Warrior women pull away from Argos down the stretch
LEWISTON, Idaho – The Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball team finished strong to take down the University of Great Falls 69-52 on Thursday night. The Warriors shot 51.6 percent in the second half and outscored the Argos 12-4 in the final five minutes.
With the win, LCSC improves to 24-4 overall and 10-3 in the Frontier Conference. The victory also clinches a second-place finish in the conference standings with just one game left in the regular season.
Seniors Jasmine Stohr and Kirsi Voshell both turned in big games for the Warriors. Stohr made 9-of-14 attempts from the field to collect a game-high 22 points. The 6-foot guard also had four rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Voshell’s contribution was a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds to go with six blocked shots.
Despite a somewhat sluggish start, LCSC shot 46.7 percent on the night, which outdid UGF’s 26.2 percent. The Warriors benefited from a 44-20 advantage in points in the paint, despite Great Falls holding an 18-15 lead in offensive rebounds. LCSC held a slim 44-42 lead in rebounds overall.
Out of the gate, LCSC worked its way to a 9-2 lead, however, a cold shooting streak allowed the Argos to come back and take a 17-12 edge with 7:32 remaining in the first half. Thanks to a couple of big shots late in the half, including a 3-pointer by Brittaney Niebergall on the final possession, the Warriors held a 29-23 lead at the break.
With Stohr heating up in the second half, the Warriors were able to push their lead to 15 by about midway through the second half and to as many as 19 late in the game. Stohr ended up with 18 of her 22 points coming in the second half.
Tanis Filler and Tasha Bishop also reached double-digits in scoring for LCSC as they had 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Thanks to five assists by Niebergall and four apiece by Stohr and Bishop the Warriors held a 21-8 advantage in assists in the game. More than a few of the assists came on transition buckets as the Warriors had a 12-5 lead in fast break points and a 16-9 lead in points off of turnovers.
Great Falls, which is now 9-17 overall and 3-10 in league play, was led in scoring by Shorty Ramos who had 12 points and seven rebounds. Lindsey Abramson led the team with 10 rebounds and was one of three Argos with eight points.
A crowd of 1,027 fans were in attendance and many took part in the Warriors’ first annual Quiet Riot promotion. The promotion involved the crowd being asked to stand in silence until the Warriors scored their 10th point. Each year the Warrior athletic department plans to hold the Quiet Riot promotion as a means to support different causes. On Thursday night the promotion was in support of breast cancer awareness.
The LCSC women will be back in action on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. against Montana State University-Northern. The game is scheduled as Senior Night and will feature a special presentation honoring LCSC’s four seniors directly before the game.