Warriors kick off season with 97-38 win
LEWISTON, Idaho – Junior guard Jasmine Stohr scored a game-high 26 points and junior center Kirsi Voshell had 14 of her 18 points in the second half to help the Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball team kick off its season with a big 97-38 win over Walla Walla University at the LCSC Activity Center on Monday night.
LCSC, ranked No. 11 in the NAIA preseason poll, put the pedal to the metal early against the Wolves, 0-2, by using a tough defense that forced 32 turnovers and helped the Warriors to several fastbreak layins. The Warriors had 40 points off of turnovers, including 19 on fastbreaks.
“I thought we played real well as a team,” LCSC coach Brian Orr said. “There were times where we were dominating at both ends of the court and times where it seemed we had our problems. But it was a first game and everyone got into the game and got quality minutes.”
Ten of the 11 Warriors scored and 10 of 11 also saw at least 11 minutes of playing time. LCSC’s bench outscored Walla Walla’s bench 29-0.
LCSC jumped on Walla Walla early and took a 42-14 lead at halftime. The Warriors then outscored the Wolves 55-24 in the second half.
Stohr, LCSC’s 6-foot All-American candidate, hit 10-of-18 shots from the field and also had seven assists, six rebounds and four steals in 24 minutes. Voshell went 8-of-11 from the field and had six rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
Alyssa Fierro also was in double figures for the Warriors with 13 points and also added a team-high seven rebounds. Senior point guard Kenna Reiter had seven points, five assists, and five steals.
LCSC finished with 19 steals in the contest.
“With our defense, we wanted to attack the ball,” said Orr, who was pleased with not only forcing 32 turnovers, but having the Warriors in single digits themselves with only eight turnovers.
LCSC finished the game 40-of-79 from the field for 50.6 percent, and 12-of-17 at the foul line for 70.6 percent. The team also had a 44-35 rebounding edge.
Heather McFadden led the Wolves with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Nicke Parks added 12 points and six boards.
Walla Walla, which didn’t score from the field for the first eight minutes of the second half, finished the game 14-of-47 from the field for 29.8 percent and 10-of-16 at the foul line.
LCSC will be back in action Thursday night at 7 p.m. when it plays host to Northwest Nazarene University, an NCAA Division II school from Nampa, Idaho.