Friday.
The lead never changed hands, as the Warriors stayed in front of the Pirates from the first field goal, a 3-pointer by Stohr, to the final buzzer, and enjoyed a double-digit lead for the majority of the game.
The Warriors, now 5-1, will face tournament host Whitman College on Saturday. Tip-off will be at 6 p.m.
Led by Stohr’s 6-of-8 day from the field coupled with the 3-for-3 effort of Tasha Bishop and the 3-for-4 performance from Lauren Daling, the Warriors used a 53.5 (23-of-43) shooting percentage to outpace the Pirates who shot only 35.3 percent (18-of-51).
Lewis-Clark State, ranked No. 16 nationally in NAIA Div. I, led by as many as 16 points in the first half and was up 36-25 at intermission.
Whitworth, an NCAA Div. III school, rallied early in the second half, trimming its deficit to six points at 44-38 with more than 12 minutes still left to play. However, Tasha Bishop helped stem the tide for Lewis-Clark State, scoring the next five points as the Warriors pushed their lead back into double digits. Bishop finished with 12 points and was 2-for-2 from 3-point territory.
Cassie Pilkinton was the only Pirate to reach double figures in scoring. She led Whitworth, which is now 0-1, with 10 points and shared the team high of four rebounds with Natalie Orrell.
LCSC committed 19 turnovers, but forced 23. Stohr led the Warriors with three steals, while Kenna Reiter and Nikki DePeel contributed two apiece. Reiter also had five assists.
Alyssa Fierro, a 6-foot-2 sophomore post, contributed nine points and three rebounds with three of her points coming via a 3-pointer with four minutes left in the first half. After going 0-for-3 from behind the arc in 31 games last year, Friday’s shot was Fierro’s first trey as a Warrior.