HAVRE, Mont. - The Lewis-Clark State College women's basketball team put on another defensive clinic in holding its second straight opponent to 43 points with a 59-43 victory over Montana State University-Northern to start the second half of Frontier Conference play on Friday night.
LCSC, ranked No. 11 in the NAIA, improves to 21-3 with the win, including a 7-1 mark in FC play, which leaves it in a tie for first with 14th-ranked Westminster. It's the 18th straight season LCSC has won at least 20 games.
Defense was again the story for the Warriors as they pushed their win streak to four. LCSC held the Lights to just less than 30 percent shooting from the field. LCSC, which ranks seventh nationally in field goal percentage defense at 34.6 percent, kept MSU-Northern to just 14-of-47 from the field (29.8 percent). In a 56-43 win over Westminster last Saturday, the Warriors allowed the Griffins to shoot just 30.6 percent.
The Warriors, ranked third in the nation in blocked shots, picked up six more in the contest. The Warriors also allowed only four MSU-Northern players to score and held its bench scoreless in the contest.
The Skylights did score the first five points of the game, but then quickly found out why LCSC's defense is sixth in the country in points allowed at 53.6 points per game. Unlike the first meeting when LCSC claimed a 67-51 victory, the Warriors didn't press and instead relied on its halfcourt man and zone defense to force 18 turnovers and outscore the Lights 18-7 in points off of turnovers.
After going scoreless for nearly four minutes, the Warrior offense woke up and scored 11 straight points to take the lead for good at 11-5. LCSC held a 27-20 advantage at halftime as four players - Kenna Reiter, Jasmine Stohr, Alyssa Fierro, and Kirsi Voshell - had six points apiece.
LCSC jumped out to a 10-point lead at 32-22 early in the second half, but the Lights scored six straight points to cut the margin to 32-28. The Lights, however, couldn't get closer as LCSC pulled away and led by as much as 17 in the contest.
Reiter led four LCSC players in double figures with 13 points. The junior point guard was 6-of-8 from the field and also had seven assists. Senior guard Nikki DePeel had all of her 11 points in the second half, while Stohr and Fierro finished with 10 each. Fierro also had seven rebounds.
Voshell again was LCSC's leading rebounder with nine to go along with her eight points.
Sam Schermele led MSU-Northern, now 12-12 overall and 3-5 in league play, with 16 points. Zivile Gaizutyte finished with a double-double. She had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
For the game, LCSC was 23-of-59 from the field for 39 perecent and 4-of-12 from the 3-point line. The Warriors also had a 40-24 rebounding edge and an 11-3 advantage in steals.
LCSC, which plays five of its seven games on the road in the second half of conference play, concludes this road trip on Saturday at the University of Great Falls. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m., PST. UGF is 0-8 in conference play this season.
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