SALT LAKE CITY – The Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball team continued to make steps forward with an inexperienced roster, but fell to 0-3 on the season Friday after a 62-49 loss to The Master’s College in their second game at the Westminster Classic.
The Warriors led for most of the first half, but a spate of turnovers late in the opening stanza allowed the Mustangs to take a 10-point lead going into the locker room.
LCSC committed 24 turnovers in the game, and shot just 34.5 percent from the field.
“We had a great start, but then the last five or six minutes of the first half we struggled making baskets and turnovers just killed us,” Lewis-Clark State coach Brian Orr said. “But today we took a step forward in our own development as a team. I was really pleased with our energy and our communication on the floor was outstanding."
It was a balanced effort offensively for the Warriors, who had success both in the post and from the perimeter against the Mustangs.
Sophomore McKenzie Heaslet had buckets inside on LCSC’s first two offensive possessions, and the Warriors hit four 3-pointers in as many minutes to open the action, two apiece from Loree Hill and Caitlin Carr.
Carr, a freshman from Auburn, Wash., led the Warriors with 13 points and 11 rebounds on Friday, and Heaslet tacked on 11 points.
“I was really proud of Caitlin’s performance,” Orr said. “She didn’t look or play like a freshman. I also thought McKenzie played her best game as a Warrior and did it against some tough competition.”
Heaslet was matched up against Mustang junior Jacqui Marshall, a transfer from UC Irvine in the post all night, and the Warriors had their hands full.
Marshall led all scorers with 26 points and shot 11-for-17 from the field in the game.
“Marshall was the big difference maker this afternoon,” Orr said. “At this point in the season, The Master’s is the best of the six teams who are playing in this tournament. Give them a lot of credit. They are tough and definitely be one of the top teams in the country.”
The Master’s widened its lead to as big as 21 midway through the second half, as Marshall continued to shoot at an efficient clip for the Mustangs.
Meanwhile, the Warriors couldn’t find the basket after halftime.
“We started by turning it over and just couldn’t get anything to fall,” Orr said. “But we continued to fight and really showed some resolve the last 10-12 minutes of the game.”
LCSC went on a 13-2 run that spanned six minutes of the second half to get the lead down to 10, but the Mustangs’ Zoe Scott hit a 3-pointer with 7:59 to go that put The Master’s in charge.
The Warriors will have another tough challenge in their final game at the Westminster Classic, as they take on Biola on Saturday at 1 p.m.
“It seems like every time we play Biola it’s a physical battle,” Orr said. “We have a lot to work on, but this game was something we can build on.”