DILLON, MT - The thirteenth ranked Lewis-Clark State Women’s Basketball team had a tough test Thursday when they took on the defending national champions in Dillon, Montana. The 24th ranked Montana Western Bulldogs came from behind in the final quarter to overtake the Warriors and ultimately come away with the 54-50 win.
“I really don’t want to take anything away from Western because they got hot in the fourth quarter and out-played us,” head coach Brian Orr said, “but we pretty much just handed them the win. We lost our focus and intensity in the second half. We quit defending and rebounding, and on offense we didn’t execute well and just settled for jump stops. We need to grow quickly because every game in this league is going to be a battle.”
Kiara Burlage hit a 3 to opening the scoring with an assist from Jansen Edmiston. Peyton Souvenir doubled the lead a minute later to make it 6-0 three minutes in. The Warriors got off to a hot start, scoring the games first six points and also going on a separate 10-0 run late in the second quarter to push the lead to eight before halftime.
The Bulldogs rallied in the second half to cut the Lewis Clark State lead to three at 43-40 with 5:53 to play, and a 3 pointer tied things up 43-43 at 5:16.
The game then went back and forth for the closing minutes, before the Bulldogs hit what became the game winner with a 3 pointer as time wound down. UMW came from behind to take the contest 54-50.
Burlage led all Warrior scorers with 13 points, Edmiston had 12 and Souvenir collected 11 points and eight boards. The Warriors were 11-for-15 (73.33 percent) from the line and forced 20 turnovers.
The Warriors continue their road trip on Saturday when they face the 20th ranked Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana at 2 P.M.