ASHLAND, Ore. – The Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball team had no luck in its attempt to slow down undefeated Southern Oregon University at the Flagship Inn Classic on Friday. The Raiders made 7-of-10 attempts from 3-point territory in the first half and cruised to a 88-59 victory.
The win lifts Southern Oregon, which is averaging over 96 points per game, to 7-0, while the Warriors dip to 0-7.
“Except for Boise State, it’s the best team we’ve played all year no questions asked,” said LCSC head coach Brian Orr.
The talent-laden Raiders wasted no time at all as they nailed four 3-pointers in the first four minutes and continued to add on by pushing the ball hard up the court each possession.
“They just go,” Orr said about the Raiders. “Every shot they go, and if you’re not making baskets their transition (offense) is even tougher. I thought we had some OK looks in the first half, but we just couldn’t get the ball to drop for us.”
LCSC struggled to find its stroke early and ended up shooting 25.8 percent in the opening half. Overall, SOU outshot the Warriors 57.1 to 34.4 percent.
The Raiders, an NAIA Division II team out of the Cascade Conference, led 51-23 at halftime, and reached a game-high lead of 36, 75-39, midway through the second half.
“The first half they just came out on fire. And when they came out firing threes it kinda just took the wind out of our sails. We knew we needed to stop their transition game, but if you don’t make baskets that gets really difficult.”
The combo of NCAA Division I transfers Allison Gida (Utah) and Melissa Sweat (San Diego State) proved to be too much for the young Warrior roster to handle. Gida had a game-high 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting, while Sweat added 20 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the outside. Both are 5-foot-11 guards.
“When you put both of them out on the floor, it’s a Division I look.”
To make matters worse for the Warriors, Southern Oregon also did a great job of rebounding and ended up with a 54-22 advantage in total rebounds including a 15-6 edge in offensive boards.
SOU’s Kiara Moore led with 10 rebounds, Krysten Copeland had eight, and Ashley Claussen had seven.
Annie Kane had one of the stronger games for the Warriors as she scored 15 points and was 2-for-5 from the outside. The senior also did a good job protecting the ball at the point in the continued absence of starting point guard Brittany Niebergall who remains sidelined with a knee injury.
“Annie Kane had a great second half for us. One of the best things she’s doing for us at the point is not turning it over,” Orr said. “Loree Hill also was solid. She didn’t come up with a lot of rebounds, but she battled for everything, and also hit a couple big shots to give us a little momentum.”
The Warriors were able to force the Raiders into 23 turnovers while committing just 14 miscues of their own.
Hill finished with a career-high nine points, and was 2-for-3 from behind the 3-point line. Ornela Bachini added nine points, while Tanis Fuller and Shelby Barnes had eight apiece.
“We’ll just learn from this and get better,” said Orr. “We’re going against a solid OIT team tomorrow, and they’re another team that just loves to push it.”