Warriors swat away Tech to earn first Frontier win
BUTTE, Mont. – Despite surrendering 21 offensive rebounds, the Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball team picked up its first Frontier Conference victory on Saturday. With double-doubles by Alyssa Fierro and Kirsi Voshell and a season-high 11 blocked shots, the No. 4-ranked Warriors handled Montana Tech 62-54.
“It was a great team win,” said LCSC head coach Brian Orr. “We had a devastating loss last night—and we’re not used to losing—but I really liked how we prepared and focused today.”
With a loss to Montana Western on Friday and Saturday’s win over Tech the Warriors now sit at 15-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
Fierro topped the Warriors’ scoring efforts with 18 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday. The senior had two blocks, and also hit a 3-pointer to help the team battle through a tight first half.
Voshell finished with 14 points and 10 boards, but made her biggest contribution on the defensive end with a career-high seven blocks. The Warriors’ team blocking total fell just one short of the all-time program mark of 12, which was set in 1991.
“We really concentrated on going inside,” said Orr. “Last night we took 12 threes each half and that’s not us. We have to go inside, that’s our strength, and I thought our perimeter players did a great job of getting it to them.”
Montana Tech’s 51-41 rebounding advantage kept the Warriors from gaining too much of a lead throughout the game. This was especially true in the first half as Tech held LCSC’s lead to 30-28 with just over two minutes left.
Thanks to back-to-back buckets on the inside from Voshell and Fierro the Warriors outscored Tech 7-3 over the final two minutes to move the lead to 37-31 at the break.
LCSC maintained around a five-point lead for much of the second half and reached a double-digit cushion on a 3-pointer by Annie Kane with 7:30 left in the game. Jasmine Stohr followed this with a jumper to give the team its largest lead of the night at 53-41.
“I thought we guarded really well in the second half, but we went through a scoring drought early on.”
Led by six consecutive unanswered points by Dannielle Devenny, Tech cut the lead to 56-52 with 3:30 remaining. However, the Warriors did a good job of running the clock and went 6-of-6 at the foul line in the final three minutes to ride the lead out until the end.
The Warriors outshot the Orediggers 38.2 percent to 29 percent overall, and 35.7 percent (5-of-14) to 28.6 percent (6-of-21) from the outside. Neither team shot particularly well at the foul line as LCSC was 15-for-27 (55.6 percent), and Tech was 8-for-14 (57.1 percent).
Besides Voshell and Fierro, LCSC also received a strong scoring effort from Tasha Bishop who collected 11 points on a 3-of-5 night from 3-point territory. Bishop also had six rebounds and a game-high four steals.
Tech, now 5-9 and 0-2, was led by the 18 points and 10 rebounds of Devenny. Mandy Machinal added 16 points and five rebounds, and Kelsey DeWit and Bryn Hasquet had eight rebounds apiece.
Every Oredigger who stepped on the floor on Saturday came up with at least one offensive rebound.
“One possession I think they had about eight shots,” said Orr in explaining one reason for Tech’s high offensive rebound total. “It is certainly something we will focus on next week in practice.”
After going 1-1 in opening the Frontier season on the road, the Warriors will look forward to returning home next week. The team will host Rocky Mountain on Thursday and Carroll College on Saturday. Both games will start at 5:30 p.m., PST.