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Strong Second Half Propels Lewis-Clark State into Second Round

March 15, 2012
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications & Sports Information

FRANKFORT, Ky. – (Box Score; Coach Interview) Tasha Bishop tallied a season-high seven 3-pointers, including four in the second half, as Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) downed Loyola (La.), 74-63, in first round action at the 2012 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship presented by Kentuckytourism.com. The event is held at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky.

With the win, the Warriors improve to 29-4 on the season and advance to the second round for the third-consecutive year – 12th overall. Lewis-Clark State will play the winner of Lubbock Christian (Texas)/LSU Shreveport (La.) on 2:15 p.m. EST on Friday.

“We just wanted to play our game,” said Warrior head coach Brian Orr. “In the first half, and at times in the second, we didn’t handle their pressure very well. However, our senior leadership showed through in the second half. In the end, we did what we had to do to beat a good team.”

Bishop led Lewis-Clark State with a season-high 23 points, while also adding seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Kirsi Voshell posted her 12th double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Frontier Conference Player of the Year Jasmine Stohr chipped in 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting.

The two teams traded baskets over the first six minutes, until five unanswered gave the Wolfpack a 15-11 lead. However Lewis-Clark State answered back with an 8-2 run of its own to knot the score, 19-19, at the 8:35 mark of the first half. From there, Loyola fought back with a 12-3 stretch, before the Warriors answered once again behind a 9-2 run, highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers by Bishop to make it a 33-31 Wolfpack advantage at the break.

Lewis-Clark State outshot Loyola, 46.2 percent (12-for-26) to 30.6 percent (11-of-36), in the first half, but committed 15 turnovers and was outrebounded 21-18.

However, the second half belonged completely to the Warriors, who shot 66.7 percent (18-of-27) in the period, including a 6-for-9 effort from long range. The Warriors, who bookended the half with Bishop 3-pointers, claimed a 36-35 lead with 19:01 left on the clock and never looked back, growing its advantage to as many as 19 (74-55).

Lost in the shuffle was the 34-point performance by Loyola’s Keiva Council. She finished the game shooting 6-for-12 from beyond the arc and a 10-for-10 at the foul line. As a team, Loyola ended the contest shooting 29.4 percent (20-of-68) from the field, while forcing Lewis-Clark State into a season-high 28 turnovers.

The Wolfpack end the 2011-12 campaign with a 23-6 overall record and fall to 2-5 in national tournament play.
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