By Logan Fowler, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Sports Information Director
LEWISTON, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) head women’s basketball coach Brian Orr won his 300th game as the Warriors toppled Langston (Okla.) 81-67 at the Activity Center on Saturday night.
Orr, who joined the Warriors in 2001 and is now in his 13th season at the helm, has amassed a career record of 300-102. Under his leadership the program has won three Frontier Conference regular season title and five conference tournament titles, and has qualified for nationals 10 times.
“We’ve been able to get good players,” Orr said after the game. “It’s all about having great players no matter what. And one of the reasons we get them is because we get tremendous support. We get support from our community, our scholarship club, and of course from our administration.”
Orr’s win total ranks as the 14th most among active NAIA Division I coaches, and his winning percentage of .746 is sixth best among coaches in the top 15. Orr is now just 11 wins away from becoming the winningest coach in Warrior women’s basketball history. Mike Divilbiss, who led the program from 1987-2001, holds the record with a Warrior career mark of 310-122.
“It’s a milestone that you’re proud of,” Orr said. “But at the same time, personally, I think there are way too many losses in there. I look at the losses and that’s really what I think about.”
The Warriors looked determined to make sure Saturday’s game was another notch in the win column as they found a way to outpace Langston for the second straight night.
“It was a great team effort and we’re happy to get this one. It’s always difficult playing a good team, like (Langston is), in back-to-back games and coming out with two wins.
LCSC outshot the Lions 40.8 to 35.2 percent from the field, but the biggest difference in the game was the Warriors’ ability to get to the foul line where they made 38-of-53 attempts.
“I really liked our resilience all night long. When they made runs we answered,” said Orr. “It was obviously a little bit more of a grind-out game. I thought Langston was really prepared. They took away our perimeter game, and we didn’t shoot the ball as well (as Friday night), but I liked out overall effort.”
Led by 21 points and four assists from Brittaney Niebergall the Warriors built a 39-26 lead by halftime, and then scored 42 points in the second half to match Langston’s 41-point surge after the break.
Niebergall shot a perfect 12-for-12 at the free throw line, a mark that stands as the most free throws made without a miss in program history.
Hannah Byerly and Tanis Fuller also turned in big games as they scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, and both had eight rebounds.
“I thought Hannah byerly had her best game as a Warrior, and obviously Brittney had a tremendous weekend.”
The Warriors, now 5-0, did a good job of capitalizing on Langston’s 26 turnovers as they held a 30-12 lead in points off of miscues. They also used their roster depth to their advantage, amassing a 36-12 advantage in points off the bench.
Langston (0-3) was led by 21 points from Lynette Holmes and an 18 points, seven rebound effort by Alex Adekunie.
Next on Lewis-Clark State’s slate is a trip to Boise, Idaho for an exhibition game against Boise State University on Monday at 7 p.m.