The Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball team forced more than twice as many turnovers as points it allowed to roll past Pacific Union College 78-17 in the final game of the Wells Fargo Tournament at the LCSC Activity Center on Sunday.
The Warriors, ranked No. 11 in the NAIA, finished the three-day three-team tournament with a perfect 2-0 mark to improve to 11-2 on the season. The victory also helped the Warriors stretch their win streak to four games.
Pacific Union, a NAIA Division II school located in Angwin, Calif., fell to 3-6 overall.
The Pioneers simply were overmatched against the quicker and more athletic Warriors. LCSC forced 41 turnovers in the game, which helped the Warriors to a 48-2 advantage in points off of turnovers. A number of the turnovers led to fastbreak opportunities and easy layins.
The Warriors collected 24 steals in the contest and also blocked eight shots.
LCSC, which led 42-9 at halftime, opened the second half with a 12-0 run. Pacific Union didn’t reach double figures in scoring until the 13:42 mark of the second half.
LCSC coach Brian Orr used rotations of five and split the playing evenly among the 10 players. That balance also showed in the scoring column as seven players had at least seven points in the contest.
Jasmine Stohr, who had 25 points in a win over Great Falls on Friday to open the tournament, added 13 points in Sunday’s win and was named the Tournament MVP. The 6-foot sophomore also had six steals, four rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots on Sunday.
LCSC dominated the all-tournament team with four of the six selections. Joining Stohr were teammates Nikki DePeel, Alyssa Fierro, and Lauren Daling. Union Pacific was represented by JoAnne Mauries, while Great Falls had Kristy Henderson honored.
Fierro, a 6-2 sophomore post, led all scorers with 16 points and six blocked shots. She also had five rebounds and two steals, and hit 6-of-7 shots from the field. Daling scored a season-high 12 points and added five rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while DePeel, the lone senior on the team, had nine points, three steals and two assists.
Ashley Honeycutt added seven points and a game-high nine rebounds for LCSC, while Kenna Reiter had eight points, seven assists, and four steals.
For the game, LCSC hit 32-of-65 attempts from the field for 49.2 percent. The Warriors were only 2-of-14 from the 3-point arc.
Pacific Union, which was paced by Julie Ford’s six points, hit 8-of-40 shots from the field for 20 percent, and was 0-for-7 from the 3-point line. The Pioneers also were outrebounded 36-31.
LCSC returns to action at home on Friday night for a 6 p.m. contest against Whitman College. That is LCSC’s final game before the New Year, but the Warriors do play on New Year’s Day and Jan. 2, both at home against Trinity Western University. Those contests will wrap up the non-Frontier Conference portion of LCSC’s schedule.
The Warriors only had 10 players on Sunday because sophomore post Kirsi Voshell was out with a family emergency.