Four Warrior Women Score in Double Figures in Victory over C of I
2/6/2021 | Bert Sahlberg | LC State Public Information Specialist
CALDWELL, Idaho – Holding College of Idaho scoreless for nearly the length of a full quarter, the Lewis-Clark State College Women’s Basketball team was able to claim a 76-57 non-league victory over the Coyotes on Saturday night.
LC held a 28-24 lead after the Coyotes scored at the 5:07 mark of the second quarter. College of Idaho, however, didn’t score again until 5:35 remaining in the third quarter. By that time, the Warriors had run off 14 straight points for a 42-24 lead.
LC State, ranked No. 23 in the NAIA, improves to 9-4 with the win in its final scheduled road game of the regular season. College of Idaho is 4-11. Although both teams are members of the Cascade Collegiate Conference, the contest was a non-league game. The CCC won’t begin league play until March.
“We played really hard the whole game,” LC coach Brian Orr said. “Except for our turnovers and a few missed free throws, I thought we executed really well offensively, especially in the fourth quarter.”
LC made 9 of its 12 shots in the first quarter and then hit its first shot of the second quarter to complete a 12-0 run a 23-13 lead. Senior guard Jansen Edmiston sparked the run with seven points.
LC’s defense continued to give College of Idaho fits and held the Coyotes scoreless for the final five minutes of the second quarter. The Warriors, however, couldn’t quite pull away because they committed 12 turnovers in the first half.
Leading 33-24 at intermission, the Warriors scored the first nine points of the second half, including six by senior forward Abbie Johnson. LC led by as much as 20, 50-30 in the third quarter, and College of Idaho could get no closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Several Warriors had outstanding stat lines in the game. Edmiston finished with a game-high 20 points and also added five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Kiara Burlage had her first double-double of the season with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while Abby Farmer went 5-of-8 from the 3-point line and finished with 17 points. Johnson added 14 points and five rebounds, and turned in five of the Warriors’ eight blocked shots in the game.
“It’s always a good sign when we have four players in double figures,” Orr said.
The Warriors defense held College of Idaho to just 19-of-64 shooting from the field, 29.7 percent. LC also had a 43-36 rebounding advantage and forced 13 turnovers. LC kept better care of the basketball in the second half with only six turnovers.
Kenadee French led the Coyotes with 18 points, all on 3-pointers.
“Our defense was solid the entire game,” Orr said. “We had a hard time stopping French, but we made them work for everything and kept them under 30 percent (shooting) for the game.”
LC State hit 28-of-54 shots for 51.9 percent accuracy, including a 9-of-22 effort from the 3-point line (40.9 percent).
The Warriors are scheduled to wrap up their regular season with a pair of home games this week against NCAA Division II squad Montana State-Billings. The two meet at 6 p.m. on Friday and again at 2 p.m. on Saturday, both at the LC Activity Center. The two teams split a pair of games in Billings during the final week of January.
LCSC and College of Idaho will then take part in a best-of-three playoff series to determine the CCC’s automatic berth to the NAIA national tournament. Although another poll will come out next week, LC will undoubtedly be the higher ranked team and therefore will have home-court advantage for the playoff. The first game is set for Feb. 17 at LCSC. The second game will be played in Caldwell and, if necessary, the third contest’s location will be decided by a coin toss.