Warriors combat outside attack and soar to 92-81 win
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Up against a quick moving, oft-substituting, 3-point throwing opponent, the Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball team made some adjustments, played strong defense, and wound up improving its record to a perfect 8-0 on Saturday. The Warriors defeated the University of La Verne 92-81.
“We were playing against a team that would sub a couple of players in every two minutes, and try to push it and attack the ball quick,” LCSC head coach Brian Orr said. “It was one of those games where we really couldn’t run our offense. We just had to make plays—and we did.”
The Warriors had big contributions from junior starters Kirsi Voshell and Jasmine Stohr and senior Kenna Reiter. Voshell had her third double-double of the season with 20 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks, and two steals. Stohr led the team with 21 points to go with five rebounds and five assists, and Reiter added 15 points and seven assists.
“Kenna was so good against the pressure,” Orr said. “She made the right decisions with the ball.”
Keeping fresh legs on the floor, La Verne, an NCAA Division III school, attempted to put constant pressure on LC’s offense and keep the game at a running pace. On offense, the Leopards main attack was from behind the 3-point line.
La Verne shot 23-of-75 (30.7 percent) from the field overall, and 12-of-43 (27.9 percent) from behind the arc.
“Over half of their shot attempts were 3-pointers, and we did a good job of contesting most of them,” said Orr. “I really think it was our defense that made the biggest difference in the game.”
The Warriors worked to a 55-44 lead by halftime, and enjoyed a 20-point cushion for the majority of the second half. LC’s largest lead in the game was 24.
Good free throw shooting helped the Leopards, now 2-3, trim some of the lead away late in the second half as they ended up making 23-of-26 (88.5 percent) attempts at the line.
Mayra Duenas, who was 4-of-8 from 3-point territory and 9-of-10 at the foul line, led La Verne with 25 points and seven rebounds. Devon Michaels and Ashley Paul had 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Lewis-Clark State finished 37-of-73 (50.7 percent) from the field, and 14-of-17 (82.4 percent) from the free throw line. It also went 4-of-12 from 3-point territory including a 3-of-4 mark by Stohr.
The Warriors had 11 steals and 24 turnovers in the game, while the Leopards had six steals and 21 turnovers. LCSC, which was aided underneath by Alyssa Fierro who had 10 rebounds and three blocks, outrebounded its opponent 51-41.
“Even though we turned the ball over a bunch, we shot a good percentage, and rebounded the ball well on the defensive end,” Orr said. “Overall, I was really pleased with our effort.”
After a fast paced and strenuous game on Saturday, the Warriors will be testing their stamina on Sunday when the face the University of Santa Cruz at 1 p.m.