LEWISTON, Idaho – A big first half gave the Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball team enough breathing room to breeze by Whitman College on Friday night. The Warriors defeated the Missionaries 84-61.
With high pressure defense and a decent shooting percentage, LCSC jumped to leads of 12-0, 21-5, and 32-14 and finished the first half with a lead of 40-24. In the half, the Warriors’ defense kept the NCAA D-III Missionaries from making a field goal until the 10:53 mark, came away with nine steals, and helped LCSC score 10 fast break points.
In the second half, the Warriors didn’t receive as much production out of its defense and shot a little bit worse, but the lead was still much too large for the Missionaries to surmount.
The win improves LCSC to 12-2 and extends its winning streak to five games. For Whitman, which fell to the Warriors 74-64 earlier this season, the loss brings its overall record to 5-4.
LCSC should now be able to enjoy some down time as its next game on the schedule isn’t until Jan. 1. On Jan. 1-2, the Warriors will play back-to-back games against Trinity Western University.
Four Warriors reached double digits in scoring on Friday. Jasmine Stohr led the way with 16 points and five rebounds, Alyssa Fierro had 15 points and eight rebounds, Nikki DePeel had 12 points and a team-high five assists, and Kenna Reiter had 10 points and three steals. Fierro was 9-for-10 at the foul line.
The Warriors outshot the Missionaries 42.6 percent (26-of-61) to 41.3 percent (19-of-46) overall, and also outshot them at the free throw line 82.4 percent (28-of-34) to 60 percent 18-of-30). Despite shooting well from short range, LCSC did not fare so well from the outside and ended up making only four of its 19 3-point attempts.
LCSC used its quickness inside to outrebound Whitman 44-27. The Warriors finished with 22 offense boards and six of those came via the hands of Ashley Honeycutt who finished with a game-high nine rebounds. This is the second straight game that Honeycutt has come off the bench to lead the Warriors with nine rebounds.
Thanks to two blocks from Kirsi Voshell, the Warriors finished with five blocks in the game and are currently averaging 5.39 blocks per game which is sixth best in the NAIA. Voshell also had five points and seven rebounds.
The Missionaires were led by the 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting from Rebecca Sexton, and the 12 points, seven rebounds, and five assists of Kelly Peterson. Hilary White also added 12 points, and Emilie Gilbert had five assists.
A moment of silence was held before the game for Glenn Voshell, Kirsi Voshell’s father, who passed away this past week in a hunting accident.