BILLINGS, MT - The thirteenth ranked Lewis-Clark State Women's Basketball team battled back from a 15 point deficit during regulation to force overtime against the number 20 Rocky Mountain Battlin Bears Saturday in Billings, MT. The Warriors fought tooth and nail until the end, but ultimately fell 71-69 on a last second buzzer beater.
Abbie Johnson recorded a career-high 13 rebounds in the third double-double of her career (15 points, 13 rebounds), and Kiara Burlage also notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“It’s always heartbreaking when you lose at the buzzer,” head coach Brian Orr said. “It’s even worse when you lose after battling back from a 15-point deficit. I was really proud of the way we fought to get back in the game, but in the end it’s still a loss.”
The Battlin Bears held a seven point lead going into halftime, at 31-24. After that, the Bears continued to grow the lead, even ballooning up to a 15 point deficit at one point.
That's where the Warriors started their comeback. Behind the leadership of Burlage and Jansen Edmiston, the Warriors were able to battle their way all the way back to force overtime.
Rocky Mountain scored the first two buckets in the overtime period and pushed their lead back out to four, but a big 3 from LCSC made it 67-66 with under a minute to play. Rocky nailed a 3 in response to go up 69-66, but another three from the Warriors tied things up. Rocky then dribbled down the court and set up the final play, ultimately finding the basket they needed at the buzzer to take the game 71-69 in overtime.
Both teams went 6-for-21 from three point range and Lewis Clark State grabbed three more rebounds, holding the advantage 50-47.
“Going 0-2 on this road trip is extremely disappointing and you can’t win championships if you can’t win on the road. We know we are going to have to work hard to get back in the race,” Orr said. “We are looking forward to playing four-straight at home. We need to find ways to win and build our team confidence back up.”
LC State will now head home to host Number 11 MSU-Northern on Thursday at 5:30 P.M. in the LCSC Activity Center.