BOISE, Idaho – The Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball team was overrun by Boise State University in an exhibition contest at the Taco Bell Arena on Friday night. The NCAA Division I Broncos outpaced the Warriors 92-36.
The Broncos, playing in their first contest of the season, shot a crisp 51.4 percent from the field and held a shorthanded Warrior squad to a 25.5 percent shooting mark to build a 39-11 lead by halftime.
LCSC was without the services of the team’s lone returning starter Brittaney Niebergall who suffered a knee injury during practice on Thursday. The extent of her injury is unknown at this time.
Without Niebergall at the point, the Broncos enjoyed a 34-0 lead in points off of turnovers and a 16-0 advantage in fast break points.
Rebounding also played a major role as the Broncos led 54-25 in total rebounds and 16-3 in offensive boards.
Rosalie Cutri led the Broncos with 13 points, while Julia Marshall and Erica Martinez added 12 apiece. Lauren Lenhardt, a Mountain West Preseason All-Conference Team selection, led the contest with 11 rebounds and also added nine points.
LCSC; which has a roster composed of three freshman, six sophomores, one junior, and just one senior; was led by 13 points from Lewiston native Tanis Fuller. Fuller and Shelby Barnes made two 3-pointers apiece to help the Warriors go 5-for-16 on the night, slightly better than Boise State’s 4-of-19 effort.
Warrior junior Ornela Bacchini topped the team with seven rebounds and also added a team-high six steals.
The Warriors and Broncos have now played eight times during the regular season with Boise State winning all of them. The two teams first faced each other on Dec. 10, 1988 when the Broncos came away with a 72-59 victory. In 2009, the teams’ previous meeting, the Broncos won 84-64.
Lewis-Clark State’s next contest will be against the College of Idaho on Nov. 8 at the Westminster Classic in Salt Lake City.