LEWISTON - Sara Muehlhausen had a breakout game on Saturday in Lewis-Clark State Women’s Basketball’s big non-conference win over the College of Idaho. The sophomore scored a career-high 14 points in the 75-39 victory, while Abby Farmer and Jansen Edmiston each added 12. The Warrior defense allowed just five points in the first quarter, and six in the third.
“It felt good to get this win, especially since we all know a lot of girls on the other team,” Muehlhausen said. “It felt really nice to come out and show them what we can do.”
“I thought we played really well this afternoon,” Head Coach Brian Orr said. “I thought our defense was stellar the whole game. Offensively we had a lot of players step up and play well.”
The visiting Yotes held the lead for just under two minutes before the Warrior offense and defense took off. A 3-pointer by Peyton Souvenir at 8:13 gave LC State a 4-3 advantage, and another triple from Farmer kept the momentum going.
A basket by Edmiston sparked a 10-point rally to end the first quarter. Souvenir and Maddie Holm each added shots from behind the arc before Muehlhausen found the basket at the buzzer. The Warriors allowed just five points in the opening frame and led 17-5.
Muehlhausen opened the second quarter with a bucket to cap the stretch of 12-unanswered points for LC State. Holm chipped in four points as part of a nine-point rally to stretch the advantage to 29-9 by 3:25, and back-to-back baskets by Abbie Johnson kept the lead at 20 points.
Madeline Weaver and Alexis Sykora both scored in the final minute to send the Warriors to halftime with a 38-17 lead.
LC State struck for 17 straight in the third quarter, fueled by triples from Souvenir and Farmer and five points from Muehlhausen. The Warriors lead 60-26 heading into the final 10 minutes after allowing one six Yote points.
Four straight points from Edmiston and two foul shots each from Hannah Broyles and Farmer continued to push the Warriors along in the last quarter. A basket by Rachel Schroeder gave LC State its largest lead of the game, 38 points, at 3:13, and the Warriors cruised to a 75-39 victory.
Muehlhausen led the Warriors with 14 points in the best game of her career. She also grabbed six boards, one block and a steal. Farmer tallied 12 points and four assists while shooting 3-for-5 from the field and from 3. Edmiston added 12 points and was 4-for-7 from the field.
“Sara was big tonight,” Orr said. “This is a girl that has gotten so much stronger and has developed her skills every single day at practice. Our girls did a great job of finding her and I was really happy for her.”
“It felt really good, and I just kept getting more and more energized,” Muehlhausen said. “It was really fun to play and I play the best from I am having fun.”
Souvenir filled up the stat sheet with nine points, eight boards, three assists and two steals. She was 3-for-6 from behind the arc. Holm chipped in eight points, four rebounds and was 2-for-2 from 3.
The Warriors shot 46.3 percent from the field as a team. They drained 11 3-pointers (11-for-24) and were 14-for-17 (82.4 percent) from the free throw line. 33 of the 75 points came off the bench. They dished out 18 assists and outrebounded the Yotes 45-35. All but one Warrior scored.
LC State held C of I to 23.3 percent shooting from the floor and 23.1 percent from 3-point range.
“We came out wanting to play together and play to our potential,” Muehlhausen added. “A lot of times we come out really strong and end weaker, or come out weak and end strong, and we just wanted to come out and be consistent.”
Next on the schedule for the Warrior women is a back-to-back set with Simpson (Calif.) beginning on January 15. Tip off on night one is set for 6:00pm.