LEWISTON - After falling behind by as many as 20 points Saturday afternoon to the Providence Argonauts, the 25th ranked Lewis-Clark State Warrior women scratched and clawed their way all the way back to a 61-60 victory. In the second-straight game that was decided in the games final minute, Abby Farmer scored the go-ahead three-point play for LCSC that put the game away.
“I knew going in that we had to get a shot up since there was only eight seconds left so you have to be confident and know that your teammates are always there for you,” Farmer said, “and at the end of the day you just have to get to the rim.”
Farmer’s basket fell with five seconds to play and tied the game at 60, and the final free throw put the Warriors in front.
“At the end of the day we’ve all worked so hard on our free throws and shot many in our careers, so at the end of the day it’s just another free throw,” Farmer said.
The lead traded hands throughout the final quarter, and with 16 seconds left the Argos led by a looming four points at 60-56. A pair of free throws from Kiara Burlage made it 60-58, giving Providence possession of the basketball.
The Warriors fouled UP’s Emiliee Maldonado who missed both foul shots, allowing Burlage to grab a rebound. Farmer then tied the game with a contested shot and drew a foul for the 'and one' play.
“I think we started to relaxed and too low,” junior Jansen Emdiston explained. “When Abby came in she brought up the tempo and was pushing the ball and she was getting open teammates the ball. That’s what got us back in the game.”
Burlage led LC State with 17 points and eight rebounds. Jamie Nielson and Farmer each totaled 10 points and Farmer dished out another five assists.
As a team, the Warriors were an impressive 19-for-20 from the free throw line (95%). The bench contributed as well by scoring 20 points.
Providence's Parker Esary led the game with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Bailey Cartwright also notched a double-double with 18 points and 13 boards.
The current home stand for the Warriors continues Thursday in the LCSC Activity Center, when the Warriors host 22nd ranked Montana Western at 5:30 P.M.