LEWISTON - After a back-and-forth first half against 20th ranked Rocky Mountain College (13-6, 4-4), the number 25 Lewis-Clark State Women’s Basketball team (13-5, 5-3) took control of the second half to pull the upset over the Battlin’ Bears 82-54.
The victory is the fourth straight for the Lewis-Clark State women, and the second consecutive over an opponent with a higher ranking. Kiara Burlage notched her sixth double-double with 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
“We just took more of our shots in the second half,” Burlage said. “We didn’t really make any 3s in the first half, just one, so it was about taking more of our rhythm shots. We know we have to believe that we are the better team, and just play more of our game to protect the home court.”
The score was close throughout the first half, with the lead changing hands multiple times as the two top-25 teams battled for control.
A tightly contested first half ended when Peyton Souvenir launched a shot from deep to tie the game at the buzzer. At the end of the first half, Souvenir led the Warriors with nine points. Abbie Johnson and Burlage both notched eight.
The Warriors took control in the second half and ran away for its second-straight upset on the weekend. The Warriors outscored the Bears 51-23 in the final two periods.
LCSC finished the game off hitting four-straight triples, with one from Burland, a pair from Jamie Nielson and one from Madeline Weaver.
Burlage had game highs with 19 points and 14 boards. Johnson added 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Souvenir dished out six assists.
The Warriors shot 51.6% from the field (32-for-62), 37.9% from beyond the arc (11-for-29) and were a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. The 11 3-pointers tied a season-high. The Warrior defense held RMC to just 36.1% shooting from the floor and had nine steals.
“We were better defensively in the second half,” Johnson explained. “We got stops on every part of the defensive floor, and those were big stops because we converted them on the offensive end. We kept them off the boards and kept talking and making slides that we needed to make.”
Markaela Francis led the Battlin’ Bears with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Kloie Thatcher and Destinee Pointer each had 12 points.
The Warriors will now hit the road next week, where they will take on 18th ranked MSU-Northern and Providence.